photo: WilksScott E. Wilks
PhD, LMSW

Associate Professor

Fellow, The Gerontological Society of America; John A. Hartford Foundation Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work

Office: 205 Huey P. Long Field House
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-1196
swilks@lsu.edu

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Education

PhD, Social Work, The University of Georgia, 2004
MSW, Social Work, Our Lady of the Lake University at San Antonio, 2001
BA, Sociology, Louisiana State University, 1997

Brief Biography

Scott E. Wilks, PhD, LMSW, is a Hartford Faculty Scholar in Geriatric Social Work. He is the coordinator for the Graduate Specialization in Gerontology and associate professor at the LSU School of Social Work. He is also a faculty member at the LSU Life Course and Aging Center. He teaches primarily social work research and social work and aging courses. Dr. Wilks received national, pedagogical training at the Stanford University Faculty Development Institute. 

Dr. Wilks’ title as a Hartford Scholar is a lifelong honor named by The John A. Hartford Foundation of New York, the nation’s largest private philanthropy dedicated to research and training for the health of older adults. Dr. Wilks’ research interests center primarily on Alzheimer’s disease (AD) care, particularly the interactional process of coping and resilience among AD caregivers. His other research interests include burden and adaptation issues among custodial grandparents; social support and resilience among vulnerable, aging populations; and gerontological content in the social work curriculum. 

Dr. Wilks collaborates (research and/or volunteer service) consistently with older adult organizations in the community, including Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area (Baton Rouge) and Poydras Home of New Orleans. He has numerous media appearances in newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and radio regarding his scholarship and service in Alzheimer’s care and healthy aging.

Selected Publications

Wilks, S.E., Cain, D.S., Reed-Ashcraft, K.B., & Geiger, J.R. (in press). Gerontological competencies among MSW Students: Evaluation of a Gerontology Specialization Program. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. DOI: 10.1080/01634372.2017.1325811 

Wilks, S.E., Boyd, P. A., Bates, S. M., Cain, D. S., & Geiger, J. R. (in press). Montessori-based activities among persons with late-stage dementia: Evaluation of mental and behavioral health outcomes. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice. DOI: 10.1177/1471301217703242

Boyd, P.A., Wilks, S.E., & Geiger, J.R. (in press). ADL assessment among nursing home residents with advanced dementia: Psychometric reevaluation of the Bristol Activities of Daily Living Scale. Health & Social Work.

Geiger, J.R., Wilks, S.E., Guillory, S.A., Goodson, K., Spivey, C.A., & Isaza, J.E. (in press). Psychological coping strategies among post-surgery posterior lumbar interbody fusion patients: Predictive values on pain and functioning outcomes. Journal of Pain Management.

Wilks, S.E., Geiger, J.R., Bates, S.M., & Wright, A.L. (in press). Reference accuracy among research articles published in Research on Social Work Practice. Research on Social Work Practice. DOI: 10.1177/1049731515626802

Lewis, L. M., Wilks, S.E., Geiger, J. R., Barthelemy, J. J., & Livermore, M. M. (2017). College student attitudes toward police in south Louisiana: A racial divide. Africology: Journal of Pan African Studies, 10, 206-223.
 
Wilks, S.E., Geiger, J.R., Boyd, P.A., & Chaney, C. (2015). Psychometric properties of the Coping Inventory for Task Stressors: Evaluation among African American and Caucasian, Alzheimer’s disease caregivers. Journal of Pan African Studies, 7(9), 4-30. 

Wilks, S.E., Bates, S.M., & Wright, A.L. (2015). Spirituality, coping, and psychological resilience among Alzheimer’s caregivers. In Spirituality: Global practices, societal attitudes, and effects on health. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Geiger, J.R., Wilks, S.E., & Livermore, M.M. (2014). Predicting SNAP participation in older adults: Do age categorizations matter? Educational Gerontology, 40, 932-946.

Wilks, S.E., Little, K.G., Gough, H.R., & Spurlock, W.J. (2011). Alzheimer’s aggression: Influences on caregiver coping and resilience. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54, 260-275. DOI: 10.1080/01634372.2010.544531

Geiger, J.R., Wilks, S.E., & Livermore, M.M. (in press). Predicting SNAP participation in older adults: Do age categorizations matter? Educational Gerontology.

Wilks, S. E., Ketchum, M., Chen, Z., & Bowman, A. (2013). Psychometric reevaluation of the Spiritual Support Scale. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, 32, 313-323.

Gough, H.R., & Wilks, S.E. (2012). Rotational field placements: Integrative review and application to gerontological social work. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 31, 90-109. DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2010.549222

Wilks, S.E., Little, K.G., Gough, H.R., & Spurlock, W.J. (2011). Alzheimer’s aggression: Influences on caregiver coping and resilience. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54, 260-275. DOI: 10.1080/01634372.2010.544531

Wilks, S. E., & Spivey, C. A. (2010). Resilience in undergraduate social work students: Social support and adjustment to academic stress. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 29, 276-288. DOI: 10.1080/02615470902912243

Wilks, S. E., Spivey, C. A., & Chisholm-Burns, M. A. (2010). Psychometric reevaluation of the Immunosuppressant Therapy Adherence Scale among solid-organ transplant recipients. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 16, 64-68. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2008.01115.x

Wilks, S.E., Kadivar, Z., Guillory, S., & Isaza, J. (2009). Age, exercise exertion, and low back pain: A follow-up study with psychological adaptation factors. Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society, 161, 340-342.

Selected Presentations

Wilks, S.E., Geiger, J.R., & Livermore, M. (2014, November). Predicting SNAP participation among older adults: Does age categorization matter? To be presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, DC.

Wilks, S.E., Geiger, J.R., & Lovelace, L. (2014, November). Burden among male Alzheimer’s caregivers: Effects of distinct coping strategies. To be presented at the Gerontological Society of America’s 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, Washington, DC.

Wilks, S. E., Ketchum, M. M., & Gough, H. R. (2013, November). Rotational field placements: Overview and application to gerontological social work. Presented at the Gerontological Society of America 66th Annual Scientific Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

DeRosa, S.M., Wilks, S.E., & Maccio, E.M. (2011, January). Perspective differences on policy and social politics between older and younger LGBT adults. Presented at the Society for Social Work and Research 15th Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.

Guillory, S.A., Wilks, S.E., & Isaza, J.E. (2009, July). Factors of psychological adaptation among patients with posterior lumbar fusion. Presented at the 2009 Joint Meeting of the North American Spine Society and Japanese Society for Spine Surgery and Related Research, Maui, HI. 

Selected Grants/Funded Projects

Wilks, S.E. (2013 – 15). Evaluation of Program Services at Charlie’s Place Respite Center, Alzheimer’s Services of the Capital Area. Funded by Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA. Total grant amount: $25,000.

Wilks, S. E. (2013 – 2014). Montessori activities to enhance health and well-being among individuals with Alzheimer’s disease: A program evaluation. Contract funded by Poydras Home Retirement Community of New Orleans, LA. Contract amount: $18,000.

Wilks, S. E. (2008 – 10). Examining an appraisal model of burden, coping, and resilience: Differences among African American and Caucasian Alzheimer’s caregivers. Funded by The John A. Hartford Foundation Faculty Scholars in Geriatric Research Program. Amount: $100,000.

 

Links

Twitter: @wilksphd

Personal website (includes complete vita)

The John A. Hartford Foundation

Gerontological Society of America