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Noelle Fields is an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work.  Her primary research interests are in aging, with a particular focus on family caregiving and dementia as well as home and community-based services for older adults.  Dr. Fields is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and has practice experience working with both families and elders in a variety of settings.  Dr. Fields has co-authored several publications related to assisted living, adult day services, aging well, and dementia caregiving.  She has also presented at numerous national conferences on her research in gerontology and social work.  

The Ohio State University
PhD
Social Work
Baylor University
MSW
Social Work
University of Richmond
BA
Sociology
September 2013
Ongoing
Membership
The Council on Social Work Education
September 2013
Ongoing
Membership
The Gerontological Society of America
September 2013
Ongoing
Membership
National Association of Social Work (NASW)
September 2013
Ongoing
Membership
National Association of Social Workers/Texas Chapter
September 2013
Ongoing
Membership
Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work
September 2013
Ongoing
Membership
Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)
July 2013
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Texas

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).

June 2007
Licensed Independent Social Worker in the State of Ohio

Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW).

Aging, gerontological social work, family caregiving, dementia, home and community-based services

Aging, gerontological social work, family caregiving, dementia, home and community-based services

Anderson, K.A., & Fields, N.L. (in press). Relationships between resilience and well-being in family caregivers to Holocaust survivors.  Zeszyty Pracy Socjalnej (Studies in Social Work – Aging: Theory and Practice, Poland).
Book Chapter
In-press
Adorno, G., Fields, N.L., Parekh, R., Magruder, K., Cronley, C., & Felderhoff, B. (revise and resubmit). Ageing in a Low-Density Urban City: Transportation Mobility as a Social Equity Issue. Ageing and Society.
Journal Article
Revised and Resubmitted
Richardson, V.E., Fields, N.L., Won, S., Bradley, E., Gibson, A., Rivera, G., & Tarrant, S. (in progress). Minority dementia caregivers: Exploring similarities and differences using an intersectionality framework. Dementia.
Journal Article
In-progress
Parekh, R., Adorno, G., Fields, N.L., & Magruder, K. (in progress). Civic Engagement & Older Adults: Age-Friendly Neighborhoods in Urban Communities. Journal of Community Practice.
Journal Article
In-progress
Anderson, K.A., Dabelko-Schoeny, H., & Fields, N.L. (under contract with the publisher). Home and Community-Based Services for Older Adults: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Care. New York, NY: Columbia University Press.
Book
In-progress
Fields, N.L., & Dabelko-Schoeny, H. (in press). “Aging in Place.” In Susan Krauss Whitbourne (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging.  Hoboken, NJ:  John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Encyclopedia Entry
In-press
2016
Fields, N.L. (2016, accepted). Exploring the personal and environmental factors related to length of stay in assisted living. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1080/01634372.2016.1181129
Journal Article
Published
2016
Fields, N.L., Adorno, G., Magruder, K., Parekh, R., & Felderhoff, B. (2016). Age friendly cities: The role of churches. Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1080/15528030.2016.1155526
Journal Article
Published
2016
Fields, N.L. (2016). Frail elderly syndrome.  In B.J. Ackley, G.B. Ladwig, & M.B. Makic (Eds.), Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: An evidence-based guide to planning care.  (11th edition, p. 401-403). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Encyclopedia Entry
Published
2016
Fields, N.L. (2016). Risk for frail elderly syndrome.  In B.J. Ackley, G.B. Ladwig, & M.B. Makic (Eds.), Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: An evidence-based guide to planning care.  (11th edition, p. 403). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Encyclopedia Entry
Published
2015
Anderson, K.A., Dabelko-Schoeny, H.I., Fields, N.L., & Carter, J.R. (2015). Beyond respite: The role of adult day services in supporting dementia caregivers. Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 34(2), 101-112.
