Penelope J. Moore

Department Chair
Associate Professor

Phone: (914) 633-2471

MSW (Columbia University), DSW (The Graduate School and University Center/CUNY). CSW (NY), ACSW, LCSW-R

Social work practice, cultural diversity, social work in health care, social welfare history, social welfare policy, research, community development and social action, mental health, & HIV-AIDS bereavement.

Penelope J. Moore, DSW, MSW, ACSW, LCSW-R, associate professor, was previously affiliated with Wurzweiler School of Social Work where she chaired the Human Diversity in Social Work Practice and Social Work in Health Care curriculum areas, and taught Social Work Practice and Social Welfare as a Social Institution. She worked 19 years in the field of community mental health and held the positions of out-reach worker, clinical social worker, Coordinator of the Onsite School Mental Health Program, and served as Acting Director of the Hillside Eastern Queens Mental Health Clinic, an out-patient program of the Long Island Jewish-Hillside Medical Center.

At Iona, Dr. Moore has taught across the curriculum. She developed and taught the course on Human Diversity in Social Work Practice (SOW 2220), revised and taught Social Science Research (SOW 3200), Introduction to Social Work (SOW 210), Social Work Processes l, lI, and lll (SOW 3220, 3230, & 3240), Field Instruction in Social Work I and II (SOW 3610 & 3620), Social Welfare Policy (SOW 3130), Human Behavior in the Social Environment (SOW 3120), and developed and taught the Emerging Issues in Aging Elective (SOW 4950).

Dr. Moore Co-Coordinates the Women's Studies Program, and previously served as Coordinator of Honor Societies and Convocations. She represents the college on The Westchester Alliance of Academic Institutions for Aging Related Content and Workforce Development; and her department on the Council on Social Work Education's Gero-Education Northeast Curriculum Development Institute (CDI) funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation as a faculty mentor. As a result of CDI participation, Dr. Moore coordinates efforts within the Social Work Department to infuse aging content in the undergraduate curriculum.

Dr. Moore has participated on four national projects. She participated in the Palliative Care Training and Education Program to improve the quality of end of life care available to minority populations, especially those living in medically underserved areas of New York City as part of the Death in America Project. She has served as a mentor for the CSWE, Gero-Education Center, Curriculum Development Institute and as an application reviewer for the Cycle 2 BSW Experiential Learning (BEL) Program. In addition, she is Project Manager for the Genetic Alliance, Community Centered Family Health History Project geared toward development and dissemination of a customizable diversity-sensitive tool (Does It Run in the Family? Toolkit) designed to facilitate intergenerational communication about family health history. Most recently, Dr. Moore was selected to participate in the Stanford University School of Medicine Geriatric Education Center's Faculty Development Program in Ethnogeriatrics that broadens the department's collaboration with Genetic Alliance, Iona College and the Stanford Geriatric Education Center.

As a result of and complementary to Dr. Moore's research interest, she has presented (locally, nationally and internationally) and written extensively on topics related to diversity including a chapter on AIDS bereavement and African Americans and articles exploring and advocating for African American Churches to develop bereavement supports in their congregations. She has co-authored a chapter and article focused on communication between "Black Faculty and Black Students at Predominantly White Institutions" and continues to engage in research exploring this topic. She has written a chapter focusing on grief and loss among new black immigrants in the United States, authored an encyclopedia article focused on "Race and Death" and has most recently published articles and contributed to a monograph report on family health history. Dr. Moore is primarily concerned with improving health and human services to vulnerable groups in society.

Dr. Moore is active in several professional organizations. She has served as chair of the Multicultural Committee of the Association of Death Educators and Counselors (ADEC); was on the Board of Directors of Congregations Concerned with the City of Mount Vernon, Inc.; served on the Advisory Board of Project FOCUS; and represented Iona College on the New Rochelle Village Team Committee. She is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, Council on Social Work Education, New York State Social Work Education Association, and Association of Death Educators and Counselors (ADEC).

Dr. Moore was the 2007 recipient of the Iona College Hugh McCabe Award for Social Justice and 2008 recipient of the AARP 50th Anniversary Social Impact Award honoring 50 individuals who have helped to build a better future for all New Yorkers. In March 2010, she was featured along with colleagues on a Public Health Live-T2B2 Webcast, "Family Health History in Primary Care and Public Health", and in September, 2011, Dr. Moore was recognized for her leadership role in promoting family health history at Genetic Alliance's 25 years of Innovation Celebration at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC.