“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.”
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 decision-making influences caregivers’ adaptation in bereavement; she aims to make a difference in the ways that we care for people who are facing life’s end.
Waldrop received a PhD in addition to a Certificate in Gerontology from Oklahoma State University and her MSW from Syracuse University. She serves as a member of the board of the Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) and of the Social Work in Hospice and Palliative Care Network (SWHPN). She is also member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and a fellow of the Gerontological Society in 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.