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Jeanne Koller

Jeanne M. Koller, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW

Assistant Professor

School of Social Work
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Jeanne M. Koller, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW

Jeanne Koller, PhD, MSW, LCSW is an Assistant Professor for the School of Social Work at Monmouth University. She is teaching both MSW and BSW courses and has become involved with Monmouth University’s LGBT+ Older Adult Project and with their Professional Education Program’s Gerontology Certificate . Before joining Monmouth, Jeanne was on faculty at the Rutgers School of Social Work. At Rutgers she served as Coordinator for the MSW Aging & Health Certificate and for the Programs on Aging. Over the years Jeanne taught courses related to aging and health, courses in the advanced MSW clinical curriculum, and foundation level courses.

Prior to her work in academia Jeanne had over 26 years of clinical social work practice experience specializing in grief and loss, depression, relational issues, aging, and issues related to the LGBT+ community. During her years of practice she also served as a “Substance Abuse Professional” for Employee Assistance Programs. Finally, Jeanne also provided interventions after sudden traumatic events.


Ph.D., Social Work, Rutgers, The State University of NJ

MSW, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, University of New York

BBA, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Research Interests

Cummings, C., Dunkle, J., Koller, J.M., Lewis, J., & Mooney, L. (Submitted for Initial Review) , Journal of Social Work Education, August 2020). Social work students and COVID-19: Impact across life domains.

Koller, J.M., Hutchings, B.L., & Zabotka, J. (Study in progress). Older adult residents in cohousing communities: Impact and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Scholarly Articles

Koller, J. (2018). Radical age: A new vision of aging. New Jersey Foundation for Aging Renaissance Magazine, 25 (3), 14-15. 

Koller, J. (2018, September 21). LGBT+ older adults: At risk for inadequate support and social isolation. American Society on Aging, AgeBlog

Presentations/Invited Talks

Ethics and Special Considerations when Working with Older Adults or their Caregivers, Monmouth University School of Social Work Professional Education Program (PEP), West Long Branch, NJ, October 12, 2020 (online)

Defying Ageism: Finding your Passion & Purpose, Glen Eagle Advisors, Freehold, NJ, September 15, 2020 (online)

LGBT+ Older Adults: Best Practices for Providing Culturally Sensitive Services & Supports, Rutgers University SSW Continuing Education, New Brunswick, NJ, February 28, 2020


McCoyd, J.L.M, Koller, J.M., & Walter, C.A. (in press). Grief and loss across the lifespan, 3rd edition. Springer.           

Professional Associations

National Association of Social Workers (NASW), NASW-NJ Monmouth/Ocean Chapter, Co-Chair

Radical Age, NJ Chapter Coordinator

American Society for Aging (ASA), LGBT Aging Issues Network, Editorial Committee Member

Gerontological Society on Aging (GSA) reviewed abstracts for the GSA’s 2018 & 2019 Annual Scientific Meetings

Gerontological Society on Aging (GSA) Age Friendly University Special Interest Group, Member


Most Supportive Professor Award, 2018, 2019, Rutgers, The State University of NJ, School of Social Work