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Roberta Greene

CWGS Affiliate FacultyPh. D.,

Professor of Social Work



Dr. Greene is a professor and the Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare at the School of Social Work. Her specialization is working with older adults and their families, marriage and family therapy, as well as refugee resettlement. She has worked for the National Association of Social Workers as a staff member and was instrumental in passing the 1987 Nursing Home Reform Act (OBRA). One of her research projects was on Texas nursing homes and what older people like in a nursing home. Holocaust survivors in six U.S. cities is the focus of Greene's most recent research project ? a study of the relationship between forgiveness and resilience among older adults. She received funding from the John Templeton Foundation for her research titled "Forgiveness, Resiliency and Survivorship." Replicating a study originally conducted in Israel, the three-year project (which began in 2007) involves interviewing Holocaust survivors in New York City, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Chicago, Austin and Dallas.

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