Dean Grover C. Gilmore, PhD

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences
Professor of Psychology and Social Work

PhD – The Johns Hopkins University
MA – The Johns Hopkins University
AB – Brandeis University
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7164


Grover C. Gilmore is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences and Professor of Psychology and Social Work at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. He is the recipient of the John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching from CWRU. He serves on boards in the community and nation including the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, Magnolia Clubhouse, the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver, and the University of New England. He is also on the editorial board of Intelligence: A Multidisciplinary Journal.

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Recent Publications

Albers, M., Gilmore, G. C., Kaye, J., Murphy, C., Wingfield, A., Bennett, D., Boxer, A., Buchman, A., Cruickshanks, K., Devanand, D. P., Duffy, C. J., Gall, C. M., Gates, G. A, Granholm, A., Hensch, T., Holtzer, R., Hyman, B. T., Lin, F. R., McKee, A. C., Morris, J. C., Petersen, R. C., Silbert, L. C. Struble, R. C., Trojanowski, J. Q., Verghese, J., Wolson, D., Xu, S., Zhang, L. I. (in press). At the interface of sensory s & Dementia.

Barth, R.P., Gilmore, G.C., Flynn, M., Fraser, M.W., & Brekke, J. (in press). The American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare: History and Grand Challenges. Research on Social Work Practice.

Toner, Chelsea K., Reese, Bruce E., Neargarder, Sandy, Riedel, Tatiana, M., Gilmore, Grover C., & Cronin-Golomb, Alice. (2012). Vision-fair neuropsychological assessment in normal aging, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Psychology and Aging, 27, 785-790. doi: 10.1037/a0026368View more recent publications

In The News

Dean Gilmore’s Research Finds Cataract Surgery Slows Dementia for Alzheimer’s Patients

Sep 25 2014

Dean Gilmore lo resCataract surgery on Alzheimer’s disease patients slows dementia and improves their quality of life, according to clinical trials conducted by researchers at Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals Case Medical Center and MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Grover “Cleve” Gilmore, PhD, Dean of the Mandel School, led the five-year study funded by the National Institute on Aging that examined the benefits of cataract surgery for people with Alzheimer’s disease. Gilmore said he hopes the study’s outcomes change the health disparity for Alzheimer’s patients denied cataract surgery due to a lack of evidence of any benefit.

“We’ve shown that it does benefit them,” he said.

The researchers report that, after assessing risks and safety issues for Alzheimer’s patients, co-occurring health problems—like cataracts—should be addressed.

“This study supports the Alzheimer’s Association view that people with dementia retain, and benefit from, full health care treatment,” said Maria Carrillo, PhD, the association’s vice president of medical and science relations.

Common perceptions that Alzheimer’s patients need no extra care or shouldn’t be put through surgery “are not justified and are bad medical practice,” Carrillo said.

Gilmore’s psychological research in visual perception deficits has shown that blurred vision and problems with contrast, which can occur with aging and dementia, place many at risk for accidents, such as bumping into things and falling down stairs. And as their visual world disappears, he said, many become withdrawn.

The study’s co-investigators are: Alan Lerner and Jon Lass, from Case Western Reserve’s Department of Ophthalmology at the medical school and University Hospitals Case Medical Center (UH); Julie Belkin and Susie Sami, from UH; Tatiana Riedel from Case Western Reserve’s Department of Psychological Sciences and Sara Debanne from the Department of Epidemiology; and Thomas Steinemann, from Case Western Reserve and MetroHealth Medical Center.

The patients weren’t the only ones to benefit from the surgery. Gilmore said caregivers reported being less stressed because the surgery allowed Alzheimer’s patients to become more mobile and independent—getting dressed, eating, moving and even driving.

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Lenore A. Kola Retires From Teaching After 39 Years

Aug 21 2014

WEB_KolaAfter 39 years on the faculty of the Mandel School and establishing a highly regarded substance abuse curriculum, Lenore A. Kola, PhD, associate professor of social work and former dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Case Western Reserve, has retired from teaching. Her career will be celebrated at a special event on August 22 hosted by Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore, featuring tributes from her faculty and university colleagues.

