Dr. Dara Bourassa, Associate Professor of Social Work and Gerontology
Office: Shippen Hall 325
I received my Bachelors in Social Work and Masters in Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. I have received my PhD in Social Welfare at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Why did you become interested in older adults?
I think that a lot of my interest stems from not having any grandparents that are alive. My last grandparent died when I was 23 and I felt like something was missing from my life. I was working at a suburban hospital in Baltimore, MD at the time, as a social worker, and began noticing and talking more to my older adult patients and family members. I "fell in love" with older adults during that time.
Why did you decide to become the Gerontology Program Director?
It was an opportunity that I could not say no to! I am so lucky to have been offered this directorship and I love and honor being a part of the Social Work and Gerontology Department.