Welcome to the Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options
Formerly Known as the Office of Aging and Long Term Care (OALTC)

The Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options, (CRADO) led by Dr. Rosemary Chapin, is located in the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. The KU School of Social Welfare is the conceptual home of the strengths perspective, and CRADO has pioneered the strengths based approach in work with older adults. We are leaders in applied research to improve social service practice and policy with older adults. Collaboration with older adults, community, and state partners ensures that research findings result in policy change and the implementation of empirically-based interventions.

Our office also prepares tomorrow's scholars and practitioners in gerontological social work. We provide strengths based gerontological resources, training, and unique educational opportunities that help develop faculty and student's knowledge and skills in working with older adults. Faculty and staff work with state agencies such as the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, and federal agencies as well as with a variety of other public and private service organizations and foundations, to provide research, training and technical support.

Latest Publications

Articles in Referred Journals

Leedahl, S.N., Chapin, R.K., Wendel, C., Hasche, L.K., & Townley, G. (in press). Successful strategies for discharging nursing facility residents with mental health diagnosis using Medicaid to the community. Journal of Social Service Research.

Leedahl, S.N., Chapin, R.K., & Little, T.D. (2014). Multilevel examination of facility characteristics, social integration, and health for older adults living in nursing homes. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu112

Book and Book Chapters

Chapin, R. (2014, 2011). Social policy for effective practice: A strengths approach. Routledge: London, U.K.

Chapin, R., Nelson-Becker, H., Macmillan, K., Sellon, A., (2014, 2006). Strengths based and solution focused approaches to practice with older adults. In B. Berkman & S. D’Ambruso (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Work in Aging. Oxford University Press


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