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Biology of Aging

Tracy Schroepfer

Tracy A. Schroepfer

Ph.D., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Associate Professor, School of Social Work

Improving End-of-Life Care; Addressing Health Disparities

The focus of my research is currently on two key areas, the first of which is seeking knowledge of the psychosocial, cultural, spiritual and physical factors that motivate terminally ill elders to either consider or not consider a hastened death. The right to die is being hotly debated across the United States, and more states have recently legalized the option of physician-assisted death. In this current climate, it is imperative that we gain understanding of the factors motivating an elder's consideration, and the most effective way to assess these factors and the stability of such a consideration. This research has implications for determining the best strategies for meeting the needs of terminally ill elders and insuring a quality dying process.

In my second area of research, I am working with Dr. Dorothy Edwards and her research team to seek an understanding of why different medically underserved communities do or do not participate in biomarker research, which involves the collection of tissue and bodily fluids. Biomarker research is increasing the ability of researchers to effectively diagnose, monitor and treat disease. For communities that bear a disproportionate burden of chronic diseases and disabilities, gaining knowledge of the facilitators and barriers to participation is essential.

Representative Publications
Balaguer, A., Monforte-Royo, C., Porta-Sales, J., Alonso-Babarro, A., Altisent, R., ... Schroepfer, T., ... Voltz, R. (2016). An international consensus definition of the wish to hasten death and its related factors. PLoS One, 11(1), e0146184.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0146184

Schroepfer, T. (2015). The journey to understanding the wish to hasten death. In C. Rehmann Sutter, Heike. Gudat & Kathrin Ohnsorge (Eds.). The Patients Wish to Die: Research, Ethics and Palliative Care. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Shen, H. W., Feld, S., Dunkle, R. E., Schroepfer, T., & Lehning, A. (2015). The prevalence of older couples with ADL limitations and factors associated with ADL help receipt. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 58(2), 171-189.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1080/01634372.2014.944248

Noh, H. & Schroepfer, T. (2014). Terminally ill African American elders' access to and use of hospice care. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Advance online publication..

Schroepfer, T. (2011). Oncology social work in palliative care. Current Problems in Cancer, 35(6), 357-64.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1016/j.currproblcancer.2011.10.010

Schroepfer, T., & Noh, H. (2010). Terminally ill elders' anticipation of support in dying and in death. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life & Palliative Care, 6(1), 73-90.
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View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1080/15524256.2010.489223

Feld, S., Dunkle, R. E., Schroepfer, T., Shen, H. (2010). Does gender moderate factors associated with the spouse's role in caregiver networks? Research on Aging, 32(4), 499-526 .
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View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1177/0164027510361461

Schroepfer, T., Linder, J. F., & Miller, P. J. (2010). Social work's ethical challenge: Supporting the terminally ill who consider a hastened death. In T. Altilio and S. Otis-Green (Eds.), Textbook of Palliative Social Work. New York: Oxford University Press.

Schroepfer, T., Noh, H., & Kavanaugh, M. (2009). The myriad strategies for seeking control in the dying process. The Gerontologist, 49(6), 755-766.
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View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1093/geront/gnp060

Schroepfer, T. (2008). Social relationships and their role in the consideration to hasten death. The Gerontologist, 48(5), 612-622.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1093/geront/48.5.612

Schroepfer, T. (2007). Critical events in the dying process: The potential for physical and psychosocial suffering. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 10(1), 136-147.

Feld, S., Dunkle, R.E., Schroepfer, T., & Shen, H.W. (2006). Expansion of elderly couples' IADL caregiver networks beyond the marital dyad. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 63(2), 95-113.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.2190/CW8G-PB6B-NCGH-HT1M

Schroepfer, T. (2006). Mind frames towards dying and factors motivating their adoption by terminally ill elders. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 61B(3), S129-S139.

Feld, S., Dunkle, R., & Schroepfer, T. (2004). ADL caregiver networks of elderly couples: When do couples expand their ADL caregiver network beyond the marital dyad? Marriage & Family Review, 37(1/2), 27-44.

Feld, S., Dunkle, R.E., & Schroepfer, T. (2004). Race/ethnicity and marital status in IADL caregiver networks. Research on Aging, 26(5), 531-558.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1177/0164027504266560

Ingersoll-Dayton, B., Schroepfer, T., Pryce, J., & Waarala, C. (2003). Enhancing relationships in nursing homes through empowerment. Social Work, 48(3), 420-424.

Chatters, L.M., Taylor, R.J., Lincoln, K.D., & Schroepfer, T.A. (2002). Patterns of informal support from family and church members among African Americans. Journal of Black Studies, 33(1), 66-85.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1177/002193470203300104

Schroepfer, T., & Ingersoll-Dayton, B. (2001). Caregiver mastery of hoarding behavior in a patient with dementia. Clinical Gerontologist, 22(3/4), 109-113.

Schroepfer, T. (1999). Facilitating perceived control in the dying process. In B. Devries (Ed.), End of life issues: Interdisciplinary and multidimensional perspectives (pp. 57-76). New York: Springer Publications.

Ingersoll-Dayton, B., Schroepfer, T., & Pryce, J. (1999). Effectiveness of a solution-focused approach among nursing home residents. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 32(3), 49-64.
View publication via DOI: DOI:10.1300/J083v32n03_04

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