University at Albany
Dr. Philip McCallion, MSW '81, PhD '93

Distinguished Continuing Professional Education Leadership Award of Excellence

Dr. Philip McCallion, MSW '81, PhD '93
Director, Center for Excellence in Aging Services
School of Social Welfare, University at Albany

Philip McCallion, Ph.D. ACSW is Professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany, a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar and Mentor and is Co-Director of the Center for Excellence in Aging & Community Wellness.

Professor McCallion's research began with randomized control trials of psychosocial interventions for people with dementia and their caregivers. Over time his interests moved in a translational research direction and have extended to:

  • System design work on creating aging prepared communities and on embedding evidence-based health promotion, care transitions strategies and participant-directed practices in aging services delivery.
  • Evaluation of the implementation of non-pharmacological interventions for persons with dementia and of psycho-educational interventions for family caregivers.
  • Development of innovative demonstration projects designed to maintain aging persons with intellectual disabilities in the community.
  • Increasing the reach of palliative care programs.
  • Engaging in online and in-person workforce development to support evidence-based delivery, person-centered and self-directed care, continuous quality improvement and service redesign to support improved clinical-community linkages.  

Dr. McCallion's research and training has been supported by grants and awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Aging, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, the U.S. Administration on Aging/Administration on Community Living, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., Foundation, the Atlantic Philanthropies, the Alzheimer's Association, the Agency for Health Quality Research, the Health Research Board of Ireland, the Irish Hospice Foundation and New York State's Department of Health, Office for the Aging, Office for Children and Family Services, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

Dr. McCallion has over 100 publications on interventions with older adults with chronic conditions, caregivers of frail elderly, persons with Alzheimer's disease, and persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities. He is editor of Housing for the Elderly: Policy and Practice Issues; co-editor of Grandparents as Carers of Children with Disabilities: Facing the Challenges, and of Social Work Practice Research for the 21st Century; co-author of Maintaining Communication with Persons with Dementia and has produced videotape and CD-ROM-based training and self-instructional materials on Information & Assistance, Financial Abuse Prevention, Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia and on End of Life Care for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. Dr. McCallion has also written on management issues for the providers of human services. He is co-editor of Total Quality Management in the Social Services: Theory and Practice.