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.
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 Care, 54(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
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: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/jssw/vol47/iss1/11
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.
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.
|Course Number||Course Title|
|SWU 320||Research Methods in Social Wk|
|SWU 415||Integrative Field Seminar|
|Course Number||Course Title|
|SWU 306||Ethics in Social Services|
|SWU 413||Field Instruction Seminar|
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
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