Dennis Myers

PhD, The University of Texas at Austin
MSSW, The University of Texas at Austin
BA, Baylor University
Full Curriculum Vita
Professional Credentials

The Danny and Lenn Prince Endowed Professor for the Residential Care of Older Adults
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
National Center for Social Work Gerontological Education-Gero-Education-Gero-Ed Expert Trainer

Research Interests
  • Military & First Responder Family Relationships
  • Leadership of Senior Living Environments
  • Social Work and Long-term Care
  • Older Adults and Poverty
  • Volunteerism in Later Life
  • Family Caregiving
  • Academic Leadership and Administration of Social Work Education Programs
  • Congregational & Community Engagement of Boomers & Older Adults
Selected Publications

Harris, H., Urdaneta, V., Triana, V., Vo., C. S., Walden, D., & Myers, D. (2018). A pilot study with Spanish-speaking Latina survivors of domestic violence comparing EMDR & TF-CBT group interventions. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 6(11)

Crow, J.R., Myers, D.R., Ellor, J.W., Dolan, S., Whitacre, J., & Morissette, S. (2017). Family-of-origin and service-member resilience. Family Social Work, 20(1), 9-25

McGee, J.S., Carlson, H., Myers, D., & Kim (2017). Positive psychological assessment and dementia Clinical Gerontologist.

Wolfer, T.W., Myers, D.R., & Hogan, M. Health promotion and risk reduction in congregations (2017). Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Message Design and Processing, University of Oxford Press.

Wolfer, T.W., Myers, D.R., Polson, E.C., & Bevis, B. (2017). Baby boomers as congregational volunteers in community ministry. Religions, 8(4), 66; doi:10.3390/rel8040066

Myers, D., Rogers, R., LeCrone, H., Kelley, K., & Scott, J. (2016). Work life stress and career resilience on licensed nursing home administrators. Journal of Applied Gerontology, Prepublished July, 23, 2016, DOI: 10.1177/0733464816665207.

Crow, J.R., Myers, D.R., Dolan, S., & Reese, S., Ellor, J.W., & Morissette, S. (2016). Military deployment of an adult child: Ambiguous loss and boundary ambiguity. Marriage & Family Review, 52(5), 481-509.

Harris, H., Yancey, G., & Myers, D. (2016). Social work field education in and with congregations and religiously affiliated organizations in a Christian context. Religions,7(52). doi-10.3290.

Crow, J., Myers, D., Ellor, J., Morissette, S., Dolan, S., & Reese, S. (2014). Congregational responses to parents of military service-members. Journal of Family and Community Ministries, 27, 65-86.

McGee, J. S. & Myers, D. R. (2014).Sacred relationships, strengthened by community, can help people with mild or early-stage Alzheimer's. Generations, 38 (1), 61-67.

Harris, H. & Myers, D. (2013). Student perceptions of integrative field seminar: A comparison of three models. Journal of Administrative Issues: Education, Practice and Research, 3(2), 2-16.

McGee, J. S., Myers, D. R., Carlson, H., Pool Funai, A., & Barclay, P. A. (2013). Is God the rock? Spirituality, faith, and mild Alzheimer’s disease. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 24, 221-258.

Myers, D. R. & Ellor, J. W. (2013). Social work and congregations: A timely alliance for the age of aging. Social Work & Christianity, 40(4), 367–371.

Myers, D. R., Wolfer, T. A., Sherr, M. (2013). Faith-outcomes for older adult volunteers in religious congregations. Social Work & Christianity, 40(4), 384–403.

Myers, D. R., Jones, V., & Lawrence, S. (2013). Will you care with me? Congregational responses with impoverished older persons. Social Work & Christianity, 40(4), 460–478.


Dr. Myers previously served for 10 years as the Associate Dean of the Master of Social Work program and, before that, as the director of the Baccalaureate Program in Social Work and director of the Civic Education Program. For 15 years, he was the associate director of the Institute for Gerontological Studies. Myers serves on the Texas Nursing Facility Administrator Advisory Committee, Ascension-Providence Park Board, Stilwell Retirement Center Board, and the North Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association Board.

He was recognized as a university Outstanding Teacher and Faculty Fellow, Distinguished Teacher by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and as an expert Gero-Ed Center Expert Trainer by the Council on Social Work Education. He has been the principal or co-principle investigator for grants of over $1,200,000. He is the chair of the School of Social Work Gerontology Initiative and principle investigator for the Danny and Lenn Prince Initiative for Quality Long-term Care with Older Adults that provides research, evidence-based practice models, educational programs, and practical resources to strengthen the care environment of residential facilities and to enrich the personal and family life of older persons who reside in them. He is co-principal investigator for the Chris Kyle Frog foundation grant, “Mastering Your Marriage.” He was the co-principal investigator for the Bilingual Mental Health Scholarship Program for Accredited Social Work Programs, funded by the Hogg Foundation (2008-2016). During the period between 2013 to the present, he has authored or co-authored 17 journal articles and chapters in the areas of social work practice, deployment and the military family, educational gerontology, administration and social work practice in senior living environments, adult caregiving, productive aging, and faith-based community services.

He is married to Lois Myers; they are the parents of adult children Lori and David.