Nancy R. Hooyman

Professor and Dean Emerita
PhD, University of Michigan

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Dr. Nancy R. Hooyman, Hooyman Professor in Gerontology and Dean Emeritus at the UW School of Social Work is recipient of the School’s first endowed professorship in gerontology, the Nancy R. Hooyman Professorship. She also served as the director of the School's PhD program in social welfare

She is co-principal investigator of the CSWE National Center on Gerontological Social Work Education, where she has provided national leadership on infusing gerontological competencies and content in social work curricula. Recent grants from the New York Community Trust Foundation and the Retirement Research Foundation are related to workforce development in the Aging and Disability Network.

She is author of 12 books and over 130 peer review articles and book chapters related to gerontology and women’s issues, and is a frequent presenter on multigenerational policy and practice, gender inequities in family caregiving, feminist gerontology, loss and grief, end-of-life care, and gerontological curricular change. Her co-authored books include a widely used text, Aging Matters: An Introduction to Social Gerontology:  Social Gerontology: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (10th edition 2017); Living through Loss: Interventions across the Lifespan; Transforming Social Work Education: The First Decade of the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Initiative; Feminist Perspectives on Family Care: Policies toward Gender Justice; and Taking Care of Older Relatives, one of the first widely used books on family caregiving.  Her current research addresses loss and grief associated with living with chronic pain and person-centered and participant-directed competencies for social workers.

She is the recipient of the 2009 CSWE Lifetime Achievement Award in Social Work Education, and was inducted into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare in 2011. She is a Fellow and past-chair of the Social Research Policy and Practice (SRPP) Section of GSA; Past-President of SSWR; Past-President of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work; past-Board member of the National Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research; and Past Chairperson of the Action Network for Social Work Education and Research. She has served on the Advisory Boards for all the Hartford Foundation Geriatric Initiatives and for three years, chaired the UW Elder-Friendly Futures conference. She is the lead instructor for the UW Certificate Program in Gerontology. In Seattle, she chairs the Community Life Foundation for SHAG, which offers moderate income housing for older adults and is active in Wider Horizons, a central Seattle village initiative.