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
(608) 263-3837

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.

Recent Publications: 
Schroepfer, T. A. (2011).  Oncology social work in palliative care.. Current problems in cancer. 35(6), 357-64.
Schroepfer, T. A., & Noh H. (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. Abstract
Schroepfer, T. A., Waltz A., Noh H., Matloub J., & Kue V. (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. Abstract
Schroepfer, T. A., Matloub J., Creswell P., Strickland R., & Anderson D. (2009).  A Community-Specific Approach to Cancer Research in Indian Country. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. 3(4), 317 - 325.

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