School of Social Work
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA 02115
Office: Room: P-414G
B.A.: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
M.G.S.: Miami University, Oxford, OH
Ph.D.: University of California, Los Angeles
SW 401: Social Policy & Services
SW 670: Integrating Public Policy Issues & Outcomes in Social Work Research
As a scholar, I believe that integrating research, teaching, and practice is central to building and translating knowledge into change: be it practice, policy, or in wider social and civic environments. My research focuses on integrating issues of disability and aging, specifically focusing on persons aging with disability and understanding how service systems and public policies address their needs and concerns. As an instructor, I emphasize skill development and critical thinking with the aim of helping students prepare to actively engage with their communities and make meaningful contributions as professional social workers. In the field, I am always a scholar-practitioner learning from and working with stakeholders who know best how policy is lived.
Putnam, M. (2010, April). Understanding aging with disability: Implications for scholarship & practice. Invited presentation, Columbia University's Seminar Series on Aging & Health and Seminar, Series on Disability. New York, NY.
Putnam, M., Ionue, M., Morrow-Howell, N., & Greenfield, J. (2010, March). Advancing conceptual approaches to the study of activities and aging. Working paper presented at Boston University, School of Social Work's Work Paper Colloquium Series.
Lombe, M., Huang, J., Putnam, M. & Cooney, K. (2010, January). Exploring Saving Performance in an IDA Program: Findings for People with Disabilities. Presented at the Society for Social Work Research meetings, San Francisco, CA.
Putnam, M. & Tang, F. (November, 2009). Aging with multiple sclerosis, household finances, and consideration of long term care service use. Gerontology Society of America meetings, Atlanta, GA.
Inoue, M., Greenfield, J., Putnam, M., & Morrow-Howell, N. (November, 2009). Content Analysis Applied to Public Use Aging Survey Instruments to Assess Activity Measures. Gerontology Society of America meetings, Atlanta, GA.
Campbell, M., & Putnam, M. (November, 2009). Bridging the Aging and Disability Nexus: Demographic, Conceptual and Policy Perspectives. Gerontology Society of America meetings, Atlanta, GA.
Putnam, M., Pickard, J., Rodriguez, C. & Shear, E. (2010). Stakeholder perspectives on policies to support caregivers of older adults with dementia. Journal of Family Social Work, 13, 173-190.Top