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Internationally Known Gerontologist Ronald Toseland of UAlbany Named Distinguished Professor by SUNY Board of Trustees

College student reading a book to an older person.

School of Social Work students, benefiting from Dr. Ronald Toseland's gerontology research and teaching, are delivering more effective social services to older persons. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

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ALBANY, N.Y. (December 01, 2010) --

University at Albany faculty member Ronald Toseland, an internationally known expert on effective interventions for problems such as dementia and multiple chronic health problems faced by older people, has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees. This is the highest academic rank in the SUNY system.

Toseland, a professor in UAlbany's School of Social Welfare since 1979 and director of the Institute of Gerontology since 1990, has a compelling and sustained research record. His research has reframed the ways in which scholars and practitioners think about social work group interventions and social services for the elderly and their caregivers.

Toseland's research has attracted more than $10 million in grants from federal, state and private sponsors. This past year, he was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., where he was honored for his high-impact work that advances social good.

Gerontologist Ronald Toseland

Gerontologist Ronald Toseland, an internationally published authority on group work practice, has been appointed Distinguished Professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees. (Photo Mark Schmidt)

"Professor Toseland has dedicated his career to improving the quality of life for older persons," said Katharine Briar-Lawson, dean of the School of Social Welfare. "He has helped to close the gap between research findings and their practical application in order to provide more effective social and health care services to older persons. His promotion to Distinguished Professor represents another extraordinary achievement."

Toseland has authored seven books and more than 100 book chapters and journal articles. His book, An Introduction to Group Work Practice, now in its 7th edition, is widely regarded as the most reliable and important textbook on the subject. Many of his books have been translated into other languages, and he is often invited to collaborate and lecture in other countries.

Toseland's outstanding contributions have been recognized in several ways in recent years. These include his receipt of the AGE-Social Work 2007 Career Achievement Award (one of the highest awards in gerontology), the Research Foundation's Outstanding Research Scholar Award in 2008 and the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research.


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