Caroline Gelman, PhD, LCSW

Director, Education, Training and Lifelong Learning Core

Dr. Gelman, Hartford Scholar (2007-2010) and Associate Professor, has practiced as a clinical social worker for 23 years, specializing in mental health issues in a variety of settings and with diverse populations. Dr. Rosenthal Gelman has an especially strong commitment to and interest in working with Latino populations, and has done so throughout her career. Most recently she has focused on the experiences and needs of older adults and their caregivers.  Noted for her expertise in qualitative research methods with culturally diverse older adults, she recently completed a $1.5 million project partly funded by the Weinberg Foundation that harnessed the capacity of eight community agencies serving older adults to support their caregivers in Washington Heights, an underserved neighborhood of NYC. Dr. Rosenthal Gelman also researches and implements best practices for exposing MSW students to knowledge and skills in working with older adults. She has been the PI or Co-PI on various grants to develop gerontological training material from the Council on Social Work Education’s Gero-Ed Center and The John A. Hartford Foundation, including the development of computer-mediated modules highlighting knowledge and skills in assessment, diagnosis, and intervention with older adults aimed at exposing all advanced concentration social work students to mental health practice with the aging.