Gina M. McCaskill, PhD, MSW, MPA

Fellow in Advanced Geriatrics, Birmingham/Atlanta GRECC

Hartford/VA Social Work Scholar, Birmingham VAMC

Gina M. McCaskill, PhD, is a researcher in the field of Aging. She completed her doctoral education in Social Work at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and minor coursework in Gerontology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She earned a Master of Social Work from Radford University, Radford, Virginia, and a Master of Public Administration in Health Policy from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University, New York, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Currently, Dr. McCaskill is a VA Fellow in Advanced Geriatrics at the Birmingham/Atlanta Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC) and a John A. Hartford VA Geriatric Social Work Scholar at the Birmingham VA Medical Center in Alabama. She has a voluntary faculty appointment as an adjunct instructor in the School of Medicine at UAB, Department of Medicine, Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, and an affiliation with the Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging at UAB. She is also a Deep South Resource Centers for Minority Aging Research Scholar enrolled in the Health Disparities Research Training Program, which is sponsored by the National Institute on Aging. Dr. McCaskill has taught social work and has practice experience in geriatric mental health. In order to promote quality of life among older adults with chronic health conditions, she is interested in developing policies that will promote physical activity among community-dwelling older adults. Dr. McCaskill is currently conducting a qualitative study about the facilitators and barriers to physical activity among older veterans. As part of her GRECC clinical responsibilities, she practices geriatric social work one day a week in the Geriatric Assessment Clinic at the Birmingham VA Medical Center in Alabama.