Margaret Adamek, MSW, Ph.D.

Director of Ph.D. Program/ Professor

ES 4138H
902 West New York Street
(317) 274-6730
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Curriculum Vitae


National Research Mentoring Network, NIH-sponsored mentoring 2018
program for faculty mentors

HERS Institute, Leadership Training for Women in Higher Education 2018

NIA Postdoctoral Fellowship, Applied Issues in Aging Research 1990
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

PhD, Social Welfare 1989
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Dissertation: Perceived Helpfulness of Cash Assistance as a Means
of Supporting Informal Caregivers

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology 1986
Case Western Reserve University
Center on Aging & Health, Cleveland, OH

MSW, Social Work, Magna Cum Laude 1983
Washington University, St. Louis, MO

B.S., Social Work, Summa Cum Laude 1982
University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

Area of Interest

Dr. Adamek is the Director of the Ph.D. Program in Social Work at Indiana University in Indianapolis. As a member of the first cohort of Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars, Dr. Adamek conducted a study focusing on depression among long-term care residents. Her research interests center around aging in Sub Saharan Africa. Dr. Adamek earned her BS in Social Work in 1982 from the University of Dayton, her MSW from Washington University in 1983, and her PhD from Case Western Reserve University in 1989. She completed a one year postdoc at the University of Michigan focused on applied issues in aging research.  

Teaching Interest

Scholarly writing, doctoral seminar

Practice Experience

Medical Social Worker

Publications / Presentations

Chane, S. & Adamek, M. (2021). Profiles of Ethiopian centenarians: A qualitative inquiry. Anthropology & Aging, 42(2), 126-136.

Gebeyaw, G., Kotecho, M.G., & Adamek, M. (2021). “Homelessness and health problems are not distinct:” The challenges of rural-urban migrant homeless older people in Ethiopia. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology.

Dawud, M., Kotecho, M., & Adamek, M. (2021).“It’s all about giving priority to elders:” Challenges of formal caregivers in two old age homes Ethiopia. Ageing International.

Adamek, M.,Kotecho, M., Chane, S., & Getachew, G. (2021). Challenges and assets of elders in Sub-Saharan Africa: Perspectives of gerontology scholars .Journal of Aging & Social Policy.

Ashirifi, G., Karikari, G., &Adamek, M.(2021). Prioritizing the National Aging Policy in Ghana: Critical next steps .Journal of Aging & Social Policy.

Kotecho, M., Chane, S., Gebeyaw, G., Zelalem, A., Dawud, M., & Adamek, M. (in press). Life is hard and getting harder: The experience of aging in Ethiopia. In S. Helaine (Ed.). Aging Across Cultures. Springer.

Zelalem, A., Kotecho, M., & Adamek, M .(2021). “The ugly face of old age:” Elders’ unmet expectations for care and support in rural Ethiopia.International Journal of Aging & Human Development, 92(2), 215-239.

Yi, G., & Adamek, M .(2020). Alzheimer’s caregivers’ experience with and perceptions of the Affordable Care Act: Thematic analysis of online discussion forums.Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Adamek, M., Chane, S., & Kotecho, M. (2020). Family and kin care of elders in sub-Saharan Africa. In P. Maharaj & Z. Mokomane (Eds.).Health & Care in Old Age in Africa.London: Routledge.

Lessy, Z., Adamek, M.,& Khaja, K.(2020). Philanthropic zakat for the disadvantaged: Recipient perspectives from Indonesia.Asian Social Work & Policy Review, 14(3), 138-147.

Kidanie, S.A.,Adamek, M.,& Zena, S.B. (2019). The dimensions and determinants of social support among postpartum women in Bahir Dar City, Ethiopia.Ethiopian Journal of Health Development.10.21203/rs.2.16640/v1

Chane, S. & Adamek, M.(2019).Elder Abuse in Ethiopia: A Sign of the Times.Riga, Latvia:Lambert Academic Publishing.

