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Kelley R. Macmillan

Associate Teaching Professor, Practicum Education

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Kelley Macmillan
Phone:  213-821-6450
Rank:  Teaching Faculty

Kelley R. Macmillan

Associate Teaching Professor, Practicum Education

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Kelley R. Macmillan is an associate professor of practicum education. His areas of specialty are interprofessional education and practice focused on geriatrics, classroom instruction, and practicum supervision of MSW students. He teaches coursework on evidence-based interventions, skills in interviewing, assessment, treatment planning, intervention, and evaluation of direct practice with individuals, families, groups, and communities.
Professor Macmillan is the faculty lead for the Graduate Certificate in Aging and Health. The certificate advances students’ ability to integrate knowledge of the biological, psychological, social and cultural aspects of aging, and the clinical interventions and policy developments that enhance well-being in later life. He is the faculty advisor for the Queer Alliance Social Work Caucus which seeks to increase dialogue about the issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning populations, as well as provide networking opportunities for LGBTQ+ students, allies, faculty, and staff. Professor Macmillan serves as coordinator for the Geriatric Social Work Education Consortium (GSWEC), a consortium of eight schools of social work and 16 agencies serving older adults. The university coordinators identify students interested in geriatrics and aging social work practice for practicum placements with stipends at GSWEC agencies.
Professor Macmillan has extensive experience in geriatric social work practice in primary care, administrative responsibility for social services in hospital, home health, hospice and community social service programs, and practicum education supervision. He was a clinical associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Maryland, teaching MSW foundation social work practice and social policy courses, with specializations in aging and health. He co-taught a critical care interprofessional education course with faculty from nursing, pharmacy, and respiratory care. He developed and taught an MSW level integrated behavioral health policy course, and a BSW-level course on social services for older adults based on federal and state aging policies and services legislation.
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are important commitments, personally and professionally. At the University of Maryland, Professor Macmillan was co-chair of the Diversity and Anti-Oppression Ad Hoc Work Group that developed and presented a proposal to faculty for approval as a full committee in the school. The proposal was passed, and this new committee was the first-time staff and students were elected as full members on a faculty committee. He was also the faculty advisor for the LGBTQIA student group at the University of Maryland.
Professor Macmillan was the principal investigator on a multi-year adult service workers training grant for Adult Services, a program in the Maryland Department of Human Resources. He was also a faculty member on a HRSA-GWEP Geriatric IPE grant at the Sanford Center for Aging, University of Nevada, Reno. Other grant funding includes a pilot grant to explore transportation preferences of individuals with disabilities and older adults, a global initiative grant to fund student study abroad experience in the Philippines, and an Options Counseling Training Program for ADRC staff in Maryland.


University of Kansas

PhD 2005

Indiana University

MSW 1984

Indiana University

BA 1973

Area of Expertise

  • Geriatrics / Aging

  • Interprofessional education and practice

  • Diversity, equity and inclusion

Articles & Publications

Clark, K., Congdon, H.B., Macmillan, K., Gonzales, J.P. & Guerra, A. (2015) Changes in Perceptions and Attitudes of Healthcare Profession Students Pre and Post Academic Course Experience of Team-Based 'Care for the Critically Ill. Journal of Professional Nursing 31(4) 330-339.

Koenig, T.L, Spano, R, Leiste, M.R, Holmes, R & Macmillan, K.R. (2014). Multidisciplinary teams' practice strategies with older adult clients who hoard, Social Work in Mental Health, 12(1), 81-97.

Koenig, T., Hee Lee, J., Macmillan, K., Fields, N., & Spano, R. (2014), Older adult and family member perspectives of the decision-making process involved in moving to assisted living, Qualitative Social Work. 13(3), 335–350

Koenig, T., Lee, J., Fields, N., & Macmillan, K. (2011), The Role of the Gerontological Social Worker in Assisted Living, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54(5), 494-510. 

Chapin, R., Baca, B., Macmillan, K., Zimmerman, M., & Rachlin, R. (2009). Residential Outcomes for Nursing Facility Applicants Who Have Been Diverted: Where Are They Five Years Later?  The Gerontologist, 49(1), 46-56.

Casado B. L., Resnick, B., Zimmerman, S., Nahm, E. S., Orwig, D., Macmillan, K. R., & Magaziner, J. (2009). Social Support for Exercise by Experts in Older Women Post Hip Fracture.  Journal of Women and Aging, 21(1), 48-62.

Nakashima, M., Chapin, R., Macmillan, K., & Zimmerman, M.  (2004).  Decision making in long-term care: Approaches used by older adults and implications for social work practice.  Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 44(4), 79-102.

Selected for the 2004 Rose Dobrof - Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work Best Article in Journal of Gerontological Social Work Award

Macmillan, K., Chapin, R., & Rachlin, R.  (Spring/Summer 2001).  Linking research to policy: University and state agency collaboration to expedite home and community based services.  Journal of Applied Social Sciences, 25(2), 59-66.

Macmillan, K., Chapin, R., & Rachlin, R.  (1999).  Expedited service delivery: Helping case managers to increase access to services for the poorest older adults.  Journal of Case Management, 8(3), 181-187.