Colleen Galambos, PhD

Helen Bader Endowed Chair in Applied Gerontology
Social Work

Dr. Colleen Galambos, PHD, LCSW, LCSW-C, ACSW, FGSA, is a professor at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare's Office of Applied Gerontology; and the associate director for education and community programming at the Center for Aging and Translational Research.

Dr. Galambos is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a National Association of Social Workers Pioneer. She was recently appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on the Health and Medical Dimensions of Social Isolation and Loneliness in Older Adults. Her practice experience includes clinical, administrative, policy, and research positions in a variety of health and long term care organizations.

Research Interests:

Galambos’ active research areas include care transitions, advance care planning/end of life decision making, aging in place, health and long–term care systems quality improvement, gerontechnology, older adults and behavioral health, practice approaches in work with older adults, and competency based gerontological education. Most recently, she worked as an investigator on several research projects aimed at improving long-term care, funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, National Institutes of Health, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, totaling over $37 million in grant support.

Professional Work:

  • Secretary-General, North American Chapter, International Society of Gerontechnology
  • Chair, Aging Specialty Practice Section Committee, National Association of Social Workers
  • National Academies Consensus Study Social Work Workgroup
  • Advisory Board, National Social Services Director's Survey
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Health and Human Service Administration
  • Associate Editor, Gerontechnology Journal

Books:

  • 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.
  • Greene, R. R., Cohen, H.L., Galambos, C.M., & Kropf, N.P. (2007). Foundations of social work practice in the field of aging: A competency-based approach. Washington, D.C. : NASW
  • Cummings, S. & Galambos, C. (2004). Diversity and aging in the social environment. Binghamton, N.Y.: Haworth Press.

Select Recent Publications (out of more than 115):

  • Galambos, C. (2017). Disasters: A professional response. Aging Section Connection Fall/Winter, 1-3.
  • Rantz, M., Phillips, L., Galambos, C., Lane, K., Alexander, G., DeSpins, L., Koopman, R.,Skubic, M., Hicks, L., Miller, S., Craver, A., Harris, B. (2017). Randomized trial of intelligent sensor system for early illness alerts in senior housing. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 18, 10, 860-870.
  • Pelts, M. & Galambos, C. (2017). Intergroup contact: Using storytelling to increase awareness of lesbian and gay older adults in long term care settings. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 60,6-7, 587-604.
  • Galambos, C.; Rantz, M.; Back; J.; Jun, J.S.; Skubic, M.; Miller, S.; (2017). Older adults’ perceptions and preferences of a fall risk assessment system: Exploring stages of acceptance model: Computers, Informatics, Nursing. 35,7, 331-337.
  • Galambos, C., Starr, J., Rantz, M., & Petroski, G. (2016). Analysis of advance directive documentation to support palliative care activity in nursing homes. Health and Social Work, 41, 4, 228-234. doi: 10.1093/hsw/hlw042.
  • Galambos, C. (2017). Frail Elderly Syndrome. In Carpenito, L.J. Nursing Diagnosis: Application to Clinical Practice, 15th ed. Philadelphia: WoltersKluwer/Lippencott Williams, and Wilkins
  • Galambos, C. (2017). Risk for Frail Elderly Syndrome. In Carpenito, L.J. Nursing Diagnosis: Application to Clinical Practice, 15th ed. Philadelphia: WoltersKluwer/Lippencott Williams, and Wilkins
  • Galambos, C., Starr, J., Musterman, K., Rantz, M. (2015). Staff perceptions of social work student contributions to home health care services at an independent living facility. Home Health Care Now, April, 1-9.doi:10.1097/NHH.0000000000215.
  • Alexander, G., Rantz, M., Galambos, C., Vogelsmeir, A., Popejoy, L., Shumate, S. & Elvin, M. (2015). Preparing nursing homes for the future of health information exchange. Applied Clinical Informatics 6, (2), 248-260. DOI:10.4338/ACI-2014-12-RA-0113
  • Rantz, M.J., Popejoy, L., Galambos, C., Phillips, L.J., Lane, K. R., Marek, K. D., Hicks, L., Musterman, K., Back, J., Miller, S., & Bin, G. (2014). The continued success of registered nurse care coordination in a state evaluation of aging in place in senior housing. Nursing Outlook. Online publication. Doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2014.02.005.
  • Galambos, C. & Jun, J.S. (2014). Policies affecting health, mental health, and caregiving: Medicaid. In Berkman, B. & D’Ambruoso, S. (Eds.). Oxford Handbook of Social Work in Aging. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Popejoy, L., Galambos, C., & Vogelsmeier, A. (2014). Hospital to nursing home transition challenges: Perceptions of nursing home staff. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 29, 2, 1-7. DOI:10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000051

Curriculum Vitae