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Bronwyn Keefe

Director, CADER & The Network for Professional EducationResearch Assistant Professor

Specialties

• Behavioral health and aging

• Workforce development

• Online curriculum development

• Program and training evaluation

• Long-term service and support delivery

• Community-based programs and services

• The intersection of aging and disability programs and policies

Bronwyn Keefe

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Bio

Bronwyn Keefe, research assistant professor and director of BUSSW’s Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER), is passionate about educating practitioners and making an impact on their knowledge, skills and values in key practice areas with older adults. Her research has been published in the Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, Journal of Aging and Social Policy and Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

Through CADER, Keefe develops curriculum and evaluates training initiatives for professionals who work with older adults and people with disabilities. To date, she has trained more than 20,000 workers and provided online training in the area of aging to more than 450 community-based agencies and state organizations nationwide. In fall 2019, she was awarded a four-year Geriatric Academic Career Award from the Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) to continue to build upon her commitment to train an interprofessional gerontology workforce. Keefe has also been funded on many projects related to behavioral health, with a focus on building the capacity of providers and communities in understanding the importance of mental health, substance use and developing age-friendly initiatives to improve the lives of older adults. 

Keefe serves on the boards of the Eldercare Workforce Alliance and the Massachusetts Gerontology Association, where she is vice president.

Education

MSW (Macro, Planning & Program Development)

Boston University

MPH (Epidemiology & Biostatistics)

Boston University

PhD (Sociology & Social Work)

Boston University

Courses

SR 743 Research I: Introduction to Research Methods
SR 744 Research II: Introduction to Statistical Testing
WP 701 Social Welfare Policy

Courses

SR 743 Research I: Introduction to Research Methods
SR 744 Research II: Introduction to Statistical Testing
WP 701 Social Welfare Policy

Publications

Keefe, B., Carolan K, Wint AJ, Goudreau M, Scott Cluett W 3rd, Iezzoni LI. (2020) Behavioral Health Emergencies Encountered by Community Paramedics: Lessons from the Field and Opportunities for Skills Advancement. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2020 Jul;47(3):365-376. doi: 10.1007/s11414-020-09687-4. Erratum in: J Behav Health Serv Res. 2020 Oct;47(4):616-617. PMID: 32016658; PMCID: PMC7223080.

Keefe, B. (2018). Can a Unified Service Delivery Philosophy be Identified in Aging and Disability Organizations? Exploring Competing Service Delivery Models through the Voices of the Workforce in these Organizations. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 30 (1), DOI: 10.1080/08959420.2017.1396098.

Keefe, B. (2017). Pride and Prejudice: Breaking Down Socially Constructed Attitudes and Moving Towards a “Convergence” In Aging and Disability Studies. The Gerontologist, 57(6), 1192-1195.

Enguidanos, S., Coulourides Kogan, A., Keefe, B., Geron, S.M., & Katz, L. (2011). Patient-Centered Approach to Building Problem Solving Skills among Older Primary Care Patients: Problems Identified and Resolved. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54(3): 276-291.

Keefe, B., Geron, S.M., & Enguidanos, S. (2009). Integrating Social Workers into Primary Care: Physician and Nurse Perceptions of Roles, Benefits and Challenges. Social Work in Healthcare, 48(6): 579-596.

Geron, S.M. & Keefe, B. (2006). Moving evidence-based interventions to populations: A case study using social workers in primary care. Home Health Care Quarterly, 25(1/2): 95-113.

Nierenberg, A.A., Keefe, B., Leslie, V., Alpert, J.E., Rosenbaum, J.F., & Fava, M. (1999). Residual symptoms in depressed patients who respond acutely with fluoxetine. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60(4), 221-25.

Tedlow, J.R., Leslie, V., Keefe B., Alpert, J.E., Nierenberg, A.A., Rosenbaum, J.F., & Fava, M. (1999). Axis I and axis II disorder comorbidity in unipolar depression with anger attacks. Journal of Affective Disorders, 52(1-3), 217-23.

