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James Lubben, DSW

Inducted in 2011

Current Position

Professor Emeritus, Boston College, University of California Los Angeles


BA, Wartburg College; MSW, University of Connecticut; MPH., University of California Berkeley; DSW, University of California Berkeley

James Lubben is Professor Emeritus and the Louise McMahon Ahearn Endowed Professor (retired) at Boston College. He is also Professor Emeritus at UCLA where he taught for 20 years and was Associate Dean and Chair of the Department of Social Welfare. He has published over 125 articles and chapters and edited 7 books.
Dr. Lubben has been a principal investigator or collaborator on over $35 million (direct costs) of research and training grants. The primary aim of his research agenda examines social isolation as a behavioral health risk among older populations. He developed the Lubben Social Network Scale (LSNS), an abbreviated measure designed for both research and clinical use. The LSNS has been translated into many languages and employed in an extensive array of studies in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. He continues to collaborate with scholars throughout the world examining the cross-cultural validity of the LSNS.
Dr. Lubben has offered considerable service to the academy and profession. He was Founding Director of the John A. Hartford Foundation’s $12 million (direct costs) Doctoral Fellows Program in Geriatric Social Work which provided dissertation grants to over 100 doctoral students throughout the United States. Dr. Lubben has served on three national boards for social work research and education: SSWR, CSWE, and GADE. Dr. Lubben he has also served on the Executive Committee for the Grand Challenges in Social Work Initiative sponsored by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. He served four terms (12 years) on the congressionally mandated Gerontology and Geriatrics Advisory Committee for the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dr. Lubben received a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Public Health from the University of California at Berkeley. His doctorate is also from Berkeley. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. He is also a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

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