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David Biegel, PhD

Inducted in 2013

Current Position

Henry L. Zucker Professor of Social Work Practice, Professor of Psychiatry and Sociology, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University


BA, College of the City of New York; Ph.D., University of Maryland

David Biegel, Ph.D., is the Henry L. Zucker Professor of Social Work Practice and Professor of Psychiatry and Sociology at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Biegel’s research focuses on the impact of chronic illnesses and developmental disabilities on family caregivers in mental illness, co-occurring mental illness and substance use, aging, and autism spectrum disorders. As the author of a number of important books and scholarly papers, Dr. Biegel has made theoretical and empirical contributions to better understanding both the special needs and special contributions of those who care for a family member with serious illness. In particular, Dr. Biegel has played a leading role in addressing the problem of “silos” of knowledge, proposing the importance of examining similarities as well as differences in caregiver stressors and impacts across diseases and population groups.
Dr. Biegel has been the recipient of numerous research grants funded by federal, state and local sources. Dr. Biegel has served as lead editor of three book series including the nine volume Evidence-Based Practices Series published by Oxford University Press and the seven volume Family Caregiver Applications Series published by Sage Publications. He is the author of over one hundred thirty publications principally focused on family caregiving with low-income persons with serious mental illness, co-occurring mental illness and substance use, and frail elderly individuals. Dr. Biegel was a founding director of a number of research centers including the Center for Practice Innovations, the Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiving Institute, and the Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Research Institute. A Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and the Society for Social Work and Research, he served as a member of the Program Committee and Director of Mentoring for the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program.


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