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Social work professor chosen for Faculty Scholar Program

May 27, 2009

ASU School of Social Work assistant professor David R. Hodge recently was selected by the Hartford Foundation for the highly competitive Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar Program. 

The scholars program fosters an intellectually stimulating, mutually supportive network of colleagues involved in research and teaching in geriatric social work. These scholars will train the next generation of social workers to provide care to older Americans and their caregivers.

The program aims to enhance the effectiveness of faculty scholars as academic leaders, role models and mentors for future generations of social work professionals working in geriatrics.

Hodge will complete a research project focusing on how older adults perceive their spiritual needs are addressed in hospital in-patient settings.

He will be paired with national gerontological social work research mentors who will provide in-person and long distance ongoing substantive and methodological review of his research.

The scholar program addresses the lack of adequately trained social work practitioners to meet the social and health care needs of today and tomorrow's rapidly increasing aging population.