Natalie Pope
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Georgia, 2010
(859) 218-2768
• Long-term care planning
• Aging in rural areas
• Family dynamics in caregiving
• Gerontological social work education

Natalie Pope, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the College of Social Work. Dr. Pope received her Ph.D. in Social Work with a concentration on qualitative research methods at the University of Georgia in 2010. Before joining the faculty at University of Kentucky, she worked for three years as an Assistant Professor in the social work program at Ohio University. Dr. Pope’s practice experiences include mental health counseling and assessment for young children and parents, child protective services case management, and facilitation of a support group for elder spousal caregivers. She has a strong interest in promoting gerontological social work practice and preparing social work students to meet the needs of the growing population of older adults. While at Ohio University, she secured a grant from the Geriatric Social Work Initiative to host an event at OU for Careers in Aging Week.

Dr. Pope’s scholarship is in the area of gerontology, specifically long-term care planning and family communication around caregiving issues. She has published on the topics of family caregiving, plans and preferences for late-life care needs, and social work education. Dr. Pope’s current projects focus on service providers working with older adults. One study explores the role of rural service providers in helping Appalachian elders plan for future care; the second study examines the knowledge, attitudes and practices of geriatric case managers regarding suicide and prescription drug abuse among their older clients.

Selected Publications:

Pope, N.D. & Riley, J. (In press). Female caregivers’ preferences for receipt of long-term care. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

Pope, N. (2013). Female caregivers’ plans for late life. Lavoro Sociale (Social Work: Quarterly for Social Professions), 13(1), 55-72. (In Italian)

Pope, N.D. (2013). Views on aging: How caring for an aging parent influences adult daughters' perspectives on later life. Journal of Adult Development, 20(1), 46-56.

Pope, N.D. (2013). Female caregivers’ plans for later life. Qualitative Social Work 12(4), 507-522. doi: 10.1177/1473325012442439

Pope, N.D., Kolomer, S., & Glass, A.P. (2012). How women in late midlife become caregivers for their aging parents. Journal of Women and Aging, 24(3), 242-261. doi:10.1080/08952841.2012.639676.

Gilmore, W.T., Higy, C., Haberkorn, J. & Pope, N.D. (2012). School administrator interns’ perceptions of school social workers: A pilot study in rural North Carolina. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 2(2), 8-15.

Pope, N.D., & Kang, B. (2011). Social work students’ attitude about working with involuntary clients. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 31(4), 442-456. doi: 10.1080/08841233.2011.597677.

Pope, N. (2011, April). Promoting “Careers in Aging” in Southeast Ohio. Ohio Update: NASW Ohio Chapter E-Newsletter ,National Association of Social Workers Ohio Chapter,Columbus, OH.

Pope, N.D., & Kang, B. (2010). Residential relocation in late life: A comparison of proactive and reactive moves. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 24(2), 193-207. doi: 10.1080/0276389100375712