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Tracy Schroepfer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Part-Time MSW Program Director
Ph.D., Social Work and Sociology, University of Michigan, 2003
MSW, University of Michigan, 1996
M.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1989
B.A., University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 1988
Office Address:302 School of Social Work
Aging, psychosocial needs of terminally ill elders and their families; cancer health disparities; community-based participatory research (CBPR); care-giver networks.
Tracy Schroepfer's research focuses on determining the best ways in which to meet the psychosocial and spiritual needs of terminally ill elders, as well as the reduction of cancer health disparities in medically underserved communities in Wisconsin. Her current projects include the 1) determination of the role that control plays in the dying process of terminally ill elders, 2) development of an instrument to assess the psychosocial and spiritual needs of terminally ill elders, and 3) assessment of the access to, and the quality of, cancer care in eight medically underserved Wisconsin communities with the goal of using the information to set priorities concerning cancer issues, and developing and implementing culturally specific interventions. Major funding for her work comes from the John A. Hartford Foundation and the Wisconsin Partnership Program.
Terminally ill African American elders’ access to and use of hospice care. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.(In Press).
Social work’s ethical challenge: supporting the terminally ill who consider a hastened death. ( , Ed.).Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work.(2011).
Does Gender Moderate Factors Associated With Whether Spouses Are the Sole Providers of IADL Care to Their Partners?. Research on Aging. 32(4), 499 - 526.(2010).
Terminally ill elders' anticipation of support in dying and in death.. Journal of social work in end-of-life & palliative care. 6(1-2), 73-90.(2010).
Cancer Information Sources Used by Patients to Inform and Influence Treatment Decisions. Journal of Health Communication. 15(4), 445 - 463.(2010).
Seeking to bridge two cultures: the Wisconsin Hmong cancer experience.. Journal of cancer education : the official journal of the American Association for Cancer Education. 25(4), 609-16.(2010).
The Myriad Strategies for Seeking Control in the Dying Process. The Gerontologist. 49(6), 755 - 766.(2009).
A Community-Specific Approach to Cancer Research in Indian Country. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. 3(4), 317 - 325.(2009).