Deborah J. Monahan, Ph. D. is a Professor of Social Work at Syracuse University and she been a member of the faculty since 1990. She is the Interim Associate Dean for Research in the College of Sport and Human Dynamics. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and has been a member of their publications committee and secretary of the section on Social Research, Policy and Practice. She has also been a member of the board of directors of the American Society on Aging and served on their research committee for ten years. She has been a research investigator on projects related to the efficacy of support groups, community alternatives to long term care, family caregiving, kinship caregiving, and adolescent pregnancy prevention. She is co-author with Ronald Toseland and David Haigler of the book, Education and Support Programs for Caregivers: Research, Practice and Policy published by Springer (2011). Her publications appear in journals such as the Gerontologist, Families in Society, Social Work, Nursing Economics, Journal of Gerontology, Psychology and Aging, Journal of Medical Education, and the Journal of Gerontological Social Work. She teaches courses in social work practice, clinical evaluation, and processes of aging.