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Associate Professor & PhD Program Director
605 Patterson Office Tower

Areas of Expertise

  • Qualitative research methods
  • Family caregiving across the lifespan
  • Unhoused older adults

Highlighted Publications

  • Pope, N.D. & Ruppel, M. (In Press). Oral history methods in social work: A scoping review. Journal of Evidence Based Social Work.
  • Pope, N.D., & *Latimer, A. (In Press). To my doctors: A found poem. Journal of Palliative Medicine.
  • Smalls, B.L., Gibson, A., Lacy, M.E., Pope, C.N., Pope, N.D., Rhodus, E.K., Schoenberg, N., & Taylor, W.G. (2023). Improving health and well-being in aging rural America through the social determinants framework. Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 78(7), 1185-1191. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbad032
  • Barnhart, S., Benner, K., *Latimer, A., & Pope, N.D. (2023). Considerations in preparing social work students to thrive in health care settings. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 43(1).
  • Pope, N.D., Gibson, A., *Engelhardt, E.C., *Ratliff, S.H., Lewinson, T., & Loeffler, D.N. (2023). Conversations about community, connection to place, and housing preferences among aging adults in Lexington, Kentucky. [Special Issue: Understanding Contemporary Issues in Seniors’ Housing] Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 66(1), 64-82.
  • Gibson, A., Pope, N.D., Loeffler, D.N., *Ratliff, S.H., & *Engelhardt, E.C. (2023). Identifying aging adults’ housing preferences: An Age-Friendly Community initiative. [Special Issue: Understanding Contemporary Issues in Seniors’ Housing] Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 66(1), 43-63.
  • Pope, N.D., Gibson, A., Benner, K., & *Littrell, L. (2023). Navigating trauma tourism in social work study abroad. Journal of Social Work Education, 59(2), 453-465.
  • Pope, N.D. & Radtke, L. (Eds). (2022). Editorial: Older women caring for others and needing care [Special Issue – Caregiving]. Journal of Women & Aging, 34(6), 687-691.

Current Projects

  • Addressing Serious Illness Communication among Unhoused Older Adults
  • Exploring Moral Distress and Moral Courage among Social Workers
  • Understanding the Response of Nonprofits to 2022 Floods in Eastern Kentucky

Alma Mater

  • University of Georgia – Bachelor of Arts, Master of Social Work, PhD in Social Work

Get to Know Dr. Pope

Dr. Pope is drawn to understanding people’s lived experiences and the meaning people attribute to these experiences. Her passion for qualitative inquiry informs her scholarship and teaching in ways that include teaching/ mentoring students in qualitative methods and collaborating with colleagues on qualitative and mixed methods projects. Dr. Pope’s scholarship focuses on family caregiving across the lifespan, behavioral health of older adults, and planning for future care in aging families.