Nancy P. Kropf, PhD, MSW, is Dean of the Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions and Professor, School of Social Work at Georgia State University. She is a fellow and past Treasurer of the Gerontological Society of America, past president of the Association of Gerontological Education in Social Work (AGESW) and a John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Scholar. Dr. Kropf's research is on older adults in care provider roles, including parents of adult children with intellectual and psychiatric disabilities, and grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. She has published nine books, and over 90 chapters and peer reviewed articles in both social work and gerontology literatures. She is a frequent presenter at national and international professional conferences. Sherry Cummings, PhD, MSW, MA, is Professor and Associate Dean for the University of Tennessee College of Social Work (UTCSW). She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, past president of the Association of Gerontological Education in Social Work (AGESW) and a John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Scholar. Dr. Cummings' area of research and practice focuses on aging and mental health, in particular, older adults with depression, severe mental illness and alcohol misuse disorders. She has published over 40 articles and three books and presents widely at national and international conferences.
"I found the foundational chapters [of the book] absorbing; they are well written and engaging. These chapters tended to offer a very effective presentation of the history and theoretical background of each therapeutic approachEL.Scholarly efforts such as these will do much to integrate our science and practice and perhaps enhance the day-to-day lives of older persons and their families who are not only asking for such advancements, but indeed demanding them."