CASC/ACSS Virtual Conference 2021 Keynote Speakers


Dr. