Associate Professor, Graduate School of Social Work
Associate Professor Leslie Hasche focuses on clinical social work practice related to aging and mental health. Her research aims to understand how community-based services may best promote older adults’ mental health, independence, safety, quality of life and overall wellness. She enjoys integrating her research and previous mental health practice experience into teaching theory-based and contemporary issue courses related to social work, aging, and intergenerational justice. She is committed to mentoring new social workers entering the promising and rewarding field of social work with older adults and their families. Hasche serves as the chair for the Aging Services and Policy concentration at the Graduate School of Social Work and is an advisory group member of University of Denver’s Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging. Current research projects involve partnering with Colorado’s Adult Protective Service agency on how to assess and intervene on issues of elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. Her scholarship has been funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institute of Justice, and the John A Hartford Foundation. These projects have involved mentoring new scholars as both master-level and doctoral level research assistants. With over 20 publications, her research has been shared through journals, such as The Gerontologist, The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatric, and the Journal of Gerontological Social Work. In 2015, the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work recognized Hasche’s early career accomplishments with the Faculty Achievement Award.
Session: INTERGENERATIONAL CRISIS OR PROMISE? HOW TO BRING GENERATIONS TOGETHER FOR AN AGING SOCIETY