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Helen R. Hamlin
Helen R. Hamlin has a BA from Hunter in 1942 where she served as editor of its Winsterian. She has an MS from Columbia's School of Social Work. Over the years she has moved through the field from clinician, to supervisor, to field instructor, teacher, and administrator. For the past 35 years her area of concentration has been gerontological social work. She has represented this
Her work on behalf of the elderly has extended to an international level. She has been the primary representative since 1992 of the International Federation on Aging (IFA) to the United Nations; chaired the U.N. Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Committee on Aging to the present; chaired the Caucus of Older Persons for the World Summit for Social Development from 1994 to 1995. In 2002 she was active at the 2nd World Assembly on Aging in Madrid and coordinated its NGO forum.
She has published extensively. Her articles appear in both national and international journals. She has been recognized with many awards for her work in the field to the elderly. She has not limited her focus on senior citizens. Her other efforts have been on behalf of adolescents at risk of leaving school.
She is able, generous in time and commitment to social work students, and always is there to lend her knowledge and skills to enhance the field.
Her honors have included: