Nancy Kusmaul, Ph.D, MSW is an Assistant Professor in the Baccalaureate Social Work program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She received her PhD from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, and her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Dr. Kusmaul worked as a social worker in nursing homes and hospitals for more than a decade.
Her research promotes social justice for the oldest and frailest of older adults and professional caregivers by focusing on organizational culture, trauma informed care, and the impact of trauma experiences on workers and care recipients. She is particularly interested in the experience of direct care workers in organizations, such as Certified Nursing Assistants in nursing homes and home health care workers employed by agencies. She is a member of the Baltimore County Elder Abuse Coalition and the National Association of Social Workers.
Her previous policy experience has included advocating for policy changes for nursing home residents at the state and federal level through prepared comments and participating in the Change AGEnts Policy Institute in 2015. She has done several podcasts with the InSocialWork podcast series at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work and the SW Conversations Podcast at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work. She is active on Twitter at @nancy_kusmaul, where she promotes all things at the intersection of research, policy, and practice for older adults and their caregivers.