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Manoj Pardasani

Senior Associate Dean and Associate Professor
Phone: 212-636-6612
Office: Lincoln Center 726D


BA, University of Mumbai

MSW, PhD, Yeshiva University

Research Interests

Community-based Organizations and Practice Models

Human Services Leadership and Administration

Gerontology and HIV/AIDS


Manoj Pardasani, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W., is a Senior Associate Dean, 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 the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva   University.

Manoj started his social work career in senior centers and that sparked his lifelong passion for the study of senior centers.   He is the nation’s leading researcher on senior centers and has conducted a number of studies on senior center programming, characteristics of senior center administrators and participants, and policy advocacy by senior centers, which have been published in peer-reviewed, academic journals.   Recently he compiled an exhaustive bibliography of all research and publications related to senior centers from 1978 to 2008.  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 at the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) and has been a part of their Research, New Models and Policy sub-committees.  In the last three years, he has conducted two national studies related to senior centers.  The first study explored and identified emerging, innovative models of senior centers around the country, while the second evaluated the advocacy practices and policy concerns of senior center administrators.  In 2009, he was funded by the Fan Fox and Leslie Samuels Foundation to conduct an extensive review of senior centers in New York City.  His study surveyed senior center administrators, participants and non-participating older adults to identify needs, challenges, program models, participation trends and highlight factors critical to modernization.   This study led to the development of 10 new innovative senior centers in NYC.  He also completed a 3-year, longitudinal, quasi-experimental study of the impact of senior center participation on the health and well-being of older adults, the first of its kind in the US.  His studies have directly led to strategic improvements in program models, caseload sizes and increased funding for community-based services for older adults.

In addition to senior centers, Dr. Pardasani’s research has explored community-based programs for older adults such as case management, volunteer visiting, grandparent caregiving, as well programs for people living with HIV/AIDS.  He has conducted research nationally and internationally, and served as a visiting scholar in China, Germany, Chile, Korea, Taiwan, and India.

He 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 is the past President of the New York State Society on Aging (SSA), Southwestern Social Science Association (SSSA) and the National Social Welfare Alliance.

He is the Chair-elect of the National Nominating Committee of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), a Fellow in the CSWE Program Directors Academy (2016) and a Fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine.  In 2012, he was the recipient of the prestigious German Academic Exchange Fellowship (DAAD).  In 2016, he was awarded the Mid-Career Exemplary Social Work Leader Award by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).

Selected Publications

Pardasani, M. & Allen, P. (in press).  Health care and work with older adults and their caregivers.  In J. Heyman and E. Congress (Eds.), Health Care and Social Work:  Practice, Policy and Research. 

Cox, C. & Pardasani, M. (in press).  Aging and Human Rights: A rights-based approach to social work with older adults.  Journal of Human Rights and Social Work.

Pardasani, M. (in press).  Teaching students the importance of community engagement and awareness in the areas of mental health and addiction.  In A. Sisselman and T. McMillan (Eds.), Treatment, Education, and Outreach for Mental Health and Addiction.  New York: Springer.

Hanson, M. & Pardasani, M. (2016).  Social Work with and in organizations.  In M. Mattaini C. Lowery (Eds.), Foundations of Social Work Practice (5th edition), Chapter 10, pp. 211-229. 

Chazin, R., Pardasani, M. & Kail, B. (2015).  Better Futures International: Using focus group discussions for program evaluation.  Journal of HIV and Social Services, 14(4), 373-391.

Rozario, P., & Pardasani, M. (2015).   Senior Centers.  In B. Berkman & D. Kaplan (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging (2nd edition), pp. 151-160.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Pardasani, M. & Bandyopadhyay, S. (2014).  Race/ethnicity matters: The experiences of minority groups in public health programs. , Journal of Cultural  Diversity, 21(3), 90-98.

Pardasani, M. & Sackman, B. (2014).  New York City Senior Centers: A unique, grassroots, collaborative advocacy effort.  Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 38(3), 200-219.

Linn-Walton, R. & Pardasani, M. (2014).  Working with dislikable clients.  The Clinical Supervisor, 33(1), 100-121. 

Smith, J. & Pardasani, M. (2014).  Parenting in later life: A cross-cultural study.  Journal of Family Social Work, 17(3), 209-228.

Cox, C. & Pardasani, M. (2013).  Alzheimer's in the workplace: A challenge for social work.  Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 56(8), 643-656.

Goldkind, L. & Pardasani, M.  (2013). Social workers as senior executives: Does academic training dictate leadership style?  Advances in Social Work, 14(2), 573-593.

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.

Selected Grants

Co-PI on Extramural Grant with Dr. Janna Heyman (PI): Service Area 3 (Organizational Analysis) of the Analytic Technical Assistance + Program Evaluation, 2017 - 2019.  Funded by NYC Administration of Children’s Services ($80,000).

Program Evaluation PI on Extramural Grant (Co-PI: Dr. Cathy Berkman): Friendly Visiting Program Evaluation, 2017 - 2018.  Funded by New York City Department for the Aging ($90,000).

Co-PI on Extramural Grant with Dr. Cathy Berkman (PI): Geriatric Mental Health Program Evaluation, 2017 - 2018.  Funded by New York City Department for the Aging ($90,000).

Co-PI on Extramural Grant with Dr. Janna Heyman (PI) and Dr. Linda White-Ryan (Co-PI):  Addressing the risks of concomitant alcohol and medication use in older adults: Research to practice, 2017 - 2018.  Funded by the NY Community Trust ($70,000).

PI on Extramural Grant:  Age-Tastic: A Program Evaluation, 2015-2016.  Funded by the New York City Department for the Aging ($20,000).

PI on Extramural Grant:  Case Management for Frail Elderly: A Program Evaluation, 2014-2015.  Funded by the Hartford Silberman Center of Excellence in Aging and Diversity ($8,000).

PI on Extramural Grant:  Metro East 99th Street Adult Day Program: Transitioning to the Community, 2014-2015.  Funded by the New York State Balancing Incentive Program (BIP) ($50,000).

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

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


Selected Community Services

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

Past President, New York State Society on Aging (SSA)

Past President, Social Welfare Action Alliance (SWAA)

Past President, Social Work Chapter, Southwestern Social Sciences Association (SSSA)

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

Conference Program Chair, State Society on Aging (SSA-New York)

Member and Site Visitor (trained), Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)