Elizabeth Mulvaney

  • Direct Practice Chair and Clinical Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Mulvaney earned her MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in psychology from the University of Virginia.

As a Clinical Assistant Professor, she focuses primarily on teaching within both the MSW and BASW programs.  She holds clinical social work license in Pennsylvania and has 14 years practice experience as a gerontological social worker providing medical, care management, and program administration services, with  experience in long-term care including behavioral care planning, dementia care, and end of life care. 

Current research and practice interests include geriatric workforce development, Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, ethics, palliative care and problem gambling prevention for older adults.  Mulvaney served as the School’s first Coordinator for the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education from 2005-2011.  She has been part of the team working on the HRSA funded Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program for the past four years.

Research Interests

  • Gambling
  • Gerontology
  • Interprofessional training and practice
  • Professional development

Representative Publications

Tang, F., Jang, H., Mulvaney, E. A., & Seoyoon, J. (in press).  Mental health among older adults with caregiving needs: The role of social networks.  Social Work Research.

Newhill, C., Mulvaney, E., & Simmons, S. (2019).  Skill development for generalist practice: Exercises for real-world application. Los Angeles, CA: Sage Publications.

Burgman, C. B., & Mulvaney, E. A. (2016).  An Intergenerational Program Connecting Both Children & Older Adults with Emotional, Behavioral, Cognitive or Physical Challenges: Gift of Mutual Understanding.  Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 14, 353-359.

Mulvaney, E. A. (2014).  Thanksgiving: A reflection on personal and professional caregiving with Alzheimer’s.  Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 20(3), 5-14.

Engel, R. J., Bechtold, J., Kim, Y., & Mulvaney, E. (2012).  Beating the odds:  Preparing graduates to address gambling-related problems.  Journal of Social Work Education, 48(2), 321-335.

Sample of Recent Presentations

Mulvaney, E., & Bechtold, J. (2018, November 11). Technology & Mental Health: Ethical and Clinical Decisions for Social Workers. University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Continuing Education Program. Pittsburgh, PA.

Mulvaney, E. (2018, May 7). Ethics in Age of Technology. Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC Bi-Annual Ethics Program. Pittsburgh, PA.

Whyte, E., Mitchell, A., Mulvaney, E., Ranjha, A., & Leyh, D. (2018, March 2). Assessment, Intervention, & Prevention of Suicide in Older Adults: An Interprofessional Approach. University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Continuing Education Program. Pittsburgh, PA.

Engel, R., Mulvaney, E. A., & Petracchi, H. (2017, October). Lessons Learned: Developing an Undergraduate Hartford Partnership Program in Aging Education. Presented at 2017 All Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX.

Bechtold, J. & Mulvaney, E., (2016, March).  Older Adults and Gambling: Getting Their Attention to Prevent Harm.  Will be presented at Aging in America Conference sponsored by the American Society on Aging, Washington, D.C..

Mulvaney, E. (2016, May 12).  Supporting People with ADRD & Their Families: Strategies & Resources.  Community Series on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias for the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program [HRSA Grant #U1QHP28736 G].  Pittsburgh, PA. 

Mulvaney, E. (2016, March 15; 2015, November 2).  Psychosocial Assessment of the Older Adult.  Aging Institute of UPMC Senior Services and the University of Pittsburgh.  Pittsburgh, PA and Monroeville, PA.  (2106, February 24).  Pennsylvania Association of Directors of Nursing Administration PADONA) in Webinar format.

Mulvaney, E., Chakraborty, E., Farrier, B., & Rudoy, D. (2015, October 2).  Palliative Care and Older Adults: A Good Idea Facing a Few Challenges.  University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Continuing Education Program., Pittsburgh, PA.

Mulvaney, E. (2014, June 5).  Social Work Ethics in Palliative Care with Children and Their Families.  Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, UPMC Bi-Annual Ethics Program.  Pittsburgh, PA.

Mulvaney, E. (2014, May 8).  Effective Tools of Aging for Family / Caregivers.  Fayette County Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities – Aging Coalition, Hopwood, PA.


Areas of Expertise