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2016-2017 MSW Fellows in Aging

Meet the 2016-2017 MSW Fellows in Aging

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 MSW Fellows in Aging! These students will complete their fellowship as part of their advanced social work field placements, where they will complete leadership projects to enhance the organizations' capacity to touch the lives of older adults and caregivers.


JESSICA BRUM
2016-2017 LIFE AT LOURDES FELLOW IN AGING

Jessica completed her first year internship at Deborah Heart and Lung Center in Browns Mills, NJ, where she coordinated discharge plans for high-risk patients. Her advanced internship will be at LIFE at Lourdes in Pennsauken, NJ, which offers a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). She is particularly interested in working with adults with dementia and other chronic illnesses and enhancing the ability for older adults to age in place. She is looking forward to learning more about how to help individuals to maintain dignity and independence throughout the aging process. 


GEOFFREY "OWEN" LLOYD
2016-2017 PARKER HOME FELLOW IN AGING*

Owen completed his generalist field placement at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties in Asbury Park, NJ, which included interviewing prospective volunteer Big Brothers and Big Sisters as well as prospective child clients; matching accepted adult volunteers with children in need; and monitoring the relationship between the matches. His advanced field placement is at Parker Home in Highland Park, a non-profit organization guided by the Eden Alternative philosophy of care in offering health and aging services to older adult residents and adult-day clients. He is particularly interested in helping older clients maintain a positive outlook on their evolving life trajectories and sustaining their engagement in activities and relationships that have helped to shape their sense of who they are. He hopes to work in a clinical setting serving older adults after graduation.

* = Scholarship funded by the field placement site. 


LAUREN PHARAOH
2016-2017 ATLANTIC HEALTH FELLOW IN AGING

Lauren’s first-year internship was at Plainfield High School where she served on the Intervention and Referral Services team, investigated harassment/intimidation/bullying cases, and ran a life skills group.  During her second year, she will complete her fellowship at the Atlantic Health's Morristown Medical Center. She also will serve as the Communications Representative on the School of Social Work’s Graduate Student Association. She is interested in developing a career in healthcare, including hospice, emergency departments, and critical care units. A long-term goal is to return to school for a DSW or PhD. 


ADDAM REYNOLDS
2016-2017
THE CENTER FOR MOLECULAR AND BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE, RUTGERS-NEWARK FELLOW IN AGING

Addam completed his generalist field placement at the J. Phillip Citta Regional Cancer Center in Toms River, NJ. There, he was responsible for performing patient assessments, engaging clients in counseling, gathering resources for patients, and developing a patient distress and outcomes reporting tool.  Addam’s advanced field placement will be in the laboratory of Professor Mark Gluck at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at Rutgers-Newark.  Here, he will be working on the African American Brain Health Initiative, a university-community partnership that promotes the brain health of African American older adults living in the greater Newark area. Through the MSW Fellowship in Aging, Addam hopes to develop an understanding of how health promotion programs can be leveraged to ameliorate health disparities and improve the quality of life of older adults.


ERIN WALKER
2016-2017 NJ DIVISION ON AGING SERVICES
FELLOW IN AGING

 

Erin completed her generalist social work field placement at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor in Red Bank, New Jersey, where she worked on the healthcare floor managing patient care and family care meetings. In the coming year, she will be interning with the NJ Division on Aging Services near Trenton. She is particularly interested in macro-social work practices that would benefit the older adult population, including policy advocacy and program development. She hopes that her fellowship this coming fall will give her the opportunity to continue to help older adults, families, and communities. 

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