Paul Gould

Assistant Professor of Social Work
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About Me

Paul Gould, MSW, PhD is an Associate Professor of Practice and Director of the BSW Program at Simmons. Dr. Gould has over 20 years of experience in health and human services. He has implemented multiple interventions – both school and community-based – to address the needs of vulnerable populations within the community, including older adults, the homeless, and victims of violence and trauma. Dr. Gould also has extensive training and experience as a therapist with sexual abuse victims and families.

Dr. Gould is a dedicated instructor and scholar who cultivates dynamic learning environments which promote students' professional development. Educational technology is infused throughout his courses to maximize the benefits of independent and collaborative learning. He couples strong instructional design with experiential exercises to promote critical thinking and reflective practice. He favors providing balanced and meaningful feedback to assist students in developing effective social work practice behaviors.

Prior to joining the Simmons community, Dr. Gould was a faculty member at Binghamton University (State University of New York) and coordinated the Hartford Partnership Program for Aging Education (HPPAE). During his years at Binghamton, he held several leadership roles, including as founding Director of the Social Work in Health Care Program, Director of Technology Initiatives for the College of Community and Public Affairs, and Assistant Director of the Institute for Intergenerational Studies – Southern Tier Center on Aging. Dr. Gould is also the Cross-Site Education Coordinator for the Upstate New York Mental & Behavioral Health Education Consortium funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), which links MSW students from seven colleges and universities across the state in a virtual learning environment.

Dr. Gould is a frequently invited speaker for the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Gero-Ed Center, as well as the Social Work Leadership Institute. He has presented at national and international conference regarding healthy aging, interprofessional education, and behavioral health. In 2014, he was accepted into the Hartford Change AGEnts, an interdisciplinary collaborative of practitioners, researchers, educators, and scholars seeking to enhance the health and care of aging adults.

Dr. Gould’s research is in the area of Behavioral Health and Aging Families. In particular, he is interested in the relationship of cognitive stimulation to personal functioning in persons living with a dementia, as well as the contributions of social work in interprofessional health care teams to enhance patient outcomes. His community-based research includes implementation of the Pathways Project: Building Connections in Families Living with Dementia. This project evaluates the impact of weekly arts-based activities with families upon the diagnosed individual’s mental health and social engagement. Previously, he co-directed the Geriatric Consultation Clinic, an interprofessional education program which conducted comprehensive geriatric assessments with persons living in rural communities. Dr. Gould has received funding from the Hoyt Foundation, State University of New York, and the Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA) to support training and research initiatives.

What I Teach

I teach in both the BSW and MSW programs:

  • Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Senior Seminar
  • Social Work Practice in Health Care (SocialWork@Simmons)
  • Advanced Clinical Practice

Publications

Select Publications

Gould, P.R., Lee, Y., Berkowitz, S., & Bronstein, L. [In Press]. Impact of a collaborative interprofessional learning experience upon medical and social work students. Journal of Interprofessional Care.

Bronstein, L.R., Gould, P.R., Berkowitz, S.A., James, G., Marks, K. (2015) Impact of a Social Work Care Coordination Intervention on Hospital Readmissions: A Randomized Control Study. Social Work; doi: 10.1093/sw/swv016

Lee, Y. & Gould, P.R. Development of a culturally responsive support group for immigrant family caregivers. In Greif & Ephross (Eds.), Group Work with Populations at Risk, 4th Ed.

Select Presentations

Presenter (Symposium), Society for Social Work Research, January 2015 
Title: Implementing and Evaluating a Strengths-Based Intervention to Reduce Hospital Readmissions: An RCT

Presenter, Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, October 2014.
Title: Building Competencies and Professional Connections with ICTs in a Multischool Training Program

Panel, Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, October 2014.
Title: Training HPPAE Students in Health Care Settings: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Presenter (Webinar), CSWE National Gero-Ed Center & NASW, July 14, 2014. 
Title: The ACA & Care Transitions: Implications for Social Work
Recording available at: https://cswe.adobeconnect.com/_a1019883102/p53nxxgmj4r/?launcher=false&fcsContent=true&pbMode=normal

Presenter, SUNY Conference for Instruction and Technology, May 2014.
Title: Integrating Mobile Technology to Enhance Geriatric Social Work Education

Poster, Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2013. 
Title: Well-Being: Benefits of Participation in a Social Connections for Senior Women’s Group

Presenter, Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2013. 
Title: Implementing and Evaluating a Strengths-Based Intervention to Reduce Hospital Readmissions: An RC

Panel, Aging in New York: Building Capacity and Empowering Communities. 41st Annual Conference of the State Society on Aging of New York, October 2013.
Walter Beattie Symposium
Title:  The Role of Gerontology Education Centers in Capacity Building

Poster, Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, November 2012. 
Title: Preparing Students for Interprofessional Practice: From the Classroom to Field

Presenter, Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, November 2012. 
Title: Preparing Students for Interprofessional Practice: From the Classroom to Field

Panelist, Interprofessional Approaches to Assist Aging Families, October 2012.  Conversations in the Disciplines Conference, Binghamton University.

Presenter, Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, November 2011. 
Title: Providing Interprofessional Educational Experiences Through a Geriatric Consultation Clinic

Presenter, International Conference on Urban Health, held at the New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY, October 2010. 
Title:  Enhancing Community Capacity for Aging Services Through HPPAE