University of Wisconsin - Green Bay

Professional Programs in
Social Work

Doreen Higgins, PhD, MSSW, CISW

Associate Professor

Office: Rose Hall 320G
Phone: 920-465-2567

Doreen Higgins, PhD, MSSW, has a doctorate in Social Work from the University of Kansas, and a Master's in Social Work from UW-Madison. She also holds a Bachelor's in Social Work from UW-Green Bay.

Doreen has worked as a medical social worker in a hospital setting, in hospital-based home health care in the community, and has worked extensively with older adults and family caregivers. She has also served as a certified psychotherapist in both inpatient and outpatient mental hospital-based settings.

Doreen's doctoral dissertation examined perceptions of older adult homeowners on the Medicaid Estate Recovery program, with particular emphasis on the confluence of race, inheritance, homeownership, and estate recovery policy. Doreen is currently working on issues related to health care disparities in social policy, and the integration of returning older adult ex-offenders to community settings.

Doreen is an Associate Professor of Social work and teaches undergraduate and graduate social work courses. She has recently developed a new undergraduate UW-Green Bay course entitled, "You and Your Future: Living and Working in an Aging Society."

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