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Ravazzin Center Areas of Research

Area of research, RavazzinThe Ravazzin Center on Aging conducts research that will help further understanding of aging and strengthen the role of social work in our aging society.

The Center’s area of research addresses the following major issues in the field of aging:

Social Work Education

  • Kelly, P. L., Heyman, J. C., Tice-Brown, D., & White-Ryan, L. (2020). Interprofessional practice: Social work students’ perspectives on collaboration. Social Work in Health Care. https://doi.org/10.1080/00981389.2020.1719565
  • Videka, L. & Heyman, J.C. (2018). Future directions for health and social work. In J.C. Heyman and E.P. Congress, Health and social work: Practice, policy, and research.  New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
  • Heyman, J.C., White-Ryan, L., & Kelly, M. (2018).  Interprofessional practice:  New Directions in the field of aging.  Presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America: Boston, MA.
  • Pardasani, M., Goldkind, L., Heyman, J. C. & Cross-Denny, B.  (2011). How much does the distance in distance education matter? Our students speak.  Social Work Education, 31(4), 406-421doi: 10.1080/02615479.2011.573547.

Healthcare

  • White-Ryan, L., Heyman, J.C., Kelly, P., Pardasani, M., Caprio, T.V., Wexler, S., Berman, J., & Abramson, T. (2020). Enhancing older adults’ communication with their health care provider.  Submitted to The Gerontologist. Under Review.
  • Heyman, J.C., White-Ryan, L., Kelly, P., & Pardasani, M.  (2019). The impact of an education intervention: Improving communication between older adults and health care providers. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Austin, TX.
  • White-Ryan, L. Heyman, J.C., Kelly, P., Pardasani, P., Caprio, T.V., Berman, J., & Abramson, T. (2019).  Importance of strengthening older adults communication with their health care providers. Presented at the annual meeting of the State Society on Aging of New York, Saratoga Springs, NY.
  • Heyman, J. C., & Congress, E.P. (2018). Health and social work: Practice, policy, and research.  New York, NY: Springer Publishing,
  • Heyman, J.C., Kelly, P.L., Reback, G., & Blumenstock, K.  (2018).   Social determinants of health.  In J.C. Heyman and E.P. Congress, Health and social work: Practice, policy, and research.  New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
  • Heyman, J.C, Dubus, N.M., Copeland, V.C., Stanhope, V., Schiefer, R.A., Videka, L., Sullivan, P.W., & Delva, J.  (October, 2014). Integrated care and the future of social work practice: Challenges and opportunities.  Paper presentation at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Tampa, Florida. 

Intergenerational Programming

  • Matloff-Nieves, S., Castro, D., Wackstein, N. Heyman, J.C., Kelly, P., Farmer, G.L., Dewan, S., Minaya, R., & Davis, H.  (2019). A story of community assets and needs. Presented at the annual meeting of the State Society on Aging of New York, Saratoga Springs, NY.
  • Heyman, J.C., & Gutheil, I.A., & White-Ryan, L.  (2011). Preschool children’s attitudes towards older adults:  Comparison of intergenerational and traditional day care.  Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 9 (4), 435-444.  doi: 10.1080/15350770.2011.618381.

Foster Care and Family Supports

  • Heyman, White-Ryan, L., Farmer, G.L., Kelly, P. & Leaman Lihn, T., & Davis, H. (2020 Revise and Resubmit).  Trust:  Making a world of difference in foster care lives.  Children and Youth Service Review.  Revise and Resubmit.
  • Kelly, P. (2020). Risk and protective factors contributing to homelessness among foster care youth: An analysis of the National Youth in Transition Database. Children and Youth Services Review, 108, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104589
  • Farmer, G.L., Heyman, J.C., & Kelly, P. (2020) An often forgotten population: Exploring homelessness among foster care youth.  Presented at the Society for Social Work and Research 24th Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
  • Heyman, J., Leaman, T.L., Gregory, R., Kelly, P., & White-Ryan, L. (2017, January). Experiences of LGBTQI2-S youth and young adults.  Presented at the Society for Social Work and Research 21st Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Palliative Care

  • Berkman, C., & Stein, G. L. (2018). Palliative and end-of-life care in the masters of social work curriculum. Palliative and Supportive Care, 16(2), 180–188. https://doi.org/10.1017/S147895151700013X
  • Berkman, C., Stein, G. L., & Glajchen, M. (2018). Palliative and end-of-life care. In J. C. Heyman & E. P. Congress (Eds.), Health and social work: Practice, policy, and research. (pp. 145–168). Springer Publishing Company.
  • Dobrof, J., Heyman, J.C., & Greenberg, R.M. (2011). Building on community assets to improve palliative and end-of-life care. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, 7 (1), 5-13. doi: 10.1080/15524256.2011.548044.
  • Gutheil, I.A., & Heyman, J.C. (2011). A social work perspective: Attitudes toward end-of-life planning. Social Work in Health Care, 50, 763-774. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2011.595479.
  • Heyman. J.C., & Gutheil, I.A. (2010). Older Latinos’ attitudes toward and comfort with end-of-life planning. Health & Social Work, 35(1), 17-26.

Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Heyman, J., White-Ryan, L., Kelly, P. (2018). Impact of Alzheimer’s disease awareness initiatives. West Harrison, NY.
  • Heyman, J.C., White-Ryan, L., Kelly, P.  (2016). Health care professionals insights on reaching individual and families with Alzheimer’s disease.  West Harrison, NY.

Loneliness and Social Isolation

  • Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service Conference. (2020, April 21). The decade’s public health crisis: Alone, lonely, and isolated. Fordham University: New York, NY.

Community Program Evaluation

  • Matloff-Nieves, S., Castro, D., Wackstein, N. Heyman, J.C., Kelly, P., Farmer, G.L., Dewan, S., Minaya, R., & Davis, H.  (2019). A story of community assets and needs. Presented at the annual meeting of the State Society on Aging of New York, Saratoga Springs, NY.
  • Heyman, J.C., White-Ryan, L., Kelly, P., Reback, G., Blumenstock, K., & Fraulo, R. (2019).  Aging Mastery.  West Harrison, NY.
  • Leaman, T. Heyman, J., Farmer, G. L., Gregory, R. White-Ryan, L. (2014). Westchester Building Futures (WBF): Developing a blue print for change in foster care.  Paper presentation at the Administration for Children and Families Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Gutheil, I.A., Heyman, J.C., Bial, M., O’Malley, M., & Friedman, E. (2013, October). Personal and interpersonal change: The impact of a creative arts program. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the State Society on Aging of New York, Saratoga Springs, NY.