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Renee Garbe

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School Of Social Work
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Faculty, ICOURSE Campus, Mailcode 3920

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Social Work with a passion for research, teaching, and collaborative practice. My dissertation, “Intimate Partner Violence Over the Life Course: An Examination of Help-Seeking, Health, and Wellbeing Among Older Adult Women”, applies life course theory to examine the trajectory and severity of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and help-seeking behaviors among a sample of older adult women in the Southwest United States. It identifies significant life events that co-occur with IPV events and their impact on current physical health and mental wellbeing. I am originally from the Chicago suburbs, but more recently from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I am a medical social worker, a mother of two energetic toddlers, and a runner. 


I received my Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008 and my Master of Social Work from the University of Iowa in 2012. 

Research Interests: 

Health and mental health outcomes in aging, interprofessional education and collaborative practice, elder mistreatment and intimate partner violence among older adult women, social network analysis and chronic illness management among vulnerable populations


Refereed Journal Articles

Wu, S., Villagrana, K., Lawler, S., & Garbe, R. (In press). Free lunch participation and youth school failure: A multi-racial perspective. The Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare.

Owens, J. M., & Garbe, R. A. (2015). Effect of enhanced psychosocial assessment on readmissions of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Social Work in Health Care54(3), 234-251. doi: 10.1080/00981389.2015.1005269

Moore, C.M., Miller, I.N., Andersen (Garbe), R.L., Arndt, S., Haynes, W.G., & Moser, D.J. (2011). Gender differences in neuropsychological performance in individuals with atherosclerosis: Impact of vascular function. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 33(1), 9-16. doi: 10.1080/13803391003757841

Book Reviews

Garbe, R.A. (2020). [Review of the book Social workers count: Numbers and social issues, by Michael Anthony Lewis]. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 47(1), article 11. Available at:

Research Activity: 

Poster presentations

Bonifas, R., Vang, C., Oh, H. & Garbe, R. (November 7-11, 2018). Leveraging interprofessional education to meet health and psychosocial needs in subsidized housing. [64th CSWE Annual Program Meeting]. Council on Social Work Education. Orlando, FL.

Garbe, R. & Oh, H. (January 10-14, 2018). Social Support and Social Conflict in Older Adults with COPD and Comorbid Anxiety. [22nd SSWR Annual Conference]. Society for Social Work and Research. Washington, D.C. 

Bonifas, R., Vang, C. Garbe, R. & Casalean, M. (July 23-27, 2017). Factors associated with loneliness among older adults living in low-income independent housing. [21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics]. International Association of Gerontological Societies. San Francisco, CA.

Owens, J.M. & Garbe, R.A. COPD readmission project. (April 18-19, 2013). [The 20th National Evidence-Based Practice Conference] Iowa City, IA.

Panel presentations

Garbe, R. & Oh, H. (January 26, 2018). Social Support and Social Conflict in Older Adults with COPD and Comorbid Anxiety. [Third Doctoral Student Research Conference]. Arizona State University College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Phoenix, AZ. 

Panel participant. Multidisciplinary care for the patient with pancreatitis. (October 5, 2012). [Lena Nelson Critical Care Conference]. UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital. Cedar Rapids, IA.


Bonifas, R., Oh, H., Garbe, R. & Ramella, K. (August 21-22, 2017). Leveraging interprofessional education to address gaps in meeting health and social services needs in independent subsidized community housing. [Nexus Summit]. National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education. Minneapolis, MN.

Spring 2022
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 306Ethics in Social Services
SWU 321Statistics for Social Workers
Fall 2021
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SWG 501Micro Human Behav Soc Environ
Summer 2020
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SWG 514Bridge Seminar I
SWG 516Social Work Skills Seminar
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 320Research Methods in Social Wk
SWU 415Integrative Field Seminar
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 306Ethics in Social Services
SWU 413Field Instruction Seminar
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 180Intro to LGBT Studies
SWU 415Integrative Field Seminar
Spring 2019
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SWU 320Research Methods in Social Wk
SWU 411Social Work Practice III
Honors / Awards: 

2020 - 2021, NASW Social Work HEALS Fellowship

2020 - 2021, ASU Graduate College Doctoral Completion Fellowship

2020, GPSA Teaching Excellence Award 

2017 – 2018, ASU Graduate Education Fellowship

2017, ASU School of Social Work Competitive Travel Grant Award

2016 – 2017, ASU Graduate College Doctoral Enrichment Fellowship

Professional Associations: 

Council on Social Work Education 

National Association of Social Workers 

Society for Social Work and Research 


2017 - 2020, ASU School of Social Work PhD Peer Mentor

2017 - 2019, ASU School of Social Work Doctoral Committee Student Representative 

2017 - 2018, Third Doctoral Student Research Conference of the College of Public Service and Community Solutions Committee, School of Social Work PhD Student Representative