Bronwyn Keefe is BUSSW’s assistant dean of workforce and professional development, research assistant professor, and director of BUSSW’s Center for Aging and Disability Education and Research (CADER) and The Network for Professional Education. Prof. Keefe 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.