Cynthia Ann Hovland, Ph.D, MSSW, BSW, LSW
 Title: Associate Professor
MSW Program Director
 Dept: Social Work
 Office: RT 1419
 Phone: 216-687-4553
 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
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 Director 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.

Dr. Hovland serves as CSU PI on a Health Resources and Services Administration Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, titled: Infusing Interprofessional Geriatric Education into Primary Care and Community Learning Environments. This project will enhance training for nurses, social workers, and other health care providers who work with older adult populations, while also developing better methods for treating patients dealing with drug addiction, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease. She is also the CSU PI on a second Health Resources and Services Administration grant, Resiliency: Caring for Ourselves While Caring for Others. The purpose of the proposed project is to increase resiliency to impact burnout, mental health issues, suicide, and substance abuse. Dr. Hovland previously served 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. & Brown, D. (2022). Virtual Simulation to Promote Interprofessional Team Practice with Older Adults. Nexus Summit ¿ Learning Together at the Nexus: A Focus on What Matters Most.

Hovland, C. & Mallett, C. ¿Positive aspects of family caregiving for older adults dying of dementia: A qualitative study at end-of-life", April 23, 2022, Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network General Assembly: Looking Forward and Back: Celebrating our history and the future of hospice and palliative care social work, Santa Fe, NM.

Hovland, C. Adaptation of Geriatric Interprofessional Education from In-Person to Virtual. Symposia Presentation, November 12, 2021 Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting: Disruption to Transformation: Aging in the ¿New Normal.¿

Drost, J., Fosnight, S., Brown, D., Hovland, C. & Kropp, K. A Simulation Model for Geriatric Education: Theory, Virtual Transformation and Quality Improvement. November 12, 2021 Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting: Disruption to Transformation: Aging in the ¿New Normal.¿

Hovland, C. When death with dementia is ¿A memory seared in my brain¿: Caregivers recommendations to healthcare professionals. November 19, 2021 Social Work in Hospice & Palliative Care Network -Virtual Summit.

Hovland, C., Hazlett, S., Emshoff, J., Milliken, 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. Presidential ePoster presentation 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.