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About Sadhna Diwan

Dr. Diwan received a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Bombay, India, before moving to Case Western Reserve University where she completed a B.A. in Psychology, M.S. in Social Administration and a Ph.D. in Social Welfare. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan funded by the National Institute on Aging. Her research focuses on understanding the use of home and community based services among older adults with dementia, depression, and chronic illnesses, and on understanding factors related to the physical and psychological well-being of immigrants. Her work in these areas has been funded by grants from the Hartford Foundation, the National Institute on Aging, the Janssen Pharmaceutica Research Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the Georgia Department of Human Resources.
Dr. Diwan is the project principal investigator of a $1,500,000 three-year grant (2007-2009) titled Increasing Gerontological Competencies in MSW Advanced Curriculum Areas,(MAC Project) awarded by the John A. Hartford Foundation to the Council on Social Work Education. The project is designed to help schools of social work better prepare advanced master's program students specializing in health, mental health, and substance abuse to care for older adults.
Prior to joining the SJSU faculty, Professor Diwan taught at the University of Chicago, Georgia State University and Case Western Reserve University. She has clinical experience in psychiatric and medical social work and has conducted numerous training sessions for social workers and case managers on issues related to assessment and care planning for older adults and their families.


Present Professor, San Jose State University School of Social Work
Director, San Jose State University Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations

Curriculum Vitae



2013 - 2015 "Building Social Capital by Improving Multicultural Competence in Higher Education and Labour Market"
European Union’s Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency
Erasmus Programme: Erasmus Multilateral Projects
Role: Principal Investigator
2013 - 2015 "Vicarious trauma and its impact on well-being among family caregivers of person with mental illness: A Comparative Exploration of self-care practices among Asians and Caucasians"
Lois and Samuel Silberman Fund, New York Community Trust
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
2011 - 2015 "Evaluation of Innovative Projects –INN 04 – Older Adults"
Santa Clara County Department of Mental Health
Role: Principal Investigator
2013 - 2014 "Multidisciplinary Healthy Aging and Wellness in Senior Housing: A Training & Evaluation Project"
MidPen Resident Services Corp., MidPenHousing
Role: Principal Investigator
2009 - 2010 "Exploring the interface of culture, social factors, health literacy and health promotion among older Chinese, Vietnamese, and Asian Indian immigrants with limited English proficiency"
College of Applied Sciences & Arts Incentive Grants Program
Role: Co-Investigator
2007 - 2010 Council of Ethnogeriatric Specialists Grant
Stanford Geriatric Education Center, School of Medicine, Stanford University
2008 - 2009 "Assessment of Health and Well-being of Residents in Independent Living Housing"
California Endowment and Jeanne D’Arc Manor
Role: Principal Investigator
2008 - 2009 Hospital to Home Transition Planning Grant
The Health Trust
Role: Consultant
2007 - 2009 The Master’s Advanced Curriculum Project
John A. Hartford Foundation
Role: Project Principal Investigator
2007 - 2008 "Developing Curricula for the Community Ambassadors Program for Seniors: An expanded Information and Referral project to reach underserved ethnic minority and immigrant elders"
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & the City of Fremont Department of Human Services
Role: Principal Investigator
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2013 - Present Member, Board of Directors, Silicon Valley Council of Non-Profits
2013 - Present Member, Board of Directors, Sourcewise
2008 - Present Editorial Board Member, Clinical Gerontologist
2008 - Present Director, Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations, San José State University
2013 Member, Doctoral Program Planning Committee, School of Social Work, San José State University
2010 - 2013 Executive Committee Member, Aging Services Collaborative
2010 Reviewer, Journal of Gerontological Social Work
2006 - 2010 Coordinator, BASW Program, School of Social Work, San José State University
2009 Reviewer, Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology
2009 Reviewer, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences
2005 - 2009 Board Member, Tri-City Elder Coalition, The City of Fremont Human Services Community Partnerships Project
2003 - 2009 Reviewer, SSWR Conference Abstracts, Best Paper, & Best Dissertation Awards
2008 Member, Careers in Aging Week Committee, College of Applied Sciences and Arts, San José State University
2007 - 2008 Chair, Small Grants Review Committee, School of Social Work, San José State University
2004 - 2007 Member, Ethnogeriatrics Committee, American Geriatrics Society
2005 - 2006 Member, Curriculum Policy Committee, College of Applied Sciences and Arts, San José State University
1998 - 2006 Reviewer, Gerontological Society of America, Conference Abstracts
1998 - 2006 Reviewer, The Gerontologist
2004 Peer Review Panel Member, Michael Reese Health Trust
1992 - 2002 Editorial Board Member, Journal of Applied Social Sciences
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Honors and Awards

  • Best Collaborative Project award to the Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations (CHAMP) - 2013
  • Certificate of Recognition – California Legislature– for dedication and commitment to improving the well-being of older adults and their caregivers in Santa Clara County – 2010
  • Certificate of Appreciation - City of Fremont Human Services Department for support to the Community Ambassadors Program for Seniors - 2010
  • Special Congressional Recognition – for exemplary contributions to the Community Ambassadors Program for Seniors - 2009
  • Outstanding Scholar, College of Applied Sciences & Arts, SJSU - 2009
  • Outstanding Faculty Award, Gerontology Center, Georgia State University - 2002
  • Graduate Dean's Instructional Excellence Award for Teaching, Case Western Reserve University - 1989
  • Western Reserve Scholar, Case Western Reserve University – 1981
  • National Merit Scholarship, Government of India - 1976


  • Special Project Seminar - Graduate
  • Social Work with Aging Populations (Practice Course) - Graduate
  • Social Work Senior Seminar (Capstone Course) – Undergraduate
  • Social Work Practicum II – Undergraduate
  • Social Work Practicum I – Undergraduate
  • Human Behavior & the Social Environment II – Undergraduate
  • Human Behavior & the Social Environment I – Undergraduate


1991 PhD, Case Western Reserve University ‐ Social Welfare
1983 M.S., Case Western Reserve University ‐ Social Administration
1981 B.A., Case Western Reserve University ‐ Psychology
1979 B.A., University of Bombay ‐ Political Science

Contact Information

Sadhna Diwan, PhD
Professor, School of Social Work
San José State University

Refereed Journal Articles (42)