Rosemary K. Chapin, Ph.D.
Founding Director of the Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options (CRADO) and nationally recognized leader in community engaged research to improve long term services and supports practice and policy. Pioneered the strengths based approach to increase resiliency in work with older adults. Currently writing 4th edition of social policy text, Social Policy for Effective Practice: A Strengths Approach
Founding Director of the Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options (CRADO) and nationally recognized leader in community engaged research to improve long term services and supports practice and policy. Pioneered the strengths based approach to increase resiliency in work with older adults. Have been partnering with older adults, community, state, and federal organizations for the last 20 years as the principal investigator for federal, state, and foundation funded research projects that total over $12,000,000. This research using large state data bases has informed state and federal policies on assessment, reimbursement, and care transitions in the area of public long term care supports and services. Research focuses on strategies to increase home and community based options. This work has regularly involved close collaboration with older adults, people with disabilities, and faculty from a large variety of disciplines as well as with public policy makers
- Social policy
- Health policy
- Long term care policy
- Home and community based service
- Long term disability
- Long term supports and services
Active in local, state and national professional organizations, and currently serves on the AARP National Policy Council.
Selected Awards & Honors
Pioneer in Influencing State Policy
National social work organization, Influencing Social Policy
Career Achievement Award
Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW)
Chapin, R. K., & Wendel, C. (in press). Medicaid. In . (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adult Development and Aging.
Chapin, R. K., Nelson-Becker, H., Macmillan, K., & Sellon, A. (2015). Strengths based and solution focused approaches to practice with older adults. In . (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Work in Aging(2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.
Chapin, R. K., Sellon, A., & Wendel-Hummell, C. (2015). Integrating Education, Research, and Practice in Gerontological Social Work: Lessons Learned from the Reclaiming Joy Peer Support Program. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 36(3/2015), 242-260. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02701960.2015.1009055?journalCode=wgge20
Leedahl, S. N, Chapin, R. K, & Little, T. (in press). Multilevel examination of facility characteristics, social integration, and health for older adults living in nursing homes. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.
Leedahl, S. N, Chapin, R. K, Wendel-Hummel, C., Hasche, L., & Townley, G. (in press). Successful strategies for discharging nursing facility residents with mental health diagnoses using Medicaid to the community. Journal of Social Service Research. DOI:10.1080/01488376.2014.972012 http://digitalcommons.uri.edu/hdf_facpubs/21/
Chapin, R. K., Wendel-Hummell, C. L., Hodgesmith, M. J., Nary, D., Renault, V., Longabach, T., Sellon, A. M., Collins, C. L., Little, T., Mendenhall, A. N., Boyle, D., & Gajewski, D. A. (2014). Kansas Medicaid Functional Eligibility Instrument (MFEI): Interim Report. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas School of Social Welfare Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas School of Social Welfare Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options.
Chapin, R. K, Chandran, D., Sergeant, J., & Koenig, T. (2014). Hospital to community transitions for adults: Discharge planners and community service providers’ perspectives. Social Work in Health Care, 53(4/2014), 311-329. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24717181
Chapin, R. K, 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.
Chapin, R. K., Landry, S., & Sellon, A. M. (2013). Peer Support and Wellness for Older Adults: A Pilot Study University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, Office of Aging and Long Term Care (OALTC) .Lawrence, KS:. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, OALTC.
Chapin, R. K., Wendel-Hummell, C. L., Lee, R. M., Landry, S., Zimmerman, M., Oslund, P. C., Bruns, K., Leedahl, S. N., Hill, J., Rachlin, R., & Sergeant, J. F. (2013). Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Medicaid Cost-Benefit Study. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, CRADO.
Chapin, R., Baca, B., Leedahl, S. N, Rachlin, R., Wedel, X., & Zimmerman, M. K. (in press). The Service Use Index: A Tool for Examining Rural/Urban Differences. Contemporary Rural Social Work, 50-62.
Chapin, R. (2011). Social policy for effective practice: A strengths approach. London, U.K: Routledge.
Chapin, R. (2007). Social policy for effective practice: A strengths approach. Boston, MA: McGraw Hill.
Chapin, R. (2002). Gerontological social work practice. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.
Fast, B., & Chapin, R. (2000). Strengths case management in long term care, Baltimore, MD: Health Professions Press.
Chapin, R. (06/01/2014 -). Continuously involved with AARP National Policy Council presenting ideas for health care, long term supports and services, policy, recommend AARP national policy direction. AARP National Policy Council meets six or more times per year in Washington, DC. Washington, DC
Chapin, R. (11/09/2015 - 12/31/2015). Experience of Aging for People with Long-term Disabilities: Opportunities to Further Research . KU Leadership In Research Symposium. KU Lawrence Campus
Chapin, R., Wendel-Hummell, C., Sellon, A., Kim, H., Kang, H., Holmes, C., Nary, D. & Hodgesmith, M. (11/18/2015 - 11/21/2015). Medicaid Eligibility for Long Term Services and Supports: Adapting and Testing a Universal Assessment. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Gerontological Society of America . Orlando, FL
Sellon, A., Chapin, R. & Johnson, T. (07/02/2015). Increasing Opportunities for Older Adults to Engage in Volunteerism: A Focus on Strengths. British Society of Gerontology. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
Wendel-Hummel, C., Chapin, R. & Sellon, A. (11/07/2014). Medicaid Customers: A Comparisons Across: Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, Home and Community Based Services, and Nursing Facilities. Gerontological Society of America. Washington, DC
Chapin, R. (04/11/2014 - 04/11/2014). Social Work Research Focused on Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) services and Nursing Facility Discharge: Research Findings from a Successful School of Social and State of Kansas Partnership to Address HCBS Needs . CMS/Social Work LTSS Nationwide Teleconference. Nationwide Teleconference
Wendel, C., Landry, S., Leedahl, S. & Chapin, R. (12/31/2013). Healthcare Utilization Outcomes for Medicaid Customers: A Comparison of the Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, Home and Community Based Services, and Nursing Facilities . Gerontological Society of America. New Orleans, LA