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Jack Paul Gesino

Dr. Jack Gesino is the chair of the elders and family specialization. He has worked with elders and their families for over 40 years and continues to assist clients. He teaches courses in gerontology, family treatment, sexuality, clinical supervision, health and elder policy, and clinical practice. Dr. Gesino has been designated an “Expert Trainer” in geriatrics by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and has received numerous grants from The Hartford Foundation and CSWE GeroEd Center, for curriculum development and training social workers in working with elders and families and in person-center/participant-directed care. He has received extensive training in neuroscience and clinical practice, biofeedback, and Positive psychology and is a practitioner and trainer in Positive psychology. 

Dr. Gesino continues to provide numerous training and educational programs for clinical practitioners and the lay public. These programs include Helping Caregivers Thrive, Rewiring the Brains of Elders and The Use of Happiness Activities. He serves as a clinical consultant to a number of aging institutions and provides clinical supervision to L.C.S.Ws and those seeking their L.C.S.W.


Areas of Expertise

  1. Neuroscience and clinical practice
  2. Positive psychology
  3. Clinical Practice with elders and families
  4. Clinical supervision



DSW: City University of New York, Hunter College. 1988

MSW: Columbia University. 1978

BS/Social Work: Sacred Heart University. 1974


Courses Regularly Taught

SWK 540: Advance Practice with Elders

SWK 549: Advance Practice with Late Life Families

SWK 537: Clinical Supervision

SWK 516: Advance Policy Practice: Elders and Health Care

SWK 569: Clinical Sexuality and Social Work Practice


Recent Scholarship

 May 2015: NASW/CT Annual Conference. “Rewiring the Brains of Elders”

 June 2015: UConn STEP Program: All-day Conference. Helping Caregivers Thrive.

 April 2013: NASW/CT Annual Conference. The Use of Playfulness and Humor in the Treatment of Elder Mental Health Patients.


Community Involvement

  1. Consultant. The Whitney Center, Hamden,CT.
  2. Aging at Home. (Former Board Member 2009-2015)