Banghwa Lee Casado has joined the faculty as an assistant professor at The School of Social Work at The University of Maryland, Baltimore. Dr. Casado received her Certificate in Gerontology at Geogia State in 1997 and BA in Sociology in 1998. She attended the University of Houston where she received both her Master of Social work degree and later her PhD in Social Work in 2005. Dr. Casado's doctoral dissertation research used the 1999 National Long-Term Care Survey and examined the effects of caregiver burden on the utilization of different types of home and community-based care among family caregivers of older Americans.
In a recent correspondence Dr. Casado said, "When I was a student at GSU, I had never imagined myself becoming a college professor, but I know I made a good career choice and will find it enjoyable and rewarding. The Gerontology Institute at GSU is where I started my gerontology career."
Dr. Casado also received a three-year Council of Social Work Education Minority Research Fellowship funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Her research interests are centered around informal caregiving, formal care for community dwelling older adults with disabilities and their family care givers. She plans to continue her research in these two areas and is currently developing a research plan to investigate the factors affecting informal caregiving and utilization of home and community-based services for older adults in immigrant populations.