Journal Article
Published
2015
Adorno, G., Fields, N, Parekh, R, & Magruder, K. (2015, January). Aging Well Texas, City of Arlington, Qualitative Assessment Summary Report. Arlington, TX: Authors.
Technical Report
Published
2014
Fields, N.L., Anderson, K.A., & Dabelko-Schoeny, H. (2014). The effectiveness of adult day services for older adults: A review of the literature from 2000 to 2011. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 33(2), 130-163.
Journal Article
Published
2014
Anderson, K.A., & Fields, N.L. (2014). The Adverse Reactions to Care Scale: Identifying and measuring triggers during transitions in care. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 40(2), 21-25.
Journal Article
Published
2013
Anderson, K.A., Fields, N.L., & Dobb, L.A. (2013). Caregiving and Early Life Trauma: Exploring the Experiences of Family Caregivers to Aging Holocaust Survivors. Family Relations, 62(2), 366-377.
Journal Article
Published
2013
Koenig, T.L., Lee, J.H., Macmillan, K.R., Fields, N.L., & Spano, R. (2013). Older adult and family member perspectives of the decision-making process involved in moving to assisted living. Qualitative Social Work. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1177/1473325013475468
Journal Article
Published
2013
Anderson, K.A., Richardson, V.E., Fields, N.L., Harootyan, R.A. (2013). Inclusion or exclusion? Exploring barriers to employment for low-income older adults, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 56(4), 318-334.
Journal Article
Published
2013
Richardson, V.E., Bennett, K.M., Carr, D., Gallagher, S., Kim, J., & Fields, N.L. (2013). How does bereavement get under the skin? The Effects of late life spousal loss on cortisol levels. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbt116
Journal Article
Published
2012
Fields, N.L.,Koenig, T.L., & Dabelko-Schoeny, H. (2012). Resident transitions to assisted living: A role for social workers. Health and Social Work, 37(3), 147-154.
Journal Article
Published
2011
Fields, N.L, Anderson, K.A., Dabelko-Schoeny, H. (2011). Ready or Not: Transitioning from institutional to community care. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 25(1), 3-17.
Journal Article
Published
2011
Koenig, T.L., Lee, J.H., Fields, N.L., Macmillan, K.R. (2011). The role of the gerontological social worker in assisted living. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54(5), 494-510.
Journal Article
Published
2011
Anderson, K.A., Fields, N.L., & Dobb, L.A. (2011). Understanding and screening for past trauma in nursing home residents. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54(8), 755-767.
Journal Article
Published
2011
Gaugler, J. E., Dabelko-Schoeny, H., Fields, N.L., & Anderson, K.A. (2011). Selecting adult day services. In M. Craft-Rosenberg et al. (Eds). Encyclopedia of Family Health (pp. 930-932). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
Encyclopedia Entry
Published
2011
Anderson, K.A., Richardson, V.E., & Fields, N.L. (2011). Employment opportunities and challenges for lower-income older adults. Silver Spring, MD: Senior Service America, Incorporated (SSAI).
Technical Report
Published
2010
Fields, N.L., & Dabelko-Schoeny, H. (2010). Factors Related to a Successful Transition in the Ohio Medicaid Assisted Living Waiver Program: A provider’s perspective.  The Ohio Department of Aging. 
Technical Report
Published
Fields, N.L. (2016). Risk for frail elderly syndrome.  In B.J. Ackley, G.B. Ladwig, & M.B. Makic (Eds.), Nursing Diagnosis Handbook: An evidence-based guide to planning care.  (11th edition, p. 403). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
Encyclopedia Entry
Published
November 2015
Civic engagement in diverse communities: Age-friendly for whom?

Paper presented at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), Orlando, FL, (National).

Reviewed
November 2015
Knowledge of Dementia and Senior Companions: A Pilot Psychoeducational Training Program

Poster presented at the Gerontological Society of America conference.

Reviewed
November 2015
Aging in urban communities: Transportation as a social justice issue

Poster presented at the Gerontological Society of America conference.

Reviewed
November 2015
Aging well” and "age friendly" communities: The role of faith based organizations

Poster presented at the Gerontological Society of America conference.