Publications

Keefe, B., Carolan K, Wint AJ, Goudreau M, Scott Cluett W 3rd, Iezzoni LI. (2020) Behavioral Health Emergencies Encountered by Community Paramedics: Lessons from the Field and Opportunities for Skills Advancement. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2020 Jul;47(3):365-376. doi: 10.1007/s11414-020-09687-4. Erratum in: J Behav Health Serv Res. 2020 Oct;47(4):616-617. PMID: 32016658; PMCID: PMC7223080.

Keefe, B. (2018). Can a Unified Service Delivery Philosophy be Identified in Aging and Disability Organizations? Exploring Competing Service Delivery Models through the Voices of the Workforce in these Organizations. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 30 (1), DOI: 10.1080/08959420.2017.1396098.

Keefe, B. (2017). Pride and Prejudice: Breaking Down Socially Constructed Attitudes and Moving Towards a “Convergence” In Aging and Disability Studies. The Gerontologist, 57(6), 1192-1195.

Enguidanos, S., Coulourides Kogan, A., Keefe, B., Geron, S.M., & Katz, L. (2011). Patient-Centered Approach to Building Problem Solving Skills among Older Primary Care Patients: Problems Identified and Resolved. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54(3): 276-291.

Keefe, B., Geron, S.M., & Enguidanos, S. (2009). Integrating Social Workers into Primary Care: Physician and Nurse Perceptions of Roles, Benefits and Challenges. Social Work in Healthcare, 48(6): 579-596.

Geron, S.M. & Keefe, B. (2006). Moving evidence-based interventions to populations: A case study using social workers in primary care. Home Health Care Quarterly, 25(1/2): 95-113.

Nierenberg, A.A., Keefe, B., Leslie, V., Alpert, J.E., Rosenbaum, J.F., & Fava, M. (1999). Residual symptoms in depressed patients who respond acutely with fluoxetine. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 60(4), 221-25.

Tedlow, J.R., Leslie, V., Keefe B., Alpert, J.E., Nierenberg, A.A., Rosenbaum, J.F., & Fava, M. (1999). Axis I and axis II disorder comorbidity in unipolar depression with anger attacks. Journal of Affective Disorders, 52(1-3), 217-23.

Presentations

Keefe, B. (2021). Enhancing Behavioral Health Competencies: Interprofessional Collaboration between Social Work and Medicine. Paper presentation at the 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America.

Keefe, B. (2021). Plenary Session: Themes from Focus Groups on Structural Racism and Ageism. American Geriatrics Society’s Annual Meeting. Online.

Keefe, B. (2021). Workforce Development in Behavioral Health & Aging: Enhancing Competencies for Senior Center Staff. Poster presentation at 25th Annual Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Virtual Conference: Social Work Science for Social Change. Online.

Keefe, B. (2020). Workforce Development in Behavioral Health & Aging: Enhancing Competencies for Senior Center Staff. Paper presentation at the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Online.

Keefe, B. (2020). Prevention and Identification of Behavioral Health Issues in Older Adults: Skill Development Among Clergy Members. Panel presentation at the Massachusetts Councils on Aging. Online.

Keefe, B. (2020). Selected for Panel Presentation for Health Resources and Services Administration Joint Faculty Career Development and Beyond through Effective Collaboration and Networking. Presentation on Rapid Cycle Quality Improvement: Behavioral Health Competencies through Interprofessional Training.

Keefe, B. (2019). Strengthening Age Friendly Communities by Capacity Building to Address Behavioral Health Concerns in Older Adults. Poster presentation at the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Austin, TX.

Keefe, B. (2019) Invited Presentation to the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging. Presentation on Behavioral Health and Aging Competency-based Training.

Keefe, B. (2019). Workforce Development in Behavioral Health & Aging: Enhancing Competencies for Senior Center Staff. Paper presentation at National Council on Aging Annual Conference Age+Action. Washington, DC.

Keefe, B. (2018). Mobile Integrated Health and Complex Patients: Behavioral Health Challenges Encountered by Community Paramedics. Paper presentation at the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Boston, MA.

Keefe, B. (2017). Professional training that meets the needs of payers: Best practices and lessons learned in state example. Workshop presentation at the Annual Conference for the National Association on Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) Conference, Savannah, GA.

Keefe, B. (2017). New York State Office for Aging and the Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research: Academic and state partnership in building a competent workforce. Invited presentation for a national webinar, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Keefe, B. (2015). Promises and challenges of merging aging and disability services: Can this framework be successful? Paper presentation at the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, FL.

