Dean Grover C. Gilmore, PhD

Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences
Professor of Psychology and Social Work

PhD – The Johns Hopkins University
MA – The Johns Hopkins University
AB – Brandeis University
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Room 109
Case Western Reserve University
11235 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106


Grover C. Gilmore is the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences and Professor of Psychology and Social Work at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. He is the recipient of the John S. Diekhoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching from CWRU. He serves on boards in the community and nation including the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center, Magnolia Clubhouse, the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver, and the University of New England. He is also on the editorial board of Intelligence: A Multidisciplinary Journal.

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 Dean Gilmore’s ADCAT Study

Albers, M., Gilmore, G. C., Kaye, J., Murphy, C., Wingfield, A., Bennett, D., Boxer, A., Buchman, A., Cruickshanks, K., Devanand, D. P., Duffy, C. J., Gall, C. M., Gates, G. A, Granholm, A., Hensch, T., Holtzer, R., Hyman, B. T., Lin, F. R., McKee, A. C., Morris, J. C., Petersen, R. C., Silbert, L. C. Struble, R. C., Trojanowski, J. Q., Verghese, J., Wolson, D., Xu, S., Zhang, L. I. (in press). At the interface of sensory s & Dementia.
Barth, R.P., Gilmore, G.C., Flynn, M., Fraser, M.W., & Brekke, J. (in press). The American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare: History and Grand Challenges. Research on Social Work Practice.
Toner, Chelsea K., Reese, Bruce E., Neargarder, Sandy, Riedel, Tatiana, M., Gilmore, Grover C., & Cronin-Golomb, Alice. (2012). Vision-fair neuropsychological assessment in normal aging, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Psychology and Aging, 27, 785-790. doi: 10.1037/a0026368

Seichepine, D.R., Neargarder, S., McCallum, M., Tabor, K., Riedel, T.M., Gilmore, G.C., Cronin-Golomb, A. (2012) Luminance affects age-related defiicits in object detection:  Implications for Computerized Psychological Assessments.  Psychology and Aging, 27, 522-528.  Doi:10.1037/a00225576

Laudate, T. M., Neargarder, S., Dunne, T. E., Sullivan, K. D., Joshi, P., Gilmore, G. C., Riedel, T. M., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2011). Bingo! Externally-supported performance intervention for deficient visual search in normal aging, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 19, 102–121.

Seichepine, D. R., Neargarder, S., Miller, I. N., Riedel, T. M., Gilmore, G. C., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2011). Relation of Parkinson’s disease subtypes to visual activities of daily living. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 17, 841–852.

Laudate, T.M., Neargarder, S., Dunne, T.E., Sullivan, K.D., Joshi, P., Gilmore, G.C.,
Tatiana Riedel, T.M., Cronin-Golomb, A. (2011). Bingo! Externally-supported
performance intervention for deficient visual search in normal aging, Parkinson’s
disease and Alzheimer’s disease. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, special
issue on “Cognitive and Motivational Mechanisms Compensating for the Limitations
in Performance on Complex Cognitive Tasks across the Adult Life-Span, 19, 102-
121. doi:10.1080/13825585.2011.621930
Publicly available at:

Seichepine, D. R., Neargarder, S., Miller, I. N., Tatiana M. Riedel, Riedel, T. M.,
Gilmore, G. C., & Cronin-Golomb, A. (2011). Relation of Parkinson’s Disease
Subtypes to Visual Activities of Daily Living. Journal of the International
Neuropsychological Society, 17, 841-852. doi:10.1017/S1355617711000853

Invited Presentations

Gilmore, G. C., Levy, E., Rainford, W, & Yegidis, B. Social work week: Three
conferences, One City. National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work,
Asheville, N.C., April 10, 2014.

Gilmore, G. C. Vision in Alzheimer’s disease. Center for the Study of Neurosciences,
University of New England, Biddeford, April 4, 2011.

Gilmore, G. C. & Lerner, A. Therapeutic effects of cataract removal in Alzheimer’s
disease patients. Grand Rounds in Ophthalmology, University Hospitals Case
Medical Center, Cleveland, March 23, 2011.

Gilmore, G. C. Successful development is about relationships. John A. Hartford
Leadership Academy, Tampa, January 12, 2011.Gilmore, G. C. Overview II: Vision.
National Institute on Aging, Division of Neuroscience Workshop on Sensory and Motor
Dysfunction in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease. Betheseda, MD, August 9, 2010.