Reviewed
November 2014
I Wish I Could Do More: The Experience of Dementia Caregivers from Latino Backgrounds

Poster presentation at the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), Washington DC, (National).

Reviewed
November 2014
Exploring the relationships between resilience, burden and well-being in family caregivers to Holocaust survivors

Paper presented at the Gerontological Society of America Conference.

Reviewed
November 2013
Fields, N.L. (2013, November). Aging in Place in Assisted Living: An examination of the personal and environmental factors related to length of stay.

Paper presented at the 66th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orelans, LA.

Other
November 2013
Fields, N.L. Won, S., Bradley, E. Rivera, G., Gibson, A., Tarrant, S., & Richardson, V.E. (2013, November). Cultural Variability Among Dementia Caregivers: A qualitative ethnocultural inquiry.

Paper presented at the 66th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orelans, LA.

Other
October 2013
Fields, N.L., & Dougherty, C.V. (2013, October). Advancing Doctoral Social Work Education: An application of the social-ecological model.

Poster presented at the 59th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Dallas, TX.

Other
November 2012

Fields, N.L. (2012, November). An Examination of Resident Transitions to Assisted Living Using the Theory of Selective Optimization with Compensation.  Paper to be presented at the 65th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Diego, CA.

Volunteered
September 2012

Fields, N.L., Anderson, K.A., & Dabelko-Schoeny. (2012, September). The Effectiveness of ADS: Current Knowledge and Research.  Paper presented at the 2012 National Adult Day Services Conference, Pittsburg, PA.

Volunteered
November 2011

Anderson, K.A., & Fields, N.L. (2011, November). Trauma and Aging: Exploring the Experiences of Family Caregivers of Holocaust Survivors. Poster session presented at the 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA.

Volunteered
October 2011

Fields, N.L., & Dabelko-Schoeny, H. (2011, October). Transformative Learning: A Framework for Spiritually Sensitive Social Work Education. Poster session presented at the 57th Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education, Atlanta, GA.

Volunteered
April 2011

Anderson, K.A., Fields, N.L.,& Dobb, L. (2011, April). Understanding and Identifying Past Trauma in Newly Admitted Nursing Home Residents. Paper presented at the 35th OAGE Annual Ohio Professional and Student Conference on Aging, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Volunteered
November 2010

Fields, N.L., & Dabelko-Schoeny, H. (2010, November). Transitions to Assisted Living: The Role of Social Workers.Poster session presented at the 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA.

Volunteered
March 2010

Fields, N.L., Anderson, K.A., & Dabelko-Schoeny, H. (2010, March). Ready or Not: Transitioning from institutional to community care. Paper presented at the 34th  OAGE Annual Ohio Professional and Student Conference on Aging, Kent State University, Kent, OH. 

Volunteered
March 2010

Fields, N.L., & Richardson, V.E. (2010, March). The Application of the Theory of Selection Optimization with Compensation to Assisted Living. Paper presented at the 34th  OAGE Annual Ohio Professional and Student Conference on Aging, Kent State University, Kent, OH.

Volunteered
November 2009

Balaswamy, S., & Fields, N.L. (2009, November). Exploring Organizational Factors Associated with Reporting of Elder Maltreatment Incidences to the Adult Protective Service (APS) System. Poster session presented at the 62nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta, GA.

Volunteered
Exploring the relationships between resilience, burden and well-being in family caregivers to Holocaust survivors

Paper presented at the Gerontological Society of America Conference.

