Manoj Pardasani, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W.
Manoj Pardasani, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., A.C.S.W., is a Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Research Scholar at the Ravazzin Center for Social Work Research in Aging and Associate Professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service. He has a Master's of Social Work degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University.
Manoj started his social work career in senior centers and that sparked his lifelong passion for the study of senior centers. He is the nation’s leading researcher on senior centers and has conducted a number of studies on senior center programming, characteristics of senior center administrators and participants, and policy advocacy by senior centers, which have been published in peer-reviewed, academic journals. Recently he compiled an exhaustive bibliography of all research and publications related to senior centers from 1978 to 2008. He is the recipient of the 2004 and 2011 Outstanding Researcher Award from the National Council on Aging (NCOA). He serves as the Principal Researcher on the National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC) and has been a part of their Research, New Models and Policy sub-committees. In the last three years, he has conducted two national studies related to senior centers. The first study explored and identified emerging, innovative models of senior centers around the country, while the second evaluated the advocacy practices and policy concerns of senior center administrators. In 2009, he was funded by the Fan Fox and Leslie Samuels Foundation to conduct an extensive review of senior centers in New York City. His study surveyed senior center administrators, participants and non participating older adults to identify needs, challenges, program models, participation trends and highlight factors critical to modernization. This study led to the development of 10 new innovative senior centers in NYC. He also completed a 3-year, longitudinal, quasi-experimental study of the impact of senior center participation on the health and well-being of older adults, the first of its kind in the US. His studies have directly led to strategic improvements in program models, caseload sizes and increased funding for community-based services for older adults.
In addition to senior centers, Dr. Pardasani’s research has explored community-based programs for older adults such as case management, volunteer visiting, grandparent caregiving, as well programs for people living with HIV/AIDS. He has conducted research nationally and internationally, and served as a visiting scholar in China, Germany, Chile, Korea, Taiwan and India.
He has served as a consultant to the Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City (a membership and advocacy association of senior centers), the California Commission on Aging, and the State Associations of Senior Centers in California, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee and Florida. He is the past President of the New York State Society on Aging (SSA), Southwestern Social Science Association (SSSA) and the National Social Welfare Alliance.
He is the Chair-elect of the National Nominating Committee of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE), a Fellow in the CSWE Program Directors Academy (2016) and a Fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine. In 2012, he was the recipient of the prestigious German Academic Exchange Fellowship (DAAD). In 2016, he was awarded the Mid-Career Exemplary Social Work Leader Award by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW).