Robin Bonifas
Associate Professor, Associate Director
School Of Social Work

Robin Bonifas is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, part of the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. Bonifas has over 15 years of experience working with older adults and their families in long-term care and inpatient psychiatric settings.  

Her research focuses on enhancing psychosocial care for persons with chronic illness and disability, especially those with comorbid mental health conditions and those requiring nursing home care, and on evaluating curricular interventions designed to prepare social work students for effective practice with older adults. Her current projects examine resident-to-resident aggression in nursing homes, late-life bullying and other challenges to social relationships in senior care organizations, and the impact of interprofessional education on students’ competencies for collaborative healthcare practice. 

Bonifas serves on the editorial board executive committee for the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, the official journal of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work. Bonifas also serves on the AGESW board of directors for a three-year term through 2017.

Bonifas received her Ph.D. in social welfare from the University of Washington.

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  • Social gerontology
  • Long-term care, psychosocial care in skilled nursing facilities
  • Social work education and leadership in gerontology
  • Adjustment and resilience of older adults
  • Elder abuse and neglect
  • Formal and informal caregiver stress
  • Job stress and burnout in the helping professions