Formerly Known as the Office of Aging and Long Term Care (OALTC)

The Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options (CRADO), led by Carrie Wendel-Hummell, is located in the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare. Building upon the work of previous scholars, the KU School of Social Welfare formally named and articulated the Strengths Perspective for social work practice in the 1980s, and it has grown to be a pervasive influence on our profession. 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 students' 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.

Collaboration with older adults, people with disabilities, and community and state partners ensures that research findings result in policy change and the implementation of empirically-based interventions. The CRADO research team has published articles in The Gerontologist, Social Work in Health Care, Journal of Disability Policy Studies, Journal of Health Care Finance, and several other influential peer-reviewed journals. The award winning faculty and staff of CRADO regularly provide opportunities for doctoral students to be integrally involved in cutting-edge research. 

To find out about our current work and to see a brief description of current projects, please download our brochure: 

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Latest Publications

Articles in Referred Journals

  • 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.


Book and Book Chapters

Chapin, R. (2017, 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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