Rhonda Montgomery, Ph.D., Professor and Endowed Chair

Department of Social Work,
1157A Enderis Hall (414) 229-3289

Rhonda Montgomery (Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1980) is Helen Bader Endowed Chair of Applied Gerontology in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare and Professor in the Department of Sociology. She is also a Center Scientist with the UWM Center for Aging and Translational Research and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. Prior to joining the faculty of UWM, she held positions at the University of Kansas, Wayne State University and the University of Washington.

Dr. Montgomery has conducted numerous regional and national studies focused on public policy, the role of the family, and the role of staff in providing long term care. Dr. Montgomery has published over 100 articles and books. Her work has been supported by private foundations, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Administration on Aging, the National Institutes of Health, and the Health Resources Services Administration.

Current Projects:

Over the past 8 years Dr. Montgomery has worked with colleagues at UWM and the University of Nebraska, and more than 30 community based organizations to develop and test a comprehensive system to support family caregivers. The Tailored Caregiver Assessment and Referral® (TCARE®) is a care management process used to support family caregivers of older adults and wounded warriors. In 2010, Dr. Montgomery’s team and the Washington Association of Area Agencies of Aging jointly received the Rosalyn Carter Institute’s Leadership in Caregiving Award for their development of TCARE®. In 2012, with assistance from the UWM Research Foundation, Dr. Montgomery launched TCARE Navigator, LLC. to commercialize and expand the use of the TCARE® protocol, which is now used by more than 250 organizations.

Recent Publications:

Andresen, E.M., Byers, K., Friary, J., Kosloski, K.D., Montgomery, R.J.V. (2013) Performance of the 10-item Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression scale for caregiving research. SAGE Open Medicine, January - December 2013 1: 2050312113514576, doi:10.1177/2050312113514576.

Talley, R.C., & Montgomery, R.J.V. (Eds.) (2013). Caregiving Across the Life Span: Research Practice and Policy. New York. Springer.

Montgomery, R.J.V., Kosloski, K., “Pathways Pathways to Caregiver Identity and Implications for Support Services,” (Chapter 8, pp. 131-156.)

Haley, W.E., Ferraro, K.F., & Montgomery, R.J.V. (2012). Is Gerontology Ready for Accreditation? Gerontology & Geriatrics Education 33(1), 20-38.

Montgomery, R.J.V., Kwak, J., Rowe, J.M. (2011). Advancing social work practice with family caregivers. Journal of Indian Gerontology 25(4), 553-575.

Montgomery, R.J.V., Kwak, J., Kosloski, K., & O’Connell Valuch, K. (2011). Effects of TCARE® Intervention on Caregiver Burden and Depressive Symptoms: Preliminary Findings from a Randomized Controlled Study. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 66(5), 640-647.

Kwak, J., Montgomery, R.J.V., Kosloski, K., & Lang, J. (2011). The Impact of TCARE ® on Service Recommendation, Use, and Caregiver Well-being. The Gerontologist, doi: 10.1093/geron/gnr047.

Savundranayagam, M.Y., Montgomery, R.J.V., & Kosloski, K. (2011). A Dimensional Analysis of Caregiver Burden among Spouses and Adult Children. The Gerontologist, 51(3), 321-331.

Rowe, J.R., Savundranayagam, M.Y., Lang, J. Montgomery, R.J.V., (2011) Characteristics of Creative Expression Activities: The Links between Creativity, Failure-Free, and Group Process with Levels of Staff-Participant Engagement and Participant Affect in an Adult Day Center. Activities, Adaptation & Aging 35, 315-330.

Savundranayagam, M. Y., Montgomery, R. J. V., Kosloski, K., & Little, T. D. (2010). Impact of a Psychoeducational Program on Three Types of Caregiver Burden Among Spouses. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 25(7).

Savundranayagam, M. Y. & Montgomery, R. J. V. (2010). Impact of Role Discrepancies on Caregiver Burden Among Spouses. Research on Aging, 32(2), 175-199.