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Philip McCallion

Director
Professor
Social Work

Biography

Philip McCallion, PhD, is professor and director of the School of Social Work within the College of Public Health at Temple University. His research advances evidence-based interventions in health promotion, falls reduction, caregiver support, dementia management and service system redesign. McCallion is co-founder/co-principal investigator/co-applicant of the Intellectual Disability Supplement to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging, and co-investigator on longitudinal studies of dementia in persons with Down syndrome. McCallion is visiting/adjunct professor at Trinity College Dublin, a John A. Hartford Foundation Social Work Faculty Scholar and Mentor, and a fellow of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and of the Gerontological Society of America. Serving on international consensus panels and the board of the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia, McCallion is the national consultant on intellectual disabilities and dementia for the U.S. National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center.

Over 28 years, Professor McCallion's translational research and training offerings to states and communities, including rural communities, have extended to: 

  • System design work on improving systems integration, creating aging-prepared/friendly communities and on embedding continuous quality improvement processes and outcomes, evidence-based health promotion, self-management, care transitions, options counseling, screening and participant-directed practices in services delivery. 
  • Evaluation of the implementation of non-pharmacological interventions for persons with dementia and of psycho-educational interventions for family caregivers including improved reach to African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Chinese and Korean families.
  • Offering of in-person, webinar-based and phone-based training and technical assistance throughout the United States and in seven other countries on dementia care and related service redesign and evaluation design in general, and particularly for programming persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Development of innovative demonstration projects designed to maintain aging persons with intellectual disabilities in the community.
  • Advancing early identification, assessment, care planning and person-centered care for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities when and if they experience symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias including attention to the unique issues of persons with Down syndrome.    
  • Increasing the reach of palliative care programs.

Professor McCallion has over 200 publications and has received over $30 million in grants and awards from the U.S. National Institute on Aging, National Institute on Drug Abuse, U.S. Administration on Community Living/Administration on Aging, John A. Hartford Foundation, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation, Retirement Research Foundation, Alzheimer's Association, U.S. Agency for Health Quality Research, U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, New York State Health Foundation, Health Research Board of Ireland, Irish Hospice Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Ireland and New York State's Department of Health, Office for the Aging, Office for People with Developmental Disabilities, Office for Children and Family Services and Developmental Disabilities Planning Council.

Education

  • PhD, University of Albany
  • MSW, University of Albany
  • BSSc, Social Studies, The Queen’s University of Belfast Northern Ireland