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Robin Bonifas

Degree & Credential: PhD, MSW, LICSW
Location: Arizona
Title: Associate Professor/Associate Director
Organization: Arizona State University
Profession: Social Worker

Dr. Robin Bonifas is an Associate Professor and the Associate Director for Curriculum & Instruction at the Arizona State University School of Social Work. She has over 15 years experience working with elders and their families in both long-term care and inpatient psychiatric settings. Her research focuses on enhancing psychosocial care for persons with chronic illness and disability, especially those with comorbid mental health conditions and those requiring long-term care, and on evaluating curricular interventions designed to prepare social work students for effective practice with older adults. Her current projects examine elder social justice issues such as resident-to-resident aggression in nursing homes, bullying among older adults, and other challenges to social relationships in senior care organizations. In addition, she is examining the impact of interprofessional education on students’ competencies for collaborative healthcare practice. She is a John A. Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work and earned her doctorate from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2007. She is the Vice President of the Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work and is a consulting editor for Health and Social Work and the Journal of Gerontological Social Work. In addition, she is the treasurer for the Arizona chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.