Hong, M., Yi, E-H., Johnson, K. &Adamek. M.(2018). Facilitators and barriers for Advance Care Planning among ethnic minorities in the U.S.: A systematic review.Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

Hong, M., Hong, S.,Adamek, M., & Kim, M.H. (2018). Death attitudes among middle-aged Koreans: Role of end-of-life care planning and death experiences.International Journal of Aging & Human Development, 86(1), 51-68. doi:10.1177/0091415016689473

Asrese, K., &Adamek, M.(2017). Women’s social networks and use of facility delivery services for uncomplicated births in North West Ethiopia: A community-based case-control study.BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 17,441-449.

Kotecho, M. &Adamek, M.(2017). Gender differences in quality of life of urban elders in Ethiopia.Innovation in Aging,1,Issue suppl_1, 879–880.

Chen, H. &Adamek, M.(2017). Civic engagement of older adults in mainland China: Past, present, and future.International Journal of Aging & Human Development,85(2), 204-226.

Chane, S. &Adamek, M.(2017). Giving voice to at-risk elders in a developing nation: Collecting phenomenological narratives.SAGE Research Methods Case Studies.

Adamnesh, A. &Adamek, M.(2016). “No place like home:” Experiences of an Ethiopian migrant in the host country and as a returnee to the homeland.African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, 9(2), 290-301.10.1080/17528631.2015.1083175

Adamnesh, A. &Adamek, M. (2016). The return migration experiences of women trafficked to Bahrain: “For richer or poorer, let me be on the hands of my people.”African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal, 9(2), 243-256.10.1080/17528631.2015.1083176

Johnson, K., Hong, M., Inoue, M. &Adamek, M.(2016). Social work should be more proactive in addressing the need to plan for end-of-life.Health & Social Work, 41(4), 271-274.10.1093/hsw/hlw021

Adamek, M.(2015). Building scholarly writers: Student perspectives on peer review in a doctoral writing seminar.Journal of Teaching in Social Work. Special Issue on Doctoral Education, 35,(1/2), 213-225.10.1080/08841233.2014.995333

Chane, S. &Adamek, M.(2015). Factors contributing to elder abuse in Ethiopia.Journal of Adult Protection, 17(2),1-12.10.1108/JAP-07-2014-0026

Chane, S., &Adamek, M.(2015). “Death is better than misery:” Elders’ accounts of abuse and neglect in Ethiopia.International Journal of Aging & Human Development, 82,54-78.

Alemnesh, T., &Adamek, M.(2014). “We prefer greeting rather than eating:” Life in an elder care center in Ethiopia.Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 29(4), 389-404.10.1007/s10823-014-9244-7

Gezie, A., Khaja, K, Chang, V.,Adamek,M., & Johnsen, M. (2012). Rubrics as a tool for learning and assessment: What do baccalaureate students think?Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 32(4), 421-437.10.1080/08841233.2012.705240

Adamek, M.(2011). Life chances game. In C. Jumpper-Black & K. Khaja (Eds.), Seeing different views of the elephant: Exercises in appreciating diversity(pp.35-38). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Shon, H. &Adamek,M. (2011). Caregivers for older Chinese Americans: Facilitating access to caregiver support services. In S. Chen (Ed).Aging in perspective and the case of China: Issues and approaches.NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Adamek, M. (2011). Scholarly writing as a tool for empowering change agents in Ethiopia.Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping,Special Issue—The Heart of Justice:Social Work Innovations in Africa ,17(3), 96-101.

Adamek,M. & Yoder Slater, G. (2008). Evidence-based psychosocial interventions for older adults with depression and anxiety. In. S. Cummings & N. Kropf (Eds.)The handbook of psychosocial interventions for older adults: Evidence-based approaches.Binghamton, NY: Haworth.

Adamek,M. & Yoder Slater, G. (2008). Depression and anxiety.Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 50,153-191.

Adamek ,M. & Yoder Slater, G.(2006). Social work with older adults at risk of suicide. In B. Berkman (Ed.).Handbook of social work in health and aging,NY: Oxford University Press.

Decker, C. & Adamek, M. (2003). Meeting the challenges of social work research in long term care. Social Work in Health Care, 38 (3), 47-65.

Adamek, M., & Kaplan, M. (2003). Confidence in managing late-life suicidality: A national survey of nurse practitioners. Journal of Mental Health and Aging, 9, (3), 171-182.

