Daniel Rosen

  • Professor

Daniel Rosen, PhD, MSW, is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh specializing in community health, urban social problems, and health social work. Within the School of Social Work, he holds multiple roles including serving as the Director of the Integrated Healthcare Certificate and coordinating the joint MSW/MBA program. Additionally, he is the Chair of the Health Research Advisory Panel at the Center on Race and Social Problems.

Dr. Rosen completed a mentored National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Patient-Oriented Research Career Development (K-08) Award where he focused on addressing co-occurring late-life mood disorders among older adults with substance use issues. His findings fostered advancements in research and clinical interventions within this often-neglected area. He currently oversees training fellowships for students on integrated healthcare, behavioral health treatment, and opioid use disorders. His work has garnered financial support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), as well as various national and local foundations.

Dr. Rosen is committed to surpassing the limitations of "barrier identification" and actively engaging in collaborations with community-based providers. Through these partnerships, he strives to design and implement sustainable and scalable programs to support community health. Dr. Rosen's extensive involvement in the field is further exemplified by his past role as Board Chair for both AgeWell Pittsburgh and the Friendship Circle. Currently, he is the Vice-Chair for the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and serves on the board of the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

Research Interests

  • Integrated healthcare
  • Substance use
  • Late-life depression
  • Barriers to care
  • Health and mental health service needs of vulnerable older adults
  • Treatment of depression in later-life for substance abusing populations


Representative Publications

Sable, P., Tang, F., Swab, J., Roth, S., & Rosen, D. (2023). EMS Workers on the Frontline of the Opioid Epidemic: Effects of Sleep and Social Support on Depression. International Journal of Emergency Services. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJES-08-2022-0037

Rosen, D. (2022). Addressing the Crises in Treating Substance Use Disorders in Later-life: Tele-medication Assisted Treatment (TELE-MAT) for an Older Adult Population. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 30:10; pp.1064-1066. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jagp.2022.05.015

Beaugard, C.A., Hruschrak, V., Lee, C., Roth, S., Swab, J. & Rosen, D. (2022). Emergency medical services on the frontlines of the opioid crisis: The role of mental health, substance use, and burnout. International Journal of Emergency Services. Ahead of print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJES-11-2021-0073

Sewall, C.J.R, Goldstein, T.R., Wright, A.G., & Rosen, D. (2022). Does objectively-measured social media or smartphone use predict depression, anxiety, or social isolation among young adults?”. Clinical Psychological Science, 10(5), 997–1014. https://doi.org/10.1177/21677026221078309

Rosen, D. (2021). Increasing Participation in a Substance Misuse Programs: Lessons Learned for Implementing Telehealth Solutions During the COVID-19 Pandemic. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry; 29:1, 24-26. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jagp.2020.10.004

Engel RJ, Lee DHJ, & Rosen D. (2020). Psychiatric Sequelae Among Community Social Service Agency Staff 1 Year After a Mass Shooting. JAMA Network Open; 3(8):e2014050. DOI:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.14050.

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