Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York


manoj pardasani
associate professor
Manoj Pardasani, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W., is a Faculty Research Scholar at the Ravazzin Center for Social Work Research in Aging and Associate Professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.  He has a Master's of Social Work degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Yeshiva University, New York.

The main focus of his research is community-based organizations that promote the health and well-being of older adults, specifically senior centers.  He has conducted a number of studies on senior center programming, characteristics of senior center administrators and participants, impact of participation and policy advocacy by senior centers, which have been published in several peer-reviewed academic journals.  Recently he compiled an exhaustive bibliography fo all research and publications related to senior centers from 1978 to 2011.  He is the recipient of the 2004 and 2011 Outstanding Researcher Award from the National Council on Aging (NCOA).  He serves as the Principal Researcher for the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) and has served as a consultant to the Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City (a membership and advocacy association of senior centers), the California Commission on Aging, and the State Associations of Senior Centers in California, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee and Florida.  He serves as the National Chair of Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA), President of the Social Work Chapter of Southwestern Social Sciences Association and is President-elect of the State Society on Aging (New York).

He teaches at both the MSW and doctoral levels in two primary areas at Fordham - clinical social work and human services management.  He has also taught courses on community practice, supervision and staff development, human behavior and advanced social policy analysis.

Contact Information: (212) 636-6622 /

Pardasani, M. & Sackman, B. (in press).  New York City Senior Centers: A unique, grassroots, collaborative advocacy effort.  Activities, Adaptation & Aging.

Cox, C. & Pardasani, M. (in press).  Alzheimer's in the Workplace: A Challenge for Social Work.  Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

Goldkind, L. & Pardasani, M.  (in press).  Social workers as senior executives: does academic training dictate leadership style?  Advances in Social Work.

Pardasani, M. & Bandyopadhyay, S. (in press).  Race/ethnicity matters: The experiences of minority groups in public health programs.  Journal of Cultural Diversity.

Goldkind, L., Pardasani, M., & Marmo, S. (2013).  Merging for survival: An innovative collaboration effort, one year later.  Administration in Social Work, 37(2), 199-212.

Maschi, T., MacMillan, T., Pardasani, M., Lee, J, & Moreno, C. (2013). Moving Stories: Evaluation of a MSW experiential learning project on aging and diversity.  Journal of Social Work Education, 46(3), 461-475.

Goldkind, L. & Pardasani, M. (2012).  More than the sum of its parts: An innovative organizational collaboration model.  Administration in Social Work, 36(3), 258-279.                                                                      

Pardasani, M. & Thomson, P. (2012).  Senior centers: Innovative and emerging models.  Journal of Applied Gerontology, 31(1), 52-77.

Maschi, T., MacMillan, T., Pardasani, M., Lee, J.S., & Moreno, C. (2012). Moving stories: Evaluation of a BSW oral history project with older adults with diverse immigration histories. Educational Gerontology, 38(4), 228-242.

Pardasani, M. & Goldkind, L. (2012).  Senior centers and policy advocacy: Changing public perceptions.  Educational Gerontology, 38(6), 375-390.

Pardasani, M. & Goldkind, L. (2012).  Managing agencies for multicultural services.  In E. Congress & M. Gonzalez (Eds.), Multicultural Perspectives in Social Work Practice with Families (pp.41-55).  New York: Springer Publishing Co.

Pardasani, M., Goldkind, L., Heyman, J. & Cross-Denny, Bronwyn (2011).  How much does the distance in distance education matter? Our students speak.  Social Work Education: An International Journal, 31(4), 406-421.

Pardasani, M. (2012).  Review of the book “Professional Discretion in Welfare Services: Beyond Street-Level Bureaucracy” by Dr. Tony Evans.  International Journal of Social Welfare.

Pardasani, M., Chazin, R. & Fortinsky, L. (2010).  The Orphans International Tanzania (OIT) Family Care Model: Strengthening kinship networks and empowering families.  Journal of HIV and Social Services, 9(3), 305-321.

Pardasani, M. (2010).  Senior centers: Characteristics of participants and non participants.  Activities, Adaptation and Aging, 34(1), 48-70.

Bandyopadhyay, S. & Pardasani, M. (2010).  Do quality perceptions of health and social services vary for different ethnic groups?  An empirical investigation.  International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, 14, 1–15.

Pardasani, M., Moreno, C. L. & Forge, N. (2010).  Cultural competence and HIV/AIDS.  In Cynthia Poindexter (Ed.), Social Services and Social Action in the HIV Pandemic: Principles, Methods, and Populations (pp. 41-58).  Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons

2013 – 2014 Recipient of Extramural Grant: Analysis of Case Management Caseloads: Impact on Service, 2013-2014.  Funded by the New York City Department for the Aging ($80,000).

2013 Recipient of Faculty Teaching Fellowship, Universidad Autonoma de Chile, Santiago, Chile

2012 – 2015 Recipient of Extramural Grant: Innovative Senior Centers of New York City: An Evaluation of Development and Outcomes. Funded by New York Community Trust ($390,000) and Fan Fox and Samuels Foundation ($90,000).

2012 Recipient of Faculty Teaching Fellowship, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) at Hochschule Ravensburg-Weingarten

2012 – 2013 Recipient of Faculty Research Development Fund Grant from the Graduate School of Social Service ($4,000) to conduct a program evaluation for Hope Shines, Rwanda.

2011 - 2012   Recipient of Faculty Research Development Fund Grant from the Graduate School of Social Service ($4,000) to conduct a program evaluation for Orphans International Tanzania.

2009 - 2010   Co-recipient with the Council of Senior Centers and Services (CSCS) of Senior Center Study Grant from the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation ($50,000)

2010 – 2011 Recipient of Faculty Research Grant from Fordham University ($4,000) to conduct an exploratory study of senior centers in India.

2009 - 2010 Co-recipient with Lauri Goldkind of Faculty Research Development Fund Grant from the Graduate School of Social Service ($8,000)

2005 - 2006  Recipient of the NIA Fellowship - Social Work Research in Aging (St. Scholastica College)

Director of Senior Center Research, National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), a constituent of the National Council on Aging (NCOA - Washington, DC)

Behavioral and Social Science Volunteer (BSSV), American Psychological Association (APA)

President-elect (2012), State Society of Aging (SSA-NY)

National Chair and Program Co-Chair (2006 - 2009), Social Welfare Action Alliance Annual Conference (SWAA)

President and Program Chair (2008 - 2009), Southwestern Social Science Association (Social Work Chapter) Annual Conference


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