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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. Charlene Lane

Assistant Professor
Office: 323 Shippen Hall
Phone: 717-477-1773
Email: clane@ship.edu


BA in Psychology, York College
Masters in Clinical Social Work, New York University
Doctorate in Social Work, Adelphi University

 charlene lane


Dr. Charlene G. Lane is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has clinical as well as administrative experiences. Dr. Lane holds a BA degree in Psychology from York College (CUNY) a Masters in Clinical Social Work from New York University and a Doctorate in Social Work from Adelphi University in Garden City New York. Her area of research focused on community dwelling older adults perceptions of themselves and their primary care experiences. Dr. Lane is particularly interested in the lived experiences of older adults in Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities (NORC) and has implemented  mental health as well as inter-generational programs at Rochdale Village NORC in South Jamaica, Queens, NY.

Prior to relocating to Central Pennsylvania, Dr. Lane maintained a thriving private practice in Long Island New York where she met the mental health and care management needs of older adults and their care givers. She also served in the capacity of Director of Social Work at a Nursing home in Long Island New York and  a member of the Nassau County Adult Protective Service Committee prior to teaching. In addition to her clinical and administrative experiences, Dr. Lane has taught as an adjunct professor since 2004 at Fordham University and Touro College (both in New York). Prior to joining the Shippensburg family, Dr. Lane served as an Assistant Professor at York College (CUNY), New York in the Department of Health, Physical Education & Gerontology where she mentored students with their respective research projects.

Dr. Lane has presented at conferences both nationally and internationally.

She has worked collaboratively with several senior centers and Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities in the New York Tri-State area.

Dr. Lane is proud of her Afro-Caribbean heritage, it is her desire to conduct a comparative analysis between community dwelling older adults in her native Trinidad and those in the USA (central PA). Dr. Lane attributes her passion for the elderly to her beloved maternal grandfather who was a pioneers in his time and who was cognitively intact until his death at the age of 100.


SWK 102: Social Work in Social Welfare
SWK 270: Practice with Individuals
SWK 275: Social Work Skills Working with Groups
SWK 389: Field Work in Social Work I
SWK 510: Human Behavior and the Social Environment
SWK 520: Micro/Mezzo Social Work Practice
SWK 602: Behavioral Health (Special Fields)
SWK 620: Aging (MSW)


Lane, C. (2014). Older Adults Role in the Misdiagnosis of Depressive Symptoms, Ageing and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 3, 61-69;
Lane, C. (2012). A Symbolic Interactionism Perspective and Aging. Ageing and Society: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 1, 1-15.
Lane, C. (2009). National Association of Christian Social Workers Presentation Journal, Ageism Alive and Well.
Lane, C. (2007). National Association of Christian Social Workers Presentation Journal, The Feasibility of In-Home Psychotherapy for the Elderly.