Cynthia Ann Hovland, Ph.D, MSSW
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 Title: Associate Professor
MSW Program Coordinator
 Dept: Social Work
 Office: RT 1419
 Phone: 216-687-4553
 Email: c.hovland@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 1419, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Death and Dying, Grief and Loss, Aging, Interprofessional Education and Practice, Caregiving, Family Caregiving, Alzheimer's Disease, Dementia, Health Care, Spirituality, Preparedness for Death
 
Education:
Ph.D., Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013
MSSW, Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000
BSW, Social Work, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 1997
 
Brief Bio:
Cynthia Hovland, PhD, MSSW, is an Associate Professor of Social Work and Coordinator of the Master of Social Work Program at Cleveland State University. She is also an adjunct faculty member with NEOMED in the Department of Community & Family Medicine. Dr. Hovland teaches Grief, Death, Loss & Life, Social Work in Aging, Human Behavior in the Social Environment I & II, Aging and Social Work Practice, Psychopathology and Human Values in Medicine. Additionally, she serves as Director of a National Institutes of Health center grant, overseeing the Education Core for the Center of Health Disparities at CSU, in partnership with MetroHealth. Dr. Hovland's program of research explores disparities in healthcare, interprofessional education, spirituality in healthcare, end-of -life care, death and dying, caregiving, grief and loss, and Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Her research interests are grounded in nearly 20 years of clinical practice as a hospice social worker, grief counselor/supervisor, volunteer, clinical manager, and scholar.  Dr. Hovland's previous work on this topic has included national conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications.
 
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Peer-Reviewed Presentations

Hovland, C. When death with dementia is A memory seared in my brain: Caregivers recommendations to healthcare professionals. Accepted for Fall 2021 Social Work in Hospice & Palliative Care Network -Virtual

Hovland, C., Hazlett, S., Emshoff, J., Miliken, B., Niederriter, J., Kropp, D., Gareri, D. A Virtual Education Experience Providing Modeling and Practice for Fall Risk Assessments and Interprofessional Team Fall Prevention Care Planning. Poster presentation accepted for Spring 2021 American Geriatrics Society Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting

Hovland, C. Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, Annual Caregiver Conference (Virtual): Navigating Virtual Caregiving. December 10, 2020.

Hovland, C. Welcoming death: Understanding caregivers┬┐ experiences with pre-death grief and
loss. September 2020 Social Work in Hospice & Palliative Care Network Virtual Conference.

Hovland, C. Welcoming death: Understanding caregivers┬┐ experiences with pre-death grief and loss. 2020 SWHPN General Assembly, San Diego, CA. -Cancelled due to Covid-19.

Hovland, C. & Niederriter, J. Using interprofessional teams to assess community dwelling older
adults who are at risk for falls. Presented at the 2019 QSEN International Forum: QSEN Rocks:
Informatics Competency and Simulation to Improve Quality and Safety Education and Practice,
Cleveland, Ohio.

Thoman, J., Hovland, C., & Niederriter, J. Spirituality & interprofessional healthcare education:
An exploratory study. Post presentation at the 2019 Midwest Nursing Research Society 43rd
Annual Research Conference. Kansas City, MO.

Emshoff, J., Hovland, C., Niederriter, J., & Wendland, M. A Tale of two interprofessional
education events: Exploring concepts in palliative care with students using interprofessional
workshops. Poster presentation at the 2019 Collaborating Across Borders VII, Indianapolis, IN.

Hovland, C. & Kramer, B.J. Barriers and facilitators in preparing caregivers for the death of
an elder with dementia. Presented at the 2017 International Association of Geriatrics
and Gerontology World Congress, San Francisco, CA.

Hovland-Scafe, C. & Kramer, B.J. Preparedness for death: The experience of family caregivers of elders with dementia. Presented at the 2016 Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network. General Assembly, San Diego, CA.

Kramer, B. J., Hovland-Scafe, C., & Kirchoff, K. Quality of care of elders as the end of life: A comparative analysis of family perceptions of two divergent care models. Paper presented at the 2012 Gerontological Society of America's 57th Annual Scientific Meeting. Washington, D.C.