Adamek, M. (2003). Late life depression in nursing home residents: Social work opportunities to prevent, educate, and alleviate. In B. Berkman & L. Harootyan (Eds.). Social work and health care in an aging world: Informing education, policy, practice, and research (pp.15-47). NY: Springer.

Adamek, M. (2002). Dispelling the mystique of disciplinary discourse: Strategies for enhancing graduate students’ writing. In S. Hamilton (Ed.).Writing in the arts, sciences, and professional schools.(pp. 245-267). U.S: St. Clair Press.

Kaplan, M.,Adamek,M., & Martin, J. (2001). Confidence of primary care physicians in assessing the suicidality of geriatric patients.International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 16,728-734.

Adamek, M. (2001). Guest editorial.Advances in Social Work, 2,i-ii.

Cournoyer, B. &Adamek, M. (2001). The 2001 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards: The value of research revisited.Advances in Social Work, 2,119-127.

Adamek,M., & Kaplan, M. (2000). Caring for depressed and suicidal older patients: A survey of physicians and nurse practitioners.International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 30,111-125.

Kaplan, M.,Adamek, M., & Calderon, A. (1999). Managing depressed and suicidal geriatric patients: Differences among primary care physicians.The Gerontologist, 39,417-425.

Adamek, M. & Kaplan, M. (1998). Geriatric mental health in the primary care sector: A comparison of physicians and nurse practitioners. (Abstract).International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 27(4), 301.

Kaplan, M.,Adamek, M., & Rhoades, J. (1998). Prevention of elderly suicide: Physicians’ assessment of firearm availability.American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 15,60-64.

Kaplan, M.,Adamek, M., Geling, O., & Calderon, A. (1997). Firearm suicide among older women in the U.S.Social Science and Medicine, 44,1427-1430.

Adamek, M. & Kaplan, M. (1996). Firearm suicide among older men.Psychiatric Services, 47,304-306.

Kaplan, M.,Adamek, M.,& Johnson, S. (1996). Trends in firearm suicide among older American males. In P. Rabins (Ed.).Year book of geriatrics and gerontology.St. Louis: Mosby.

Adamek, M.& Kaplan, M. (1996). Managing elder suicide: A profile of American and Canadian crisis prevention centers.Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, 26, 122-131.

Adamek, M.& Kaplan, M. (1996). The growing use of firearms by suicidal older women, 1979-1992: A research note.Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, 26,71-78.

Kaplan, M.,Adamek, M.& Geling, O. (1996). Sociodemographic predictors of firearm suicide among older white males.The Gerontologist, 36,530-533.

Weinberg, N., Uken, J., Schmale, J. &Adamek, M. (1995). Therapeutic factors: Their presence in a computer-mediated support group.Social Work with Groups, 18,57-69.

Olson, B. &Adamek, M.(1995). Streamlining discharge planning for patients returning to nursing homes: The electronic transmission of medical records.Journal of Applied Gerontology, 14,210-224.

Kaplan, M.,Adamek, M.& Johnson, S. (1994). Trends in firearm suicide among older American males: 1979-1988.The Gerontologist, 34,59-65.

Matthews, S.,Adamek, M. & Dunkle, R. (1993). Research on older families when more than one member responds: Producing and interpreting findings.Journal of Aging Studies, 7,215-228.

Adamek, M.(1992). Should the government pay? Caregiver views of government responsibility and feelings of stigma about financial support.Journal of Applied Gerontology, 11,283-297.

Adamek, M.(1991). Caregivers' views of disability allowances as a support for in-home care.Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 17,121-137.

Matthews, S., Delaney, P., &Adamek, M.(1989). Male kinship ties: Bonds between adult brothers.American Behavioral Scientist, 33,58-69.

Adamek, M.,Dunkle, R. & Matthews, S. (1988). Social support and childless older women: A review of the literature.The University Center on Aging & Health Newsletter, 9,10-14.

Sherraden, M. &Adamek, M. (1985).Treating unemployed adolescents.Social Casework, 66,467-474.

Sherraden, M. &Adamek, M.(1984). Explosive imagery and misguided policy.Social Service Review, 58, 539-555.

Sherraden, M. &Adamek, M.(1983). Unemployment and adolescent mental health.Practice Applications, 1,1-16.