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, interprofessional education, 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 is currently the Chair of its Direct Practice Concentration.  In Community.  She serves on the board of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Partnership for Aging as it advocates for our communities to meet the needs of older adults, persons with disabilities and the people who work with them.

Research Interests

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

Recent Publications & Book

Sable, P., Landolina, M. Hoffman, J., Mulvaney E., Santa, H., Pringle, J., & Rosen, D. (under review). Enhancing motivational interviewing skills: Training social work students with a computer-based simulation approach. Journal of Social Work Education.

Mulvaney, E., Petracchi, H., & Engel, R. (2021). Lessons learned: Developing an undergraduate Hartford Partnership Program in Aging. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 26(1), 1-13. 

Mulvaney, E. A., Jantea, R., Leslie, P., Toto, P., Allias, M. Grant, C. . . . Wright, R. M (2020).  Improving the interprofessional practice, knowledge, and skills of health professions students through an interactive course in gerontology. Advances in Social Work, 20(2), 184-203.  

Solai, L., Kumar, K., Mulvaney, E., Rosen, D., Rodakowski, J., Fabian, T., . . . Sewell, D. (2019). Geriatric mental healthcare training: A mini-fellowship approach to interprofessional assessment and management of geriatric mental health issues. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27(7), 706-711. 

Tang, F., Jang, H., Mulvaney, E. A., & Seoyoon, J. (2019).  Mental health among older adults with caregiving needs: The role of social networks.  Social Work Research, 43(3), 157-167. 

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

Sample of Recent Presentations

Bechtold, J. & Mulvaney, E. (2021, June 25).  My Mom Doesn’t Gamble; She Plays the Lottery.  Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission.

Mulvaney, E., Holland, M., & Karczewski, M. (2020, October 5).  Responding When Dementia is Present.  Re:Solve Crisis Services.  Pittsburgh, PA.

Panelist for (2020, January 29).  Brain Health: Caregivers Call to Action.  African American Chamber of Commerce of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Pittsburgh, PA.

Mulvaney, E. (2019, May 29).  Dementia:  The Caregiver’s Perspective.  UPMC Mercy Clinical Geriatric Update.  UPMC Aging Institute.  Pittsburgh, PA.

Mulvaney, E. & Covaleski, K. (2019, March 8).  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].  Butler. PA.


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