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Renee Garbe

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School Of Social Work
Grad Service Assistant
Graduate Assistant/Associate, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3920
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Graduate Student
Social Work
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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). 

Honors / Awards

Doctoral Enrichment Fellowship, Graduate Education Fellowship 

Professional Associations



Junior League of Phoenix - member