Aging and mental health; substance abuse and older adults; caregiver issues; gerontological social work education.
Fellow Gerontological Society of America, 2008
Past-President, The Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW): http://www.agesw.org/
HRSA, 2014-2017. Training Integrated Professionals to Serve (TIPS). Principal Investigator, $881,972.
Cummings, S. M. McClernon, K. C (2015). Comparative Analysis of an Online and a Traditional MSW Program: Educational Outcomes. Social Work Education, 51,109-120.
Cummings, S. M. & Kropf, N.P. (2015). Predictors of Depression Among Caregivers of Older Adults with Severe Mental Illness. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. Journal of Gerontological Social Work 58, 253-271.
Cummings, S. M.,. Cooper, R. L. & Trecartin, S. (2014). Correlates of depression and anxiety among older publish housing residents. EWHA Journal of Social Sciences, December, 79-106.
Nugent, W. R & Cummings, S. M. (2014). A validity and measurement equivalency study of the Ultra-Short Suicide Ideation Scale with Older Adults. Journal of the Society for Social Work & Research, 3, 439-460.
Cummings, S., Chaffin, K., and Cockerham, C. (in press). Comparative Analysis of an Online and a Traditional MSW Program: Educational Outcomes. Journal of Social Work Education.
Choi, S., Davis, C & Cummings, S., Van Regenmorter, C., Barnett, M. (2013). Understanding Service Needs, Service Utilization among Older Kurdish Refugees and Immigrants in the United States. International Social Work, DOI: 10.1177/0020872812471694.
Cummings, S. M., R. L. Cooper & Johnson, C. (2013). Alcohol Misuse Among Older Adult Public Housing Residents. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 56: 407-422.
Cummings, S. M., Foels, L. & Chaffin, K. (2013). Comparative Analysis of Distance Education and Classroom-Based Formats for a Clinical Social Work Groups Course. Social Work Education, 32, 68-80.
Kilbourne, B & Cummings, S. M. (2012). Alcohol Diagnoses among Older Tennessee Medicare Beneficiaries: Race and Gender Differentials. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.27:483-90.
Cummings, S. M, Sull, L., Davis, C & Worley, N. (2011). Correlates of Depression among Older Kurdish Refugees. Social Work, 56, 159-169.
Cummings, S. M. & Kropf, N. P. (2011). Aging with a Severe Mental Illness: Challenges and Treatments. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54, 175-188.
Cummings, S. M. & Kropf, N. P. (2009). Formal and Informal Support for Older Adults with Severe Mental Illness. Aging & Mental Health, 13, 619 - 627.
Kilbourne, B. & Cummings, S. M. (2009). The Influence of Religiosity on the Diabetes-Depression Connection among a Low Income Population. Health & Social Work, 34, 137-148.
Cummings, S. M., Cooper, R. L. & Cassie, K. M. (2009). Motivational Interviewing to Affect Behavioral Change in Older Adults. Journal of Research on Social Work Practice, 19, 195-204
Cummings, S. (2009). Treating Older Persons with Severe Mental Illness in the Community: Impact of an Interdisciplinary Geriatric Mental Health Team. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 52, 17-31.
Cummings, S. & Cassie McClure, K. (2008). Perceptions of Biopsychosocial Needs among Older Adults with Severe Mental Illness: Met and Unmet Needs. Health & Social Work, 33, 133-143.
Cummings, S. M., Bride, B., Cassie, K. M & Rawlins-Shaw, A. (2008). Evidence Based Psychosocial Interventions for Older Adults with Substance Abuse Disorders. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 50, 215-244.
Cummings, S. & MacNeil, G. (2008). Caregivers of Older Clients with Severe Mental Illness:
Perceptions of Burdens and Rewards. Families in Society, 89, 51-60.
Cummings, S. M. & Adler, G. (2007). Predictors of social workers' employment in gerontological work: A study in two states. Journal of Educational Gerontology, 33, 925-938.
Cummings, S. M., Cassie, K. M., Galambos, C., & Wilson, E. (2006). Impact of an Infusion Model
On Students Aging Knowledge, Attitudes, and Interests. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 173-186.
Cummings, S. M., Bride, B. & Rawlins, A. (2006). Alcohol abuse among older adults: A review of
recent empirical research. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work Practice, 3, 79-99.
Cummings, S. M., Adler, G., & DeCoster, V. A. (2005). Factors influencing graduate social work students’ interest in working with elders. Journal of Educational Gerontology, 31, 643-655.
Baptist Healing Trust Transom Grant, 2011-2013, The Older Adult Healthy Living Program (HeLP), Co-Principle Investigator, $108,540
Professional Development Award, University of Tennessee, 2010, Prevalence and Nature of Substance Abuse among Low-Income Older Adults, $4,750
SAMHSA, 2004-2007 - $1,500,000, “Older Adults Treatment Services”. Consultant
Center for Mental Health and Aging, University of Alabama, 2003-2004 - “Caregivers of Older clients with Severe Mental Illness”.
Faculty Development Award, 2004 -“Service Needs and Perceptions of Service Adequacy Among Older Persons with Severe Mental Illness”. University of Tennessee.
John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar, 2001-2003. To support growth in development as a researcher, leader, and educator in gerontology and to support the study “Efficacy of a Geriatric Inter-Disciplinary Mental Health Team in the Community Mental Health Center Setting”. Principal Investigator
John A. Hartford Geriatric Enrichment in Social Work Education Grant, 2002-2004- grant to develop and disseminate aging-related curriculum materials for use in undergraduate and graduate social work education. Principal Investigator
Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability grant, 2001 - “Administrators of Assisted Living Facilities/Homes for the Aged Perceptions”
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