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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A Message from the Dean: Grover C. Gilmore

gilmore12Social work is a field without limits. It is broad not restrictive. It is a profession which heals, brings together, advocates for change, offers options, enhances capacity, alleviates distress and realizes ambitions. Social workers have always been and will continue to be at the very forefront of social change. It is an exciting place to be.

Historically, social work has been a career for individuals who are concerned for the poor, disadvantaged, and those too young or too old to look after themselves. As the profession developed and societal strain became more pronounced, social workers have rapidly become recognized as expert providers of clinical services in areas such as substance abuse, mental health, family therapy, employee assistance, sexual dysfunction, and career and vocational counseling. Today, the field has an even greater scope encompassing careers in public policy, management, community development and fundraising.

Today’s world is an increasing challenge. Solutions to problems must be creative. Social work education enables dedicated professionals to strive for the best solutions with innovative, empowering and entrepreneurial approaches. The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS), one of the most respected graduate schools of social work in the United States, provides the best of advanced professional social work education on both the master’s and doctoral level. Combining the resources of an exceptional university like Case Western Reserve with those of a major U.S. city like Cleveland, where philanthropy and social service agencies are part of the very fabric, MSASS offers a unique experience to those who want to make a difference.

We invite you to join us. The world eagerly awaits your arrival.
Grover C. Gilmore, PhD
Dean and Professor

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/a0026368


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In The News

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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Cleveland Foundation’s India Pierce Lee to deliver commencement address

Apr 24 2014

India Pierce LeeDean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore announced today that India Pierce Lee, MSSA 2005, is the 2014 Commencement speaker for the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

The recipient of the 2013 Cleveland Southern Christian Leadership Conference Award for Community Service, India Pierce Lee joined the Cleveland Foundation in 2006 as program director for neighborhoods, housing, and community development. She oversees the foundation’s Greater University Circle Initiative, a unique multi-institutional anchor-based partnership with Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, the City of Cleveland, and philanthropic and non-profit organizations engaged in catalytic projects to revitalize neighborhoods that include transportation, wealth building and economic inclusion, employer-assisted housing, and community engagement.

Prior to joining the Cleveland Foundation, India served as senior vice president of programs at Neighborhood Progress Inc., senior program director with the Northeast Ohio Local Initiatives Support Corporation, director of the Empowerment Zone with the City of Cleveland’s department of economic development, and executive director of Mt. Pleasant NOW Development Corp. Earlier in her career, she worked as an air traffic control specialist.

In 2009, India completed the prestigious Loeb Fellowship from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. She spent 10 months on the Harvard campus studying best practices in neighborhood revitalization, with a special interest in sustainability.

India has been recognized for outstanding service to Cleveland throughout her career, including receiving keys to the City of Cleveland from former Mayor Michael White and the City of Dallas-Fort Worth by former Mayor Jewell Woods. In January 2012, she was appointed by Mayor Frank Jackson to the City of Cleveland’s Civil Service Commission. In 2011, she was named one of Crain’s Cleveland Business “Women of Note” and is a founding member of the Evergreen Cooperative Corporation Board.

India has a Bachelor of Science degree in management from Cleveland’s Dyke College. She earned her Master of Science in Social Administration from the Mandel School in 2005, where she was awarded a Louis Stokes Fellowship in Community Development. She is an active alumna and serves on the school’s Visiting Committee.

Case Western Reserve’s Commencement exercises take place Sunday, May 18. Ceremonies begin with the university convocation at 9:30 a.m. in the Veale Convocation Center. The Mandel School’s diploma ceremony is at the Amasa Stone Chapel at 11:30 a.m., immediately followed by a reception at the school.

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