University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Social Work
Dr. Schroepfer is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work. She is a recipient of the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar Award, president of the national Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work, and serves on the national Social Work and Hospice Palliative Care Network and the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care boards. Dr. Schroepfer’s research focuses on improving the care provided to those who are terminally ill. Her goals include gaining an understanding of factors that motivate a terminally elder’s consideration of a hastened death, determining the best strategies for meeting the psychosocial, cultural and spiritual needs of terminally ill elders, improving the assessment instruments used by hospice and palliative care social workers, as well as reducing the health disparities faced by medically underserved communities in Wisconsin. She has authored or co-authored 23 peer reviewed journal articles and three book chapters.
Dr. Schroepfer’s teaching and research focuses on the field of gerontology. In her research, she seeks to determine the best ways in which to meet the psychosocial and spiritual needs of terminally ill elders, as well as working with elders in medically underserved communities in Wisconsin on the reduction of cancer health disparities