Deborah Waldrop.

Deborah Waldrop


“People aren’t born knowing how to die, or how to care for someone who’s dying. It’s important to understand best practices—and we need evidence to back that up. Part of our research is looking at how these decision-making conversations impact the care that people receive, and caregivers’ adaptation in bereavement.”

Contact Information

633 Baldy Hall
Amherst, NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-1231
Fax: 716-645-3456

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Contact Information

633 Baldy Hall, Amherst, NY 14260 (view map)
Phone: 716-645-1231; Fax: 716-645-3456


  • PhD, Human Environmental Science and Family Relations, Oklahoma State University (1999)
  • MSW, Social Work, Syracuse University (1979)
  • BA, Social Welfare, Pennsylvania State University (1978)

Professional/Research Interests

Aging; end-of-life decision-making; advance care planning; end-of-life care; healthcare


Professor Deborah P. Waldrop has been with the UB School of Social Work since 1999, following 20 years of experience in healthcare settings.

Her clinical experience with families who were facing serious and life-threatening illnesses was central, informing her research, teaching and service. Waldrop’s research focuses on decision-making in serious and life-limiting illnesses and on end-of-life care. She is exploring how advance care planning influences the quality of care of people with serious illnesses and their caregivers; she aims to contribute to the science of palliative care and influence the ways t people who are facing life's end are cared for.

She serves as a co-chair of the National Quality Forum's standing committee on Geriatric and Palliative Care and the Chair-Elect of the Social Research and  Policy and Practice Section of the Gerontological Society of America.

Amongst other honors, Waldrop has received the AGESW Career Achievement Award and the SWHPN award for Excellence in Research. She serves as a co-chair of the National Quality Forum’s standing committee on Geriatric and Palliative Care.