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Dabelko-Schoeny, Holly, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Curriculum Vitae

PhD - Social Work, The Ohio State University, 2002 Interdisciplinary Specialization in Aging
MSW - University of Maryland School of Social Work, 1996
BA - Wittenberg University, 1993

Areas of Expertise
Services for older adults
Home and community based care services
Adult day services
Intervention research that looks at improving the quality of life for elders and family caregivers
Harnessing the contributions of elders (e.g., civic engagement activities)

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Family care giving
Service delivery
Enhanced quality of life for elders and family caregivers
Elders as resources


Dr. Dabelko-Schoeny is an applied community-based researcher seeking to improve the delivery of home and community-based services for older adults and their caregivers through collaboration with community agencies, interdisciplinary faculty, and students. She has received funding from the John A. Hartford Foundation, MetLife Mature Market Institute, and the Ohio State Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences to conduct studies on adult day services. She was inducted into the Ohio State College of Social Work Alumni Hall of Fame as a distinguished recent alumnus and named the Social Worker of the Year for the Columbus region by the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. In addition, Dr. Dabelko-Schoeny was named Researcher of the Year by the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education and received the Outstanding Doctoral Faculty Award from the Ohio State College of Social Work.  She is a on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Applied Gerontology and the Journal of Gerontological Social Work.  She is on the Advisory Board for the Westminster Thurber Community in Columbus, Ohio.