Reviewed
June 2015 -
Ongoing
A Psychoeducational Intervention for Foster Grandparents
$80,000
May 2015 -
Ongoing
Exploring Healthy Aging among Older Chinese Immigrants and Their Family Caregivers in Dallas, Texas
$20,000
July 2014 -
December 2015
The Senior Companion Program Plus for Dementia Caregivers
$80,000
January 2014 -
August 2015
Aging Well in Arlington
$9,770
July 2012 -
July 2013
Coca-Cola Critical Difference for Women Grant
$3,316
August 2011 -
July 2013
John A. Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program
$70,000
November 2010 -
November 2010
Association for Gerontology in Social Work Pre-dissertation Initiative
$800
November 2009 -
November 2009
Critical Difference for Women Professional Development Grant
$625
March - 2016
Co-Chair, Dissertation committee

Co-Chair, Doctoral Dissertation Committee Member

Jacqueline Burse

University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work

Anticipated May 2017

Co-chair of Dissertation Committee
January - 2016
Doctoral Dissertation Committee Member

Doctoral Dissertation Committee Member

Rupal Parekh

University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work

Anticipated May 2017

Member of Dissertation Committee
January - 2016
Doctoral Dissertation Committee

Doctoral Dissertation Committee Member

Brandi Felderhoff

University of Texas at Arlington

Anticipated May 2017

Member of Dissertation Committee
January - 2016
Member of dissertation committee

Doctoral Dissertation Committee Member

Pamela Fox

University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work

Anticipated May 2017

Member of Dissertation Committee
November - 2015
Masters thesis committee member

Master’s Thesis Committee Member

Alletia Smith

University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work

Anticipated May 2016

Member of Thesis Committee
June - 2015
National Science Foundation Grant Training

Dr. Fields attended an intensive, one-day focused workshop addressing the essential National Science Foundation research resources, as well as the conversion of ideas into fundable research. Training covered the overall strategic plan for writing grants, including: intellectual merit, broader impacts, goal or hypothesis, objectives, approach, key personnel, and budgets. 

Workshop attended
June - 2015
National Institutes of Health Grant training

Dr. Fields attented an intensive, one-day focused workshop addresses essential NIH research resources, as well as the conversion of ideas into fundable research. The training covered the overall strategic plan for writing proposals, including: statement of significance, hypothesis, specific aims, approach, key personnel, and budgets. 

Workshop attended
August - 2014
Doctoral Dissertation Committee Member

Doctoral Dissertation Committee Member

Cara Wallace

University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work

Graduated May 2015

Member of Dissertation Committee
May - 2014
Masters thesis committee member

Master’s Thesis Committee Member

Emily Clark-Nimz

University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work

Graduate August 2014

Member of Thesis Committee
December - 2013
Atlas.ti Qualitative Software Training

Dr. Fields attended an intensive, two day training on the qualitative software, Atlas.ti. 

