Dr. Allison Gibson

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Dr. Allison Gibson, Assistant Professor, University of Kentucky College of Social Work

Assistant Professor

Allison K. Gibson, PHD, MSW, LISW-CP

659 Patterson Office Tower Lexington KY 40506

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Dr. Allison Gibson is an Assistant Professor in the University of Kentucky’s College of Social Work. She received her BSW, MSW, and PhD from the Ohio State University’s College of Social Work. Dr. Gibson’s clinical and research focus is in supporting older persons in times of crises and transitions through intervention, health promotion, and health outcomes research. Her primary research focus is on biopsychosocial interventions to support persons newly diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment. Her secondary research interests are on supporting older adults during/following natural disasters. She is passionate about geriatric social work education and is a long time member of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW). Dr. Gibson is currently the co-convener of the Gerontological Society of America’s special interest group on Disasters and Older Adults. Previously she was an Albert Schweitzer Fellow (2012) and AmeriCorps member (2009). She is licensed as an independent clinical social worker in Ohio and South Carolina.

Areas of Expertise

Alzheimer’s Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment

Aging and vulnerable populations 

Crisis and transition interventions 

Disasters and older adults

Family caregiving 

Areas of Interest for Mentoring Students

Cognitive impairment 

Aging and family caregiving

Crisis intervention 

Death/dying, end of life issues, and grief 

Expressive arts and clinical social work practice

Program evaluation