Gilmore, G. C. Peripheral visual dysfunctions in Alzheimer’s Disease. National Institute
on Aging, Division of Neuroscience Workshop on Sensory and Motor Dysfunction
in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease. Betheseda, MD, August 9, 2010.

 Dean Gilmore in the News:

Historic gathering of Mandel School deans on October 14

Sep 27 2016

deans-panelIt’s a once-a-century event: All of the former deans of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will join current Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore for “Inspiring Hope, Shaping the Future: The Deans’ Perspectives,” a special Centennial panel and reception on Friday, October 14, at 3:30 p.m. at the Mandel School Noble Commons (11235 Bellflower Road in Cleveland, on the campus of Case Western Reserve University).

Representing 42 years of influential school history and countless years of personal accomplishment, they will explore what trends have shaped social work, nonprofit management and the Mandel School — in the past, present, and future.

This free Centennial event is open to the public, including all alumni, students, current and former faculty and staff, and friends. 1.5 CEU/PD. The panel discussion is from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. and the reception is 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. This event, which is during 2016 Homecoming+Reunion, will be livestreamed for online and off-campus students.

The panelists are:

+ M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, PhD (Dean, 1974-1983), Distinguished University Professor and the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor at the Mandel School; National Association of Social Work (NASW) Social Work Pioneer

+ Richard L. Edwards, PhD (Dean, 1988-1994), Chancellor of Rutgers University, New Brunswick; NASW Social Work Pioneer

+ Darlyne Bailey, PhD (Dean, 1994-2002), Dean and Professor at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College

+ Grover “Cleve” Gilmore, PhD (Dean, 2002 to present), Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences

Former interim deans and professors emeriti John Yankey, PhD (moderator), and Wallace Gingerich, PhD, will also participate. Family members of former deans Leonard Mayo and Art Naparstek are also expected to attend, along with Case Western Reserve President Barbara Snyder and school benefactor Morton Mandel.

ADMISSION: Free. All guests must RSVP to attend and check in upon arrival. Students, friends, staff and faculty are encouraged to register here. Alumni of the Mandel School and/or CWRU are encouraged to register for Homecoming ( and click on the Mandel School events tag.

PARKING: Besides street parking, there are many parking lots and garages nearby on campus (including Ford Road Garage, Severance Hall Garage, Lot 46 Garage on E. 118), in University Circle (Botanical Garden Garage), and Uptown. 

Questions? Email or call Alumni Relations at 216.368.2281.

Joseph Mandel, Renowned Philanthropist and Mandel School Benefactor, Dies at 102

Mar 25 2016

Joseph MandelIt is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Joseph Mandel, who along with his brothers Jack and Morton, transformed our school with their generosity and steadfast commitment to creating leaders in social change. He died Tuesday, March 22, at the age of 102.

“Joe and his brothers Jack and Mort have been visionary philanthropic leaders who have been committed to making the world a better place. I will always remember Joe with a broad smile on his face as he listened to our social work students describe the work that they do to better people’s lives and build stronger communities. He leaves a rich legacy of people whom he supported who are fulfilling his mission,” said Dean Grover C. Gilmore, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences, pictured at left with Joe Mandel in 2008 at a luncheon celebrating the school’s Mandel Scholars.

Joe Mandel also leaves a beloved piece of artwork on campus. An avid sculptor known for his artistic creativity, heJoseph Mandel Sculpture created the brightly-colored modern metal sculpture in the back courtyard of the Mandel Community Studies Center, which he donated to the center on November 5, 2007. It is adjacent to a plaque that dedicates the building in memory to the brothers’ parents, Rose and Simon Mandel.

Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder said, “We are saddened to hear of the passing of Joseph Mandel, and feel profound sympathy for his entire family. With his brothers, Jack and Mort, Joseph transformed exceptional success in business to philanthropic engagement that has touched literally thousands of lives, including many members of the Case Western Reserve community.”

Born in Poland in 1913, Joseph C. Mandel was a business leader, philanthropist, and co-founder of Premier Industrial Corporation in 1940 and the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation in 1953. One of the largest nonprofits in America, the Mandel Foundation supports leadership education programs in its own institutions and at several universities internationally, including this school and the Mandel Center for the Humanities at Brandeis University.

