Highlights, News, and Events

Click here to learn more about the MSW graduates passing the licensing exam above national rates!
Click here for the Fall 2014 Department of Social Work & Gerontology Newsletter.

Practice Self-Care!

Start 2015 off right by practicing self-care from the start! For information on how to do so, visit the SU Social Work Self-Care page!

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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)


73-102 Social Work and Social Welfare
73-327 Social Work Practice with Families
73-351 Special Fields of Social Work: Aging
73-357 Special Fields of Social Work: Health Care                
73-360 Research Techniques for Social Workers
81-100 Introduction to Gerontology
81-301 Gerontology Internship I
81-303 Gerontology Internship II
81-480 Diversity in Later Life


073-525 Graduate Research Methods
073-604 Health Care
073-630 Advanced Field Practicum I
073-640 Diversity in Later Life
081-650 Applied Projects and Research in Aging