Deborah Waldrop

Deborah Waldrop

Professor and Associate Dean for Faculty Development

"I believe that a 'good' late life and death are universal human rights. I’m committed to advancing awareness about the interrelationship between aging and progressive limitations. My research focuses on understanding how decision-making about options for care happens and on increasing knowledge about people and families’ expressed wishes near life’s end."

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 and Associate Dean for Faculty Development Deborah P. Waldrop has been with the UB School of Social Work since 1999, following 20 years of experience in healthcare settings. She is vice president of AGE-SW, the Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work, and a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Waldrop is also a fellow of the Gerontological Society in America.

In addition to exploring aging, loss and grief, and healthcare with students, Waldrop’s research focuses on healthcare decision-making, end-of life care, emergency decision-making at life’s end, caregiver bereavement, and knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about healthcare and hospice enrollment decisions. She also currently works for the Hartford Partnership Program in Aging Education, specializing in geriatric social work for MSW students which incorporates a rotational field placement and competency development in social work practice with older adults and their families.

Waldrop received a PhD in addition to a Certificate in Gerontology from Oklahoma State University (1999) and earned her MSW from Syracuse University (1979). She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Council on Social Work Education and serves on the Amherst Senior Center Senior Advisory Board. She has earned several accolades for her service and scholarship, including the Rose Dobrof Award for best paper from the Journal of Gerontological Social Work in 2011.

Deborah Waldrop discusses "Dying with Dignity" [2:12 mins]