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Renee Solomon had an outstanding academic career for over 30 years at the Columbia University School of Social Work, retiring in 2002 as associate professor. Her academic career encompassed four areas that helped to shape gerontological social work. Her conceptualizations of intergenerational social work practice, interdisciplinary team work, and long-term care in terms of expanding the dual role and focus on both the resident and the institution deepened understanding of the social work role and contributions in working with aging individuals and families.
In addition to her work at Columbia University School of Social Work, Solomon had visiting professorships at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work from 1998-99 and Flinders University of South Australia in 1982. She served at the Mt. Sinai Geriatric Education Center, the Brookdale Center on Aging from 1992-93, and the Blanton-Peale Institute of Religion and Health from 1985-90.
Solomon’s contributions in gerontology include developing and introducing the first semester in direct practice with the aged and their families at Columbia; integrating social work practice with relational theory as developed at the Stone Center for Women at Wellesley College; reformulating the social work role in helping aged parents and their adult children address their concerns; and training many cohorts of students to empower clients to enhance their skills.
Solomon also worked at the Hebrew Home for the Aged in Riverdale, New York from 1966-70 and was program director of Westchester Division, Vacation Camps and Services for the Blind from 1964-66.
Renee Solomon earned her DSW from Hunter College in New York in 1979. She received her MSW from Columbia University in 1953 and her BA from Brooklyn College in 1951.
Significant Achievements and Awards
2000: Social Worker of the Year, Cancer Care (New York City)
1999: Social Worker of the Year, the Lighthouse, New York
1997: Commencement speaker at Smith College School for Social Work
1994: Social Worker of the Year, Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged, New York City
1992: Social Worker of the Year, Roosevelt-St. Luke’s Hospital Center, New York City
Renee Solomon published extensively throughout her career. Among her many books, articles and papers are:
Solomon, R. (2004). The social worker in long-term care, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 43(2/3), 187-202.
Solomon, R., & Mellor, M. J. (1992). Interdisciplinary geriatric education: The new kid on the block, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 18(3-4), 175-186.
Solomon, R. (1983). Serving families of the institutionalized aged: The four crises. Journal of
Gerontological Social Work, 5(1-2), 83-96.
Miller, I., & Solomon, R. (1980). The development of group services for the elderly, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 2(3), 241-257.