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  • Sellon,A., Leedahl, S.,Chapin, R, (2017) Engaging nursing home residents in formal volunteer activities: A focus on strengths. Ageing International.

  • Kim, H., Tracey, L., Chapin, R., (2016) Grandparents providing care for grandchildren: Implications for economic preparation for later in life South Korea. Aging and Society.

  • Kim., H.-J., Kang, H., and Johnson-Motoyama, M., (2016). The psychological well-being of grandparents who provide supplementary grandchild care: a systematic review. Journal of Family Studies, 1-24. doi:10.1080/13229400.2016.1194306

  • Chapin, R,. Sellon, A., Wendel-Hummel, C. (2015). Integrating Education, Research, and Practice in Gerontological Social Work: Lessons Learned from the Reclaiming Joy Peer Support Program. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education.

  • Leedahl, S.N., Chapin,. R.K., Wendel, C., Hasche, L.K., & Townley, G. (2015). Successful strategies for discharging nursing facility residents with mental health diagnoses using Medicaid to the community. Journal of Social Service Research.

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

  • 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.

  • Chapin, R., Chandran, D., Sergeant, J.F., Koenig, T., (2014) Hospital to Community Transitions for Adults: Discharge Planners and Community Service Providers’ Perspectives, Social Work in Health Care 53:1–19.

  • Chapin, R., Sergeant, J.F., Landry, S.T., Leedahl, S.N., Rachlin, R., Koenig, T.L., & Graham, A. (2013). Reclaiming Joy: Pilot evaluation of a mental health peer support program for Medicaid Waiver recipients. The Gerontologist, 53(2), 345-352.

  • Koenig, T., Leiste, M., Spano, R., Chapin, R. (2012) Multidisciplinary team perspectives on older adult hoarding and mental illness. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect doi:10.1080/08946566.2012.712856.

  • Chapin, R. , Sergeant, J. F., Landry, S. T., Koenig, T., Leiste, M., & Reynolds, K. (2010). Hoarding cases involving older adults: The transition from a private matter to the public sector. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 53(8)723 - 742.

  • Sergeant, J., Ekerdt, D., & Chapin, R.; (2010) Older adults’ expectations to move:Do they predict actual community-based or nursing facility moves within two years? Journal of Aging and Health.22(6).

  • Koenig, T., Chapin, R., & Spano, R., (2010) Using multidisciplinary teams to address ethical dilemmas with older adults who hoard. The Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 53(2)137-147.

  • Chapin, R., Baca, B., Macmillan, K., Rachlin, R., & Zimmerman, M. (2009). Residential outcomes for nursing facility applicants who have been diverted: Where are they five years later? The Gerontologist.

  • Nelson-Becker, H., Chapin, R., & Fast, B. (2008). The strengths model with older adults: critical practice components. In D. Saleebey (Ed.), The strengths perspective in social work practice (5th ed.), Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

  • Ekerdt, D.J., & Sergeant, J.F.; (2008). Retirement. In E.A. Capezuti, E.L. Siegler, M.D. Mezey (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Elder Care, 2nd ed. (pp.691-694). New York: Springer.

  • Nelson-Becker, H. & Canda, E.R. (2008). Research on religion, spirituality, and aging: A social work perspective on the state of the art. Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 20(3), 177-193.

  • Chapin, R., Hickey, A., Rachlin, R., & Higgins, D. (2008). Assisted living and low-income older adults: Has access increased? Senior Housing and Care Journal16(1), 53-66.

  • Sergeant, J.F., Ekerdt, D.J., & Chapin, R. (2008). Measurement of late-life residential relocation: Why are rates for such a manifest event so varied? Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 63B(2), S92-S98.

  • Sergeant, J.F. & Ekerdt, D.J. (2008).; Motives for residential mobility in later life: Post-move perspectives of elders and family members. International Journal of Aging and Human Development. 66(2), 133-156.

  • Chapin, R., Gordon, T., Landry, S., Rachlin, R. (2007). Hospice use by older adults knocking on the door of the nursing facility: Implications for social work practice. Journal of Social Work in End-of-life and Palliative Care, 3(2), 19-38.

  • Gordon, T., Nelson-Becker, H., Chapin, R., & Landry, S. (2007). Changing aging competency following a Gerorich intervention initiative: Implications for bachelor's and master's social work education. Educational Gerontology, 33, 1037-1052.

  • Dobbs, D., Hayes, J., Chapin, R., & Oslund, P. (2007). The relationship between psychiatric disorders and the ability to age in place in assisted living, The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 14(7), 613-620.

  • Chapin, R., Nelson-Becker, H., Gordon, T., Landry, S., & Chapin, W. (2007). Responding to the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Initiative: A multi-level community approach to building aging competency. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. (50), 1/2, 59-74.

  • Ekerdt, D.J. & Sergeant, J.F. (2006). Family things: Attending the household disbandment of elders. Journal of Aging Studies, 20(3), 193-205.

  • Chapin, R., Nelson-Becker, H., & Macmillan, K. (2006). Strengths-Based and Solutions-Focused Approaches to Practice. In B. Berkman & S. D'Ambruoso (Eds.), Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging (pp. 789-796). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Nelson-Becker, H., Nakashima, M., & Canda, E. (2006). Spirituality in Professional Helping Interventions. In B.Berkman & S. D'Ambruoso (Eds.), Handbook of Social Work in Health and Aging (pp. 797-808). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Ekerdt, D.J. & Sergeant, J.F. (2006). Retirement. In R.H. Schulz et al. (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Aging, 4th ed. (Vol. 2, 1032-1037). New York: Springer.

  • Chapin, R., Reed, C., & Dobbs, D. (2005). Mental health needs and service use of older adults assisted living settings: A mixed-method study. Journal of Mental Health and Aging, 11(2), 351-365.

  • Nelson-Becker, H. (2005). Development of a spiritual support scale for use with older adults. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 11(3/4), 195-212.

  • Nelson-Becker, H. (2005). Religion and coping in older adults. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 45(1/2), 51-68.

  • Cummings, S., Chapin, R., Dobbs, D., & Hayes, J., (2004). Assisted living facilities' response to residents' mental health needs: A study in two states. Journal of Mental Health and Aging, 10(3), 151-162.

  • Nakashima, M., Chapin, R., Macmillan, K., & Zimmerman, M. (2004). Decision making in long-term care: Approaches used by older adults and implications for social work practice. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 43(4), 79-102.


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