Cassandra Barragan, MSW, PhD

Assistant Professor
Eastern Michigan University

Dr. Barragan worked as a social worker in health care settings for over 20 years with a majority of that time spent in long-term care. She has an extensive working knowledge of both state and federal policies that specifically impact the aging population. She works closely with agencies in the community to learn about challenges faced by older adults and how to make connections that students, faculty, and community members. It is through this work that she has developed relationships leading to work with St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and the evaluation of their Senior Fit fitness program. This is an extension of Dr. Barragan’s research to learn more about the impact of social support on well-being following stressful life events.


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