Keefe, B. (2015). Enhancing mental wellness among older immigrants and refugees: Results from a suicide prevention training program. Paper presentation at the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, FL.

Keefe, B. (2015). Workforce development in behavioral health & aging: Enhancing competencies for workers in senior centers. Invited presentation for a national webinar, Grantmakers in Aging.

Keefe, B. (2015). Aging and disability resource centers: The challenges of bringing together the different service logic models of the aging and disabilities worlds. Symposium presentation at the 2015 ASA/NCOA Joint Conference, Chicago, IL.

Keefe, B. (2015). Connecticut Money Follows the Person Program: Using online training to enhance workforce development. Workshop presentation at the 2015 ASA/NCOA Joint Conference, Chicago, IL.

Presentations

Keefe, B. (2021). Enhancing Behavioral Health Competencies: Interprofessional Collaboration between Social Work and Medicine. Paper presentation at the 73rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America.

Keefe, B. (2021). Plenary Session: Themes from Focus Groups on Structural Racism and Ageism. American Geriatrics Society’s Annual Meeting. Online.

Keefe, B. (2021). Workforce Development in Behavioral Health & Aging: Enhancing Competencies for Senior Center Staff. Poster presentation at 25th Annual Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Virtual Conference: Social Work Science for Social Change. Online.

Keefe, B. (2020). Workforce Development in Behavioral Health & Aging: Enhancing Competencies for Senior Center Staff. Paper presentation at the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Online.

Keefe, B. (2020). Prevention and Identification of Behavioral Health Issues in Older Adults: Skill Development Among Clergy Members. Panel presentation at the Massachusetts Councils on Aging. Online.

Keefe, B. (2020). Selected for Panel Presentation for Health Resources and Services Administration Joint Faculty Career Development and Beyond through Effective Collaboration and Networking. Presentation on Rapid Cycle Quality Improvement: Behavioral Health Competencies through Interprofessional Training.

Keefe, B. (2019). Strengthening Age Friendly Communities by Capacity Building to Address Behavioral Health Concerns in Older Adults. Poster presentation at the 71st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Austin, TX.

Keefe, B. (2019) Invited Presentation to the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging. Presentation on Behavioral Health and Aging Competency-based Training.

Keefe, B. (2019). Workforce Development in Behavioral Health & Aging: Enhancing Competencies for Senior Center Staff. Paper presentation at National Council on Aging Annual Conference Age+Action. Washington, DC.

Keefe, B. (2018). Mobile Integrated Health and Complex Patients: Behavioral Health Challenges Encountered by Community Paramedics. Paper presentation at the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America. Boston, MA.

Keefe, B. (2017). Professional training that meets the needs of payers: Best practices and lessons learned in state example. Workshop presentation at the Annual Conference for the National Association on Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) Conference, Savannah, GA.

Keefe, B. (2017). New York State Office for Aging and the Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research: Academic and state partnership in building a competent workforce. Invited presentation for a national webinar, National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).

Keefe, B. (2015). Promises and challenges of merging aging and disability services: Can this framework be successful? Paper presentation at the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, FL.

Keefe, B. (2015). Enhancing mental wellness among older immigrants and refugees: Results from a suicide prevention training program. Paper presentation at the 68th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, FL.

Keefe, B. (2015). Workforce development in behavioral health & aging: Enhancing competencies for workers in senior centers. Invited presentation for a national webinar, Grantmakers in Aging.

Keefe, B. (2015). Aging and disability resource centers: The challenges of bringing together the different service logic models of the aging and disabilities worlds. Symposium presentation at the 2015 ASA/NCOA Joint Conference, Chicago, IL.

Keefe, B. (2015). Connecticut Money Follows the Person Program: Using online training to enhance workforce development. Workshop presentation at the 2015 ASA/NCOA Joint Conference, Chicago, IL.

