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Colleen M. Beach, MSW, LSW

Specialist Professor

School of Social Work
McAllan Hall 9

Colleen M. Beach, MSW, LSW

Colleen Beach is a licensed social worker and Specialist Professor in the School of Social Work. She specializes in elder justice and community living options for older adults, and is passionate about trauma informed care. Her experience includes over 15 years in healthcare settings serving primarily older or vulnerable adults, including settings such as adult medical day care, hospice, and sub-acute and rehabilitation facilities. For several years, she managed the training grant for Adult Protective Services in the state of New Jersey, through her position as a faculty member at the School of Social Work, at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She is currently a member of the National Adult Protective Services Association Education Committee, and is on the trauma-informed care work group for the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services


MSW, Monmouth University

B.A., History, University of Scranton

Research Interests

Elder abuse and elder justice, trauma across the lifespan and trauma informed care.


Scholarly Articles

Zurlo, K. A., & Beach, C. M.  (2013). Racial disparities in depression care among older adults: Can the perspectives of clinicians and patients be reconciled? Current Translational Geriatrics and Gerontology Reports , doi 10.1007/s13670-012-0036-z

Popular Articles

Salamon, B. (2014, April 8). Rutgers Alerts Vulnerable Populations to Post-Disaster Financial Exploitation. Rutgers Today .

Presentations/Invited Talks

Beach, C. and Mills, J. (2017). Confidentiality: Path to better outcomes or detour on road to elder justice.   National Adult Protective Services Association Annual Conference , Milwaukee, WI.

Beach, C. (2017).  APS Plenary: Paging Dr. Meredith Grey, trauma-informed care needed in the ER stat. Minnesota Social Services Association Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Beach, C. (2016). Are we ready for trauma-informed care in APS? National Adult Protective Services Association Annual Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Beach, C. and Tetelman, E. (2016). Ethics, abuse, and where do we go from here ? Presented at Professional Education Program, School of Social Work, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ.

Professional Associations

National Adult Protective Services Association, American Society on Aging, National Center for Creative Aging, National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse


Volunteer of the Year 2013, Aging in Place Partnership, South Brunswick, NJ

Social Worker of the Year 2010, New Jersey Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Silver Award for excellence in patient care 2009 and 2010, for Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center, West Orange, NJ


Frequently Taught Classes

  • Applications of Social Justice and Human Rights in Social Work (SW 669)
  • Family Violence (SW 278)
  • Field Practicum I (SW 510)
  • Field Practicum II (SW 520)
  • Global Human Rights and Social Justice (SW 205)
  • Human Behavior and Social Environment I (SW 223)
  • Human Behavior and Social Environment II (SW 224)
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment I (SW 509)
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment II (SW 519)
  • Implications of Social Justice and Human Rights for Social Work (SW 627)
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