Rafael Engel Associate Professor



2316 Cathedral of Learning

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Associate Professor Rafael Engel received a PhD in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin as well as an MSW from the University of Michigan and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. Engel coordinates the School of Social Work’s Gerontology Certificate Program and is the principal investigator for the John A. Hartford Practicum Partnership Program in Aging Education. He has authored journal articles on a variety of topics including poverty in later life, welfare benefit levels, and depressive symptomatology, and has written monographs reporting agency-based evaluations. His most recent research focuses on gambling. He is currently the co-PI on From barely making it to ... ? Effects of raising wages among low-wage workers. Social Science Research Initiative funded by the Social Science Research Initiative.

Recent Books

Engel, Rafael J. & Schutt, Russell, K. (2017). The Practice of Research in Social Work, 4th edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Engel, Rafael J. & Schutt, Russell. K.  (2014).  Fundamentals of Social Work Research. 2nd edition.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications.

Davis, Larry E. & Engel, Rafael J. (2011). Measuring Race and Ethnicity. New York:  Springer

Engel, Rafael J. & Schutt, Russell. K. (2011). Survey Research. In Social Work Research and Evaluation: Foundations of Evidence-Based Practice 9th ed. Richard Grinnell & Yvonne Unrau. Oxford University Press.

Recent Publications

Engel, R.  (2017).  Measuring loneliness:  Are there method factors?  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jagp.2017.05.022

Cochran, G., Rosen, D., McCarthy, R., & Engel, R. J. (2017).  Risk factors for symptoms of prescription opioid misuse: Do older adults differ from younger adult patients? Journal of Gerontological Social Work.  DOI: 10.1080/01634372.2017.1327469

Rosen, D., Engel, R., McCall, J., & Greenhouse, J.  (2017).  Problem solving therapy to reduce depressive symptoms among older adult methadone clients.  Research on Social Work Practice. DOI: 10.1177/1049731516686692

Rosen, D., Berrios-Thomas, S, & Engel, R. J. (2016). Increasing self-care knowledge: A pilot for Medicaid/Medicare recipients with congestive heart failure utilizing Telecoaching. Social Work in Health Care, 55, 711-719. DOI: 10.1080/00981389.2016.1191581

Cochran, G., Engel, R., Hruschak, V., & Tarter, R.  (2016). Prescription opioid misuse among rural community pharmacy patients: Pilot evidence for screening, intervention, and referral. Journal of Pharmacy Practice. DOI: 10.1177/0897190016656673

Levinson, S., Caldwell, K., Petracchi, H., Wexler, S., & Engel, R.  (2016) Integrating video documentary into the classroom: A community aassessment assignment.  Journal of Teaching in Social Work

Engel, Rafael & Rosen, Daniel. (2014). Problem Gambling and Treatment Outcomes for Older Methadone Maintenance Treatment Patients. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 58, 306-314. DOI: 10.1080/01634372.2014.960989.

Rosen, D., Heberlein, E., & Engel R. J. (2013). Older adults and substance abuse related disorders: Trends and associated costs. ISRN Addiction,  vol. 2013, Article ID 905368, 4 pages.

Rosen, D., Engel, R.J., Hunsaker, A.E., Engel, Y., Detlefsen, E.G., Reynolds, C.F. (2013). Just Say Know: An examination of substance use disorders among older adults in gerontological and substance abuse journals. Social Work in Public Health, 28, 377-387.

Engel, Rafael J., Bechtold, Jody, Kim, Yoonmi, & Mulvaney, Elizabeth. (2012). Beating the Odds: Preparing Graduates to Address Gambling-Related Problems. Journal of Social Work Education, 48.

Editorial Boards

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (JIR)