Grants

2020-2025
Role: Principal Investigator for BU (PIs: Erin Emery-Tiburcio, PhD, ABPP and Robyn Golden, LCSW, Rush University Medical Center)
Title: Engage, Educate, & Empower for Equity: E4, The Rush Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging
Provide expertise in training around older adult mental health, program implementation and building partnerships across state and local agencies, provide technical assistance to community-based organizations, and measurement of practice change based on training.
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Amount: $3,500,000
Sub-contract amount: $50,000

2020-2022
Role: Principal Investigator
Title: Enhancing Workforce Development Nationally: Leveraging Alumni as Partners in Expanding Lifelong Learning Opportunities
Create a lifelong learning database portal that will serve as a “one-stop resource” for training and workforce development efforts offered through BUSSW alumni and faculty. Develop a “Trainer’s Hub,” listing subject matter experts on a variety of topics—all of whom are alumni and faculty members at BUSSW interested in developing content and providing training across the country.
Sponsor: Digital Learning & Innovation, Boston University
Amount: $322,591

2020-2021
Role: Co-Principal Investigator with Karen Jacobs, PhD & Craig Slater, PhD from Sargent College
Title: Interprofessional Leadership in Healthcare Certificate Using an Alumni Mentoring Approach
This project is a collaboration between the College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College (Sargent College) and the School of Social Work (SSW) to create a non-credit online certificate in Interprofessional Leadership in Health Care using an alumni mentoring approach. This certificate will highlight the vast experiences of Boston University alumni by engaging them as e-mentors in five one-month online courses.
Sponsor: Digital Learning & Innovation, Boston University
Amount: $159,290

2019-2023
Role: Principal Investigator
Title: Geriatric Academic Career Award: Enhancing Behavioral Health Competencies through Interprofessional Training
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
As one of two inaugural social work awardees among twenty-six recipients nationwide, this award is to support the career development of junior faculty members providing interprofessional clinical training in aging.
Amount: $300,000

2014-2022
Role: Principal Investigator
Title: Prevention and Identification of Behavioral Health Issues in Older Adults: Skill Development Among Clergy Members
Sponsor: Massachusetts Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Program
To create and provide training to faith-based leaders in the area of behavioral health in aging. To facilitate partnerships between faith communities, social service organizations, and aging service providers in order to expand the reach and improve the quality of services for older adults.
Total Amount: 302,966
Amount Renewed Yearly: $78,022

2018-2020
Role: Principal Investigator
Title: Prevention and Identification of Behavioral Health Issues in Older Adults: Enhancing Competencies for Workers in Senior Centers
Sponsor: The Retirement Research Foundation
In collaboration with National Council on Aging (NCOA), we plan to enhance the behavioral health competencies of Senior Center staff in Illinois, Florida, and Wisconsin.
Amount: $114,346
Renewal (2020): $79,953

2016-2021
Role: Principal Investigator
Title: Building Dementia-Capable Services and Supports Through Alzheimer’s and Dementia Training
Sponsor: Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs
To build the competencies of health and social service practitioners in Massachusetts to build a dementia-capable workforce to support people with Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias.
Amount: $103,265 (renewed each year)

2016-Present
Funder: New York State Office for the Aging
Amount: $451,115.00 (renewed each year)
The purpose of this contract is to train health and social service providers in case management to expand the capacity of this workforce to better serve older adults. This training is mandated by the State of New York for all case managers who are newly hired and requires a recertification of training every five years.

Grants

2020-2025
Role: Principal Investigator for BU (PIs: Erin Emery-Tiburcio, PhD, ABPP and Robyn Golden, LCSW, Rush University Medical Center)
Title: Engage, Educate, & Empower for Equity: E4, The Rush Center of Excellence in Behavioral Health Disparities in Aging
Provide expertise in training around older adult mental health, program implementation and building partnerships across state and local agencies, provide technical assistance to community-based organizations, and measurement of practice change based on training.
Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Amount: $3,500,000
Sub-contract amount: $50,000

2020-2022
Role: Principal Investigator
Title: Enhancing Workforce Development Nationally: Leveraging Alumni as Partners in Expanding Lifelong Learning Opportunities
Create a lifelong learning database portal that will serve as a “one-stop resource” for training and workforce development efforts offered through BUSSW alumni and faculty. Develop a “Trainer’s Hub,” listing subject matter experts on a variety of topics—all of whom are alumni and faculty members at BUSSW interested in developing content and providing training across the country.
Sponsor: Digital Learning & Innovation, Boston University
Amount: $322,591

