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College of Human Environmental Sciences

Colleen Galambos

Colleen Galambos

Colleen Galambos, PhD, MSW
Professor and Director Graduate Certificate in Gerontological Social Work Program

523 Clark Hall
School of Social Work
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211-4470
Phone: (573) 882-3701
Fax: [573] 882-8926
Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


PhD, The Catholic University of America, 1995; MSW, University of Maryland at Baltimore, 1981; BS, BSW, Cornell University, 1978.

Research Interests:

Gerontechnology; Care Coordination; Transdiciplinary Practice; Health Care Practice Education; Discharge Planning; Aging in Place; Long Term Care.

Teaching Interests:

Gerontology; Health Care Practice; Human Behavior and Mental Health; Transdiciplinary Education; Policy; Field.

Research and Scholarly Activity:

Long Term Care: Processes and Technology to Improve Care and Quality of Life for the Elderly

Dr. Galambos has a long history of conducting research on the continuum of long term care with a focus on improvements in care delivery, helping to enhance quality of care and quality of life, and supporting aging in place. Dr. Galambos is part of an interdisciplinary team that is working on ways to reduce potentially avoidable hospitalizations through testing an intervention for long-stay Medicare-Medicaid enrollees, and she is part of a team that is examining the discharge process from skilled nursing facilities with the goal of improving outcomes. Another research area is examining optimal living environments and the use of a variety of clinical interventions to support healthy aging. Additionally, Dr. Galambos works with collaborators in nursing, engineering, and medicine to develop embedded sensor systems to be used for early illness detection in the independent living environments of seniors. This technology improves care delivery and assists persons to age in place.

Dr. Galambos is a seasoned researcher in gerontology and higher education. She has contributed to the development of gerontological competencies and has developed and tested curriculum that builds student skills in this area. She has experience developing gerontology programming and researching student interests and motivation in seeking education and training in gerontology.