Dr. Bial is a Faculty Research Scholar at the Ravazzin Center on Aging at GSS. Her research and teaching interests have included social work in long-term care, use of oral history and reminiscence, workforce development in aging and substance abuse in older adults. Previously she was Associate Director of Field Instruction and Director of the school’s Japanese and American program in Aging. She has had 25 years of experience as a practitioner, supervisor and consultant in the field of aging mostly in hospitals and long-term care facilities. She has worked on several projects with the Westchester Department of Senior Programs and Services. She has also served as Policy committee chair of the State Society on Aging of New York and is currently a representative to the United Nations from the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics.