Teri Kennedy, PhD, MSW, LCSW, ACSW

Director, Office of Gerontological & Interprofessional Initiatives, School of Social Work, Arizona State University

Teri is Director, Office of Gerontological & Interprofessional Initiatives for Arizona State University’s School of Social Work Downtown Phoenix Campus and Tucson Component and has 17 years of direct practice and administrative experience serving elders and their families through the provision of health, behavioral health, and social services in home, communitybased, in-patient, and skilled nursing facility settings. She serves as Vice President for the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) and President-Elect of the Arizona Geriatrics Society. She received the 2011 Mit Joyner Gerontology Leadership Award through the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) and AGESW. She participates in a variety of interprofessional education and practice initiatives between health professions schools in Arizona including serving as Coach Team Coordinator with the Macy Project; Research Associate, University of Arizona Center on Aging; and ASU Site Director, Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program. She is part of an international Age Friendly University collaboration between ASU, Dublin City University, Ireland and the University of Strathclyde, Scotland and serves as Faculty Associate with the Graduate Program in Gerontology, College of Medicine, U of A; Faculty and Visiting Scholar, the Center for Healthy Outcomes in Aging, College of Nursing & Health Innovation, ASU; and Research Affiliate with the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Consortium, ASU. Teri was selected to participate in the 2015-2016 Health and Aging Policy Fellows, 2015 Hartford Change AGEnts Policy Institute, inaugural Hartford Change AGEnts Conference, Institute for Aging and Social Work, Master’s Advanced Curriculum (MAC) Project, Curriculum Development Institute, and Faculty Development Institute. She has served as Principal or Co-Principal Investigator for various gerontological and interprofessional curriculum infusion and professional training grants in geriatrics and child welfare. Her research interests include healthy aging, the cultural construction of happiness, and sustainability of gerontological and interprofessional education and practice initiatives. She is also a singer/songwriter with original CDs of Celtic traditional, contemporary, and original music.