“The hallmark of our philanthropy is our commitment to invest in people with the values, ability and passion to change the world,” say the Mandel brothers about their giving — a quote that hangs in the lobby of the Mandel Community Studies Center, which houses Mandel School’s class and meeting rooms on the first floor, as well as two of the school’s research centers on the second floor, the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development and the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education.

“My brothers and I are proud of our over 50-year association with Case Western Reserve University.  In 1988, we were honored to add our family name to the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences,” said Mort Mandel, chairman and CEO of the Mandel Foundation, in 2014. Most recently, the Mandel Foundation served as the lead donor of the Mandel School’s building renovation project. The $4.95 million lead gift was part of an $8 million award made in 2013 — one that also endowed the dean’s position.

Jack Mandel, the eldest Mandel brother, died at 99 in 2011.

Remembering Congressman Louis Stokes and His Lasting Impact

Feb 23 2016

Louis Stokes by Dan Milner lo-resFrom action magazine, Fall 2015/Winter 2016 (

The entire Mandel School community was deeply saddened by the death of civil rights icon Congressman Louis Stokes, who was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the school after retiring from a 30-year career in Congress in 1998. He died August 18, 2015, at the age of 90 after being diagnosed in late June with an aggressive form of cancer.

“While I am very saddened by his passing, I rejoice in the accomplishments of his life. He truly has made a difference in our nation, our region, and in the lives of our students, faculty and staff. Each semester I read the wonderful teaching evaluations that he received. He brought advocacy and policy reform to life. He also was generous in giving his time and wisdom to everyone. He was a great man and leaves an indelible mark on our lives,” said Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore.

In the 1970s, then Dean M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, PhD, worked with Stokes to establish the Washington Semester program for Mandel School students, offering the opportunity to do their second-year field placement in Washington, D.C.

“Congressman Stokes actively supported and participated in the educational programs of the Mandel School for more than 40 years,” said Dr. Hokenstad, Distinguished University Professor and Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor. “He was a good friend and colleague who contributed expertise in the classroom and informal conversation. He will be missed personally and professionally.”


Once on faculty, Stokes made a significant impact. He and former Dean Arthur Naparstek designed the Louis Stokes Fellowship Program, which focuses on educating African-American and Hispanic professionals in community development to transform urban neighborhoods to improve the quality of life for residents through economic, housing and civic development. Since the initial cohort in 2001, more than 20 Stokes Fellows have graduated and continue Stokes’ legacy of service and advocacy.


Students also benefitted from Stokes’ guest lectures on social policy and civil rights. His message to students was powerful and clear, and he had a great appreciation for their dedication to social work. “There is nothing better than the opportunity to serve people,” he would say when teaching. “Continue to stand for and believe in justice, eliminate pediments to equal opportunity, use your education to help people and seek justice for those who don’t have it.” To see Stokes’ lecture “Social Workers and the Policy-Making Process” that he gave to the class SASS 478 Macro and Policy Practice Skills on April 2, 2013, visit


Stokes often told social work students, “I want to thank you [social workers]. You sure changed my life.” Stokes grew up poor in a low-income Cleveland neighborhood and was visited by social workers as a child—including the late Mandel School alumna, Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson, MSSA 1928, who made a lasting impression as someone who did her job with compassion. In 2005, she reconnected with him and they recalled each other fondly, as she wrote in her memoir, It Is Well With My Soul: The Extraordinary Life of a 106-Year-old Woman. He told her that he found it “incredibly rewarding to interact with students committed to helping build a more just society, working to eradicate the effects of injustice and discrimination.”


Intensive Weekend student William Kennedy wrote a moving tribute to Stokes that was on display at the Western Reserve Historical Society’s lobby during the museum’s memorial to him, recalling three times he was taught in class by Stokes and their subsequent conversations.

“I’ll always remember the first thing he said [in class]: ‘Anything you do is not too small and is more than was there before.’ For a weekend social work student in middle adulthood, it validated my presence in the classroom and confirmed that I still made a difference as a ‘change agent.’” To read his full remembrance—including how Congressman Stokes was related to funk pioneer Rick James—go to


To learn more about his life, watch a memorial video, see a photo gallery and read news coverage of Congressman Stokes’ passing:

To read Dean Gilmore’s remembrance in the university’s magazine:

To make a gift to the Mandel School in his memory, go to and note the gift is for the “Louis Stokes Fellowship Program Fund.”