Philip McCallion, director of the School of Social Work, was named member-at-large of the executive committee for the St. Louis Group for Excellence in Social Work Research and Education, an organization of deans and directors representing schools of social work across the country.
McCallion's research explores evidence-based interventions in health promotion, falls reduction, caregiver support, dementia management and service system redesign. Notably, he is co-founder/co-principal investigator of the Intellectual Disability Supplement to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging and co-investigator on longitudinal studies of dementia. 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. In addition, his translational research and trainings have impacted states and communities improve systems, programs, and supports for a number of populations, particularly aging persons and those with intellectual disabilities. He has more than 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, and more.
The St. Louis Group for Excellence in Social Work Research and Education has a membership of more than 50 accredited graduate social work programs. Member programs are all part of R1 research institutions, denoting the highest level of research activity. The group aims to address the needs of research-focused social work schools and increase social work's contribution to major research initiatives.