Staff Information


Professor and Coordinator for Teaching: Child and Society





Heather Shanks-McElroy, Ph.D., M.S.W., B.Ed.

Professor and Coordinator for Teaching: Child and Society

Department or Division: Division of Education

Office Location: Ward Hall - Room 212

Email: heather.mcelroy@keystone.edu

Phone Number: (570) 945-8475

What makes Keystone special to me?
"I like having the opportunity to get to know my students in a small class format."


Education:

Ph.D. in Human Development - Social Work Specialization 1999 - Marywood University, Scranton, PA

M.S.W. 1992 - Marywood College, Scranton, PA

Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.)1986 - Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario Canada

Bachelor of Arts (Honors) 1984 - Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario Canada

Courses Teaching:

EDUC 315 Developmental Assessment
HSER 210 The Helping Relationship
HSER 212 Human Services Systems
HSER 423 Field
IDS 101
PSYC 200 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 201 Child Psychology
PSYC 202 Adolescence and Adulthood
PSYC 311 Research Methods for the Social and Behavioral Sciences PSYC 401 Organizational Behavior PSYC 402 Supervision and Leadership

Research:

1/03 - 1/04
Adult Day Services: Evaluating Availability And Need In Pennsylvania's 50 Rural Counties Center for Rural Pennsylvania
* funded by the Pennsylvania State Assembly Harrisburg, PA

5/99 - 11/99
Barriers to Elder Care Service
Utilization in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
* funded by Moses Taylor Hospital and Marywood University Scranton, Pennsylvania

Publications:

Baird, M., Dixon-Medora, P., Gay, W., Hamilton, P., McGeer, C., Miller, S., & Shanks, H. A.  (1988). Where to Begin: Living with Alzheimer Disease.  [Brochure].  Kingston, Ontario: Alzheimer Society of Kingston.

Shanks, H.A.  (1992). Factors related to well-being of caregiver of the cognitively impaired elderly.  Unpublished master's thesis, Marywood University, Scranton, PA.

Shanks, H.A. (1989).  Long distance caregiving.  [Brochure].  Kingston, Ontario: Alzheimer Society of Kingston.

Shanks, H.A.  (1987). Learning about Alzheimer Disease:  A curriculum for health care providers.  Kingston, Ontario: Alzheimer Society of Kingston and the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social.

Shanks-McElroy, H.A. (2002, May).  Research in Review.  Paper presented at the Linking for Quality Training and Licensing Conference, Pennsylvania Department of Public Works, Hershey, PA.

Shanks-McElroy, H.A.  (2001, Oct).  Ethical issues in working with chronically ill clients.  Paper presented at the Annual Conference on Chronic Illness, Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America, LaPlume, PA. 

Shanks-McElroy, H.A.  (2001, May).  Let's Talk:  Maximizing Parent/Staff Communication.  Paper presented at the Annual Early Childhood Conference, Keystone College, La Plume, PA.

Shanks-McElroy, H.A.  (2000, May).  Caregiver research: So what does it all really mean?  Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Sigma Phi Omega National Gerontology Academic Honor and Professional Society, Marywood University Chapter, Scranton, PA.

Shanks-McElroy, H.A.  (2000, April).  Advocating for the rights of the chronically ill.  Paper presented at the Conference of the Lupus Foundation of America Northeastern Pennsylvania Chapter, La Plume, PA

Shanks-McElroy, H.A.  (2000, March).  The relationship between biopsychosocial factors and health status of caregivers of a spouse or life partner with Alzheimer's disease.  Paper presented at the Continuing Education Conference of the Pennsylvania National Association of Social Workers, Split Rock, PA.

Shanks-McElroy, H.A.  (1999). The relationship between biopsychosocial factors and health status of caregivers of a spouse or life partner with Alzheimer's disease.  (Doctoral dissertation, Marywood University, Scranton, PA, 1999.

Shanks-McElroy, H.A.  (1999). The relationship between biopsychosocial factors and health status of caregivers of a spouse or life partner with Alzheimer's disease (abstract).  Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, 39, 136.

Shanks-McElroy, H.A. (1992).  Altered behavior flow sheet for dementia patients: A biopsychosocial program for behavioral observation and environmental adaptation.  Scranton, PA: Author.  Copyright licensure granted - United States Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Shanks-McElroy, H.A., & Lee, S.  (2000). Barriers to elder care service utilization: Consumer, caregiver, and provider perspectives (abstract).  Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, 40, 525.

Shanks-McElroy, H.A., & Robinson-Burns, P.  (2001, May).  Managing the Challenges of Diverse Staff in a Child Care Setting.  Paper presented at the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Annual Licensing Personnel Conference, Hershey, PA.

Shanks-McElroy, H.A., & Strobino, J.  (2001). Male caregivers of spouses with Alzheimer's disease: Risk factors and health status.  American Journal of Alzheimer's Care, May-June.

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