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Social Work

Gloria Messick Svare

Gloria Messick Svare, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and MSW Program Coordinator

Svare

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Degrees

  • Ph.D., Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley, 1998
  • M.S.W., University of California, Los Angeles, 1971
  • B.A. History, Azusa Pacific University

Biography

Professor Svare major research focus is on adult guardianship issues: identifying characteristics and examining quality of life dimensions and measures. A related area of interest is on spirituality as part of quality of life for cognitively impaired individuals.

Professor Svare primarily teaches courses in the area of research.

Post-doctoral Training

  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism funded Post-Doctoral
  • Fellowship in alcohol research at Prevention Research Center, in affiliation with the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 1998 - 1999
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism funded Post-Doctoral Fellowship in alcohol research at Prevention Research Center, in affiliation with the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, 1998-1999

Funded Research

  • Manit, J., Svare, G.M. & Hylton, M. Developing and Integrating Simulation Training into Curriculum for Social Work Education, May 2012-May 2013, $5,000.
  • Principle Investigator, Family Solutions Team Program Evaluation, Washoe County Department of Social Services, July 1, 2010-July 1, 2011, $45,736.
  • Principle Co-Investigator with Linda Anngela, Quality of Life and Costs of Guardianship in Washoe County, Building a Healthy Nevada Faculty Research Grant, Funded by the College of Health and Human Sciences, 2007-2009, $25,000.
  • Principle Co-Investigator with Eric Albers, Deborah Loesch-Griffin, Mary Hylton, and Jill Manit, Culture Project, Building a Healthy Nevada Faculty Research Grant, Funded by the College of Health and Human Sciences, 2007-2009, $25,000.

Clinical Social Work Experience

  • Founding Director, Psychiatric Outpatient Services Women's Program, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Francisco, 1985-1995.
  • Professional social worker in multiple psychiatric settings: Mental Hygiene Clinic, Psychiatric Emergency Service, Day Treatment Center, and Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, Veterans Administration Medical Center, San Francisco, CA (1980-1994); Martinez, CA (1974-1980); Brentwood, CA (1971-1974).

Presentations (Past 5 years)

  • Hylton, M.E., Manit, J, Svare, G.M. & Montcalm, D. "It is not Personal, Developing and Implementing Behaviorally-Specific Gatekeeping Policies," Poster presented at Council on Social Work Education annual meeting,  Dallas, TX, October 31-November 3, 2013.
  • Svare, G.M., Montcalm, D.M., Hylton, M.E., & Manit, J. Defining AGP as a Basis for curriculum Development and Evaluation, Poster presented at Council on Social Work Education annual meeting, Dallas, TX, October 31-November 3, 2013.
  • Svare, G.M. & Wendell, J. Presenting Your Case for Funding: How to Develop Statistics that Work, The 2011 National Conference on Guardianship, October 1-October 4, 2011.
  • Svare, G.M., Manit, J., Atlookan, M. & Anderson, T. Evaluation of a Team Decision Making Model: A Focus on Engagement as the Outcome. American Humane Association's 1011 Groups Decision Making (FGDM) and Other Family Engagement Approaches. Las Vegas, NV, June 8-11, 2011.
  • Mahaffy, J. & Svare, G.M. Curriculum Mapping: An Introduction, Annual Evaluation Conference at Truckee Meadows Community College, Reno, NV, January 12, 2011.

Publications

  • Svare, G.M. & Wendel, J. (2012) Economic Analysis of Older Adult Health and Health Care, 255-267. (Jean W. Lange, Ed.). The Nurse's Role in Promoting Optimal Health of Older Adults: Thriving in the Wisdom Years,  Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company.
  • Svare, G.M. & Anngela-Cole, L. (2010). Conceptualizing quality of life among older adults in guardianship: Guardians and elder law attorneys talk about QOL and spirituality. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 29 (2), 237-255.
  • Mahaffey, J., Kopera-Frye, K., & Svare, G.M., (2008). The map to curriculum alignment and improvement. CELT: Collected Essays on Learning and Teaching, 1, 8-14.