The mission of the Helen Bader Office of Applied Gerontology is to promote optimal aging and strengthen connections with community partners by advancing opportunities in gerontology education, research and training for students, faculty, and the community.

Dr. Colleen Galambos was selected to the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s Quality of Care in Nursing Homes Committee. Visit The Quality of Care in Nursing Homes web page for more information about the committee.

On Saturday, November 6th, members of the Student Gerontology Association participated in UWM’s Make a Difference Day. Dr. Colleen Galambos, Helen Bader Endowed Chair in Applied Gerontology at UWM, was invited by the National Academy of Medicine to participate in the
Vital Directions for Health and Health Care: Priorities for 2021 initiative. This initiative provides expert guidance on US health policy focus areas, including health care for older adults. Visit to read the policy priorities that can help improve the care and quality of life for all older adults in the article “Actualizing Better Health and Health Care for Older Adults,” co-authored by Dr. Galambos.
Dr. Galambos leading a public session for the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s consensus study committee on Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults: Opportunities for the Health Care System.



Colleen Galambos, PhD

Helen Bader Endowed Chair in Applied Gerontology

Jen Kahn-Pettigrew, MSW, APSW

Coordinator for Education and Programming

Jason Jurado

Program Associate

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  • Galambos, C.M., Greene, R. R., Cohen, H.L., & Kropf, N.P. (2018). Foundations of social work practice in the field of aging: A competency-based approach (2nd ed). Washington, D.C.: NASW.
  • Greene, R.R., Galambos, C. M., Greene, N. (2016). Social work with the aged and their families (4th ed.). New Brunswick, New Jersey: Aldine Transaction.
  • Cummings, S. & Galambos, C. (2004). Diversity and aging in the social environment. Binghamton, N.Y.: Haworth Press.