BiographyMarla Berg-Weger, Ph.D., LCSW, Professor, Saint Louis University School of Social Work; Executive Director, Gateway Geriatric Education Center (GEC); and Gerontological Society of America Fellow. Dr. Berg-Weger holds social work degrees from Kansas State University and the University of Kansas and completed her doctoral degree in 1993 at the George Warren Brown School of Work, staying at the Office of Field Education until 1995. She joined the faculty at Saint Louis University in 1995 and has served as the Director of Field Education, School of Social Work; Senior Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; and Interim Dean, College of Public Service and School for Professional Studies. The GEC is a federally funded Center that provides geriatric education and training to students, faculty, professionals, and the community across Missouri. Her scholarship has included family caregiving, older adult mobility, and non-pharmacologic interventions for persons with dementia. She has authored 4 books and 95+ chapters and journal articles. She is a Past President and Secretary of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work, has served as Co-Coordinator of the Pre-Dissertation Fellows Initiative since its inception in 2006, and Editorial Board Executive Committee Chair and Managing Editor, Journal of Gerontological Social Work. She is recent past Chair of the Gerontological Society of America Social Research and Policy Practice Section and current member of the Board of Directors of the National Association for Geriatric Education.
Published: Dec 04, 2019 by Journal of Gerontological Social Work.
Authors: Schroepfer, T., Berg-Weger, M., & Morano, C.
In order to address the shortage of gerontological social workers, one approach has been adopted that seeks to increase the number of gerontological social work faculty, who can then encourage Bachelor and Master of Social Work students to consider working with older adults, and prepare them with the knowledge and skills necessary for doing so. In this commentary, we describe a program that adopts this approach and the measures used to determine its success.
Making a difference: A quasi-experimental study of cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) for persons with dementia with and without yoga.
Published: Apr 04, 2017 by Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Authors: Stewart, D.B., Berg-Weger, M., Tebb, S.S., Sakamoto, M., Roselle, K., Downing, L., Lundy, J. & Hayden, D.
To expand upon and fill the gaps within existing research, the authors developed a descriptive study to assess the impact of CST on cognition, quality of life, and depression. There was a statistically significant difference in Saint Louis University Mental Status Exam scores after CST. There was also a statistically significant difference in Cornell Scale for Depression in Dementia scores. There was no statistically significant difference in Quality of Life scores.