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Renee Garbe

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Student Worker IV
Student Worker, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 5120
Student Information:
Graduate Student
Social Work
Watts Col of Pub Ser & Com Sol


I am a second year Ph.D. student in the School of Social Work with a passion for social work intervention research with older adults in healthcare settings. I am originally from the Chicago suburbs, but more recently from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I am a medical social worker, a mother to an energetic toddler, 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

Healthcare interventions, outcomes, and accessibility for older adults. Currently, I am particularly interested in how social networks affect anxiety in older adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. 


Owens, J.M. & Garbe, R.A. (2015). Effect of enhanced psychosocial assessment on readmissions of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Social Work in Healthcare, 54(3). 

Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SWU 320Research Methods in Social Wk
SWU 411Social Work Practice III
Honors / Awards

Doctoral Enrichment Fellowship, Graduate Education Fellowship 

Professional Associations



Junior League of Phoenix - member