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Contact Information

Department of Social Work & Gerontology
Shippensburg University
382 Shippen Hall
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1717

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Dr. Dara Bourassa 

Associate Professor & Director of  Gerontology 


Office:  325 Shippen Hall 
Phone:  717-477-1969 
BSW-University of Pittsburgh (1998) 
MSW-University of Pittsburgh (1999) 
PhD-Social Work, Universit of Maryland (2007) 


SWK 102 Social Work and Social Welfare
SWK 150 Human Relations Lab
SWK 250 Assessing Individuals in the Social Environment
SWK 327 Social Work Practice with Families
SWK 351 Special Fields: Aging
SWK 357 Special Fields: Health Care
SWK 360 Research Techniques for Social Workers

GRN 100 Introduction to Gerontology
GRN 301 Gerontology Internship I
GRN 303 Gerontology Internship II
GRN 480 Diversity in Later Life


SWK 525 Graduate Research Methods
SWK 604 Health Care
SWK 630 Advanced Field Practicum I
SWK 640 Diversity in Later Life
SWK 650 Applied Projects and Research in Aging



Bergel, D.P. (2006). Baccalaureate social work education and aging courses: The disconnect. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work 12(1), 105-118.
Bourassa, D.P. (2007, Fall). A minor in gerontology- a wise choice for your advisee's future. Advising News. (A publication published by the Advisor Development and Resource Team, Shippensburg University).
Bourassa, D.B. (2012). Examining Self-Protection Measures Guarding Adult Protective Services Social Workers against Compassion Fatigue. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27(9), 1699-1715.

Bourassa, D.B. & Clements, J.A. (2010). Supporting Ourselves: Groupwork Interventions for Compassion Fatigue: A Review of the Literature. Groupwork, 20(3), 7-23.
Bourassa, D.P. (2009). Adult protective services social workers' susceptibility to compassion fatigue: A literature review. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 52(3), 215-229.
Bourassa, D.P. (2009). "Becoming a social worker: Real students, real clients, real growth" and "Becoming a social worker with older adults: Real students, real clients, real growth" DVD review. The New Social Worker, 16(4), p. 35.
Bourassa, D.P. (2009). Strengthening intergenerational relationships among grandparents and grandchildren. Psikologji.
Bourassa, D.P. (2007). A Fast-Paced Environment: Hospital Social Work. In L.M. Grobman and D.P. Bourassa (Eds.), Days in the Lives of Gerontological Social Workers, (pp. 79-83). Harrisburg, PA: White Hat Communications.
Grobman, L.M. & Bourassa, D.P. (Eds.). (2007). Days in the Lives of Gerontological Social Workers. Harrisburg, PA: White Hat Communications.