About the Author
Roberta G. Sands
is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she teaches MSW and doctoral level students. Her primary teaching areas are clinical social work practice, qualitative research, and practice theory. She began her career as a clinical social worker and practiced in community mental health, health, and child welfare settings. Her research has been on mental health and the family, with special attention given to intergenerational family relations, gender, culture, and religious change.
She is the author of Clinical Social Work Practice in Community Mental Health (1991) and Clinical Social Work Practice in Behavioral Mental Health: A Postmodern Approach to Practice (2nd edition, 2001; Chinese edition, 2003), and co-author of Interprofessional and Family Discourses: Voices, Knowledge, and Practice (co-authored with Marleen McClelland, 2002). She has published widely in social work and related social science journals, and has also written book reviews, encyclopedia articles, and book chapters.
Zvi D. Gellis is an associate professor and Hartford Geriatrics Social Work Faculty Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he directs the Center for Mental Health and Aging. Dr. Gellis is a certified trainer in evidence-based Problem Solving Therapy, a cognitive behavioral intervention and he has trained numerous services providers (MSWs, nurses, case managers, community services workers, first responders) over the years in delivery of PST to medically-disabled older adults. Dr. Gellis is a mental health services researcher with key expertise in psychotherapy trials for mental health disorders in older adults. Dr. Gellis’ NIMH-funded research has tested the efficacy of PST for late life depression in home healthcare patients with various chronic medical conditions including cardiovascular disease. Dr. Gellis and co-author Dr. McCracken published a series of state-of-the art mental health curriculum modules that are used in schools of social work across the nation.