Dr. Kola will continue to serve as co-director of the Center for Evidence-Based Practices (CEBP), which is a partnership between the Mandel School and the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine that provides technical assistance to service systems to help them implement behavioral health care innovations for people with mental and substance abuse disorders.

When Dr. Kola arrived at the Mandel School is 1975, substance abuse was not on the school’s radar. She changed that, establishing a curriculum specialization in alcohol and other drugs (AODA), focusing on interventions at both the micro and macro levels. She chaired the program for more than 30 years.

She also taught 12 different courses while a faculty member, six of which she developed and implemented. Over the span of 39 years, Dr. Kola received more than $7 million in federal, state and local foundation grants for training thousands of social work students and licensed professionals.

To make a donation in her honor to the Lenore A. Kola Endowment Fund, please contact Marianne Lax at 216.368.1832 or

To read a longer profile about Dr. Kola and her career, visit

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Grover “Cleve” Gilmore, PhD, Honored with Endowed Deanship

May 24 2014

Dean Gilmore lo resDuring his 39 years at Case Western Reserve University, Grover “Cleve” Gilmore, PhD, is extraordinarily accomplished as a teacher, researcher and leader, making his impact felt on campus, in the community, and in the fields of social work, aging and mental health. As dean of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences for the past 12 years, he has helped to educate and further the next generation of social work and nonprofit leaders.

On Wednesday, May 28, Case Western Reserve University will honor Dean Gilmore’s longstanding excellence in a chairing ceremony to celebrate his appointment as the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences, a newly established endowed deanship that reflects the Mandel School’s commitment to leadership and is one of only two endowed deanships among the top ten schools of social work in the United States. The event will be held at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Community Studies Center (11402 Bellflower Road in Cleveland) at 4:30 p.m., with a reception to follow. To attend, RSVP to Jennie Szegedy at 216.368.0565.

The $3 million permanent endowed deanship was created with an $800,000 gift from Morton L. Mandel and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation in 2013, which supplemented an existing $2.2 million professorship. It is envisioned to ensure the top-ranked school’s reputation, growth and leadership. Founded as the first professional graduate school of social work in 1915, the Mandel School is ranked #9 in the United States and #1 in Ohio among graduate schools of social work by U.S. News and World Report.

“My brothers and I are proud of our over 50-year association with Case Western Reserve University.  In 1988, we were honored to add our family name to the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.  It is with great pleasure that we celebrate the appointment of Cleve Gilmore as the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences.   Cleve’s great influence is due to the values, talents and skills that he possesses,” said Morton L. Mandel, chairman and CEO of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation.

Funds from the deanship will be a critical, flexible resource for Dean Gilmore, allowing him and subsequent deans to quickly and innovatively meet challenges, seize opportunities and fulfill the mission of the Mandel School to promote social justice and empower communities through social work and nonprofit practice. It will assure that the Mandel School will always be guided by a global perspective, preeminent scholarship and innovative leadership, with a keen eye on effecting positive change in Northeast Ohio and on training students as social service leaders who, in the words of Morton Mandel, “will change the world.”

A professor of psychology and social work whose research has pioneered methods to assist Alzheimer’s disease patients, Dean Gilmore joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve in 1975 and has served as the dean of the Mandel School since 2002. A past recipient of the John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching, this past semester he helped lead a study abroad trip to the Netherlands to examine social justice policies and practice in Dutch culture. Reflecting his interests in aging, developmental issues and mental health, Dean Gilmore serves on several boards in the local community and nation, including the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, Magnolia Clubhouse, the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver and the University of New England.

For over 30 years, Dean Gilmore has received funding from the National Institutes of Health to support his research into sensory and cognitive problems that affect a person’s capacity to perform at full ability, which is marked by his interdisciplinary collaborations with colleagues in biomedical engineering, geriatrics, ophthalmology, neurology, pulmonology and psychiatry. Having pioneered methods to assist Alzheimer’s disease patients to improve their perceptual and cognitive performance, his current primary research interests are on the changes in vision that are associated with healthy aging and with Alzheimer’s disease.

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