Workshop attended
Ongoing
Doctoral dissertation commitee member
Doctoral
Ongoing
Doctoral dissertation committee member
Doctoral
Ongoing
Doctoral dissertation committee member
Doctoral
Ongoing
Co-chair, doctoral dissertation committee
Doctoral
Ongoing
John c Bricout
Ongoing
Courtney m Cronley
Ongoing
Dr. Stephen p Mattingly
Ongoing
Ling Xu
Ongoing
Gail Adorno
Spring 2016
SOCW 6392 - SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIAL WELFARE
This course will give students an overview of the individual and social impact of family caregiving and aging within a bio-psycho-social context and the role(s) of social workers in helping individuals, families, and communities face the contemporary challenges of caregiving. Course content will be underscored by a strengths-based framework and will include the effects of culture on family caregiving, families’ process of providing care to persons with chronic and/or complex illness across levels of care (e.g. hospital/rehabilitation/hospice), working with family caregivers within long-term care settings (e.g. nursing homes), dementia caregiving, end of life care as well as evidence-based assessment and intervention with family caregivers. Social services and policy that social workers need to know in order to practice effectively with older adults and their family caregivers are discussed. Innovative approaches for addressing challenges in family caregiving (e.g. technology) are also explored. Particular attention is given to issues of family caregiving faced by diverse, marginalized, and oppressed populations.
Last Updated on January 22, 2016, 4:19 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2015
SOCW 6392 - SELECTED TOPICS IN SOCIAL WELFARE
This course will give students an overview of the individual and social impact of family caregiving and aging within a bio-psycho-social context and the role(s) of social workers in helping individuals, families, and communities face the contemporary challenges of caregiving. Course content will be underscored by a strengths-based framework and will include the effects of culture on family caregiving, families’ process of providing care to persons with chronic and/or complex illness across levels of care (e.g. hospital/rehabilitation/hospice), working with family caregivers within long-term care settings (e.g. nursing homes), dementia caregiving, end of life care as well as evidence-based assessment and intervention with family caregivers. Social services and policy that social workers need to know in order to practice effectively with older adults and their family caregivers are discussed. Innovative approaches for addressing challenges in family caregiving (e.g. technology) are also explored. Particular attention is given to issues of family caregiving faced by diverse, marginalized, and oppressed populations.
Last Updated on August 25, 2015, 3:13 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2015
SOCW 3302 - HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT II
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Tuesday12:30PM2:00PM
Thursday12:30PM2:00PM
One of three required human behavior courses that explores, within the context of a strengths and empowerment perspective, knowledge of the bio-psycho-social development of persons and families from birth through death.
Last Updated on January 21, 2015, 4:07 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2014
SOCW 6318 - Direct Practice With Aging
Office Hours (also by appointment)
DayStartEnd
Wednesday12:30PM3:30PM
Course presents an overview of current issues in the care, treatment, and delivery of social services to the aging. Students learn practice procedures designed to equip them with the skills needed for effective social work practice and review major theories on aging.
Last Updated on August 20, 2014, 10:05 pm
No Documents Attached
Spring 2014
SOCW 3302 - Socw 3302-001
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Monday3:00PM5:00PM
Wednesday3:00PM5:00PM
One of three required human behavior courses that explores, within the context of a strengths and empowerment perspective, knowledge of the bio-psycho-social development of persons and families from birth through death.
Last Updated on January 13, 2014, 3:02 pm
No Documents Attached
Fall 2013
SOCW 3302 - Socw 3302-001
Office Hours
DayStartEnd
Monday3:00PM5:00PM
Wednesday3:00PM5:00PM
One of three required human behavior courses that explores, within the context of a strengths and empowerment perspective, knowledge of the bio-psycho-social development of persons and families from birth through death.
Last Updated on August 20, 2013, 12:55 pm
No Documents Attached
August 2015
Ongoing
Advisory Board Member

Advisory Board Member, The Senior Source, Inc., Dallas, Texas

Other
March 2016
Ongoing
Guest reviewer

Guest reviewer for the Journal of Gerontological Social Work
 

Other
August 2015
Ongoing
Guest reviewer

Guest reviewer for the Journal of Applied Gerontology

Other
March 2015
Ongoing
Guest reviewer

Guest reviewer for the Journal of Family Medicine and Community Health

Other
January 2015
Ongoing
Guest reviewer

Guest reviewer for The American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias

Other
January 2015
Ongoing
Association for Gerontology and Education in Social Work (AGESW)

Member of the awards committee.

Appointed
May 2014
Ongoing
Abstract reviewer

Reviewed abstracts for the Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America

Volunteered
January 2013
Ongoing
Guest reviewer

Guest reviewer for the Journal of Health and Aging

Other
February 2016 -
February 2016
Annual Celebration of Excellence of Students (ACES) Conference abstract reviewer

Read, reviewed, and scored student abstract for the ACES conference.

Volunteered
August 2014 -
July 2015
School of Social Work AY 2014-2015

Aging content committee member.

Health content committee member.

Executive committee member.

Elected
September 2015 -
Ongoing
Gerontology Student Organization (GO)

Co-chair of the Gerontology Student Organization (GO) in the School of Social Work

Volunteered
August 2015 -
Ongoing
School of Social Work AY 2015-2016

Executive committee member

Aging content committee member

Field content committee member

Elected
May 2014 -
Ongoing
IN Reach mentor

IN Reach encourages academic excellence, enhances self-awareness, and promotes the personal growth of participating students by providing caring guidance from qualified faculty and staff, tools and opportunities to develop academically, and awareness of the university’s student support services and resources. 

Volunteered