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Jim Power

Dr. Jim Power, MSW, APSW, Ph.D., joined the Department of Social Work faculty in August, 2017. An Iowa native, he studied at Bowdoin College earning a degree in Anthropology with a minor in Economics. As part of his undergraduate education, he studied in Botswana. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, he returned to Iowa and worked as a psychiatric technician at Iowa Lutheran Hospital. Dr. Power then earned his MSW from the University of Iowa-Des Moines, in the Family-Centered Care concentration. While there, he successfully completed internships at Polk County Department of Human Services and Des Moines University’s Department of Psychiatry and Neurology. Additionally, he has been a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) in Iowa since 2000.

Dr. Power earned his Ph.D. in Social Work in Iowa City, completing coursework in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, and Education. He is trained as a Gerontologist and holds an Aging Studies Certificate. During his Ph.D. program, Dr. Power served as a graduate teaching assistant for Social Work courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. He was appointed a Teaching Fellow for introductory Gerontology and Intergenerational Service-Learning.

As a Ph.D. student, Dr. Power has contributed to several qualitative research studies, including an interview-based study on rural, elderly men caring for their wives with chronic illnesses; a participant-observation study on hospice social workers in long-term care settings; a project on oral histories of rural elders; and an interview study on social work clinicians who lost a client to suicide. He has co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles, been involved in poster presentations, and presented at national conferences. Dr. Power completed his dissertation entitled Adult Children with Schizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder: Family Case Studies in Social Support (2009).

After graduation, Dr. Power, relocated to rural Iowa. For eight years, he worked as a hospice social worker where he had the opportunity to work with hundreds of clients and families. He has been active at the affiliate level as Vice President of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) South Central Iowa, as well as a Director-at-Large for NAMI Iowa. His research and teaching interests include: end-of-life care, gerontology, qualitative research, healthcare, social work ethics, mental health advocacy and policy.

Dr. Power belongs to NASW-WI, NAMI-WI, and The Gerontological Society of America (GSA).


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