2020-2021
Role: Co-Principal Investigator with Karen Jacobs, PhD & Craig Slater, PhD from Sargent College
Title: Interprofessional Leadership in Healthcare Certificate Using an Alumni Mentoring Approach
This project is a collaboration between the College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College (Sargent College) and the School of Social Work (SSW) to create a non-credit online certificate in Interprofessional Leadership in Health Care using an alumni mentoring approach. This certificate will highlight the vast experiences of Boston University alumni by engaging them as e-mentors in five one-month online courses.
Sponsor: Digital Learning & Innovation, Boston University
Amount: $159,290

2019-2023
Role: Principal Investigator
Title: Geriatric Academic Career Award: Enhancing Behavioral Health Competencies through Interprofessional Training
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
As one of two inaugural social work awardees among twenty-six recipients nationwide, this award is to support the career development of junior faculty members providing interprofessional clinical training in aging.
Amount: $300,000

2014-2022
Role: Principal Investigator
Title: Prevention and Identification of Behavioral Health Issues in Older Adults: Skill Development Among Clergy Members
Sponsor: Massachusetts Department of Public Health Suicide Prevention Program
To create and provide training to faith-based leaders in the area of behavioral health in aging. To facilitate partnerships between faith communities, social service organizations, and aging service providers in order to expand the reach and improve the quality of services for older adults.
Total Amount: 302,966
Amount Renewed Yearly: $78,022

2018-2020
Role: Principal Investigator
Title: Prevention and Identification of Behavioral Health Issues in Older Adults: Enhancing Competencies for Workers in Senior Centers
Sponsor: The Retirement Research Foundation
In collaboration with National Council on Aging (NCOA), we plan to enhance the behavioral health competencies of Senior Center staff in Illinois, Florida, and Wisconsin.
Amount: $114,346
Renewal (2020): $79,953

2016-2021
Role: Principal Investigator
Title: Building Dementia-Capable Services and Supports Through Alzheimer’s and Dementia Training
Sponsor: Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs
To build the competencies of health and social service practitioners in Massachusetts to build a dementia-capable workforce to support people with Alzheimer’s Disease and other Dementias.
Amount: $103,265 (renewed each year)

2016-Present
Funder: New York State Office for the Aging
Amount: $451,115.00 (renewed each year)
The purpose of this contract is to train health and social service providers in case management to expand the capacity of this workforce to better serve older adults. This training is mandated by the State of New York for all case managers who are newly hired and requires a recertification of training every five years.

Professional Activities and Certifications

• Invited Member of the American Geriatrics Society’s Intersection of Structural Racism and Ageism in Healthcare Initiative Goals and Strategies Committee (2020-2021).
• Vice President of the Board, Massachusetts Gerontology Association (2019-present)
• BU Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health, Affiliated Faculty Member (2019-present)
• Board Member, Massachusetts Gerontology Association (2018-2019)
• Board Member, Eldercare Workforce Alliance (2019-present)
• Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative Advisory Council (2017-present)
• Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative: Creating Champions and Public Awareness Subcommittee (2018)
• Massachusetts Aging and Mental Health Coalition (2017-present)

Peer Reviewer
• Journal of Gerontological Social Work
• Journal of Aging and Social Policy
• The Gerontologist
• Home Health Quarterly
• Social Work in Health Care

Professional Activities and Certifications

• Invited Member of the American Geriatrics Society’s Intersection of Structural Racism and Ageism in Healthcare Initiative Goals and Strategies Committee (2020-2021).
• Vice President of the Board, Massachusetts Gerontology Association (2019-present)
• BU Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health, Affiliated Faculty Member (2019-present)
• Board Member, Massachusetts Gerontology Association (2018-2019)
• Board Member, Eldercare Workforce Alliance (2019-present)
• Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative Advisory Council (2017-present)
• Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative: Creating Champions and Public Awareness Subcommittee (2018)
• Massachusetts Aging and Mental Health Coalition (2017-present)

Peer Reviewer
• Journal of Gerontological Social Work
• Journal of Aging and Social Policy
• The Gerontologist
• Home Health Quarterly
• Social Work in Health Care

Awards and Honors

2017 Promising Practice Award from Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging

Awards and Honors

2017 Promising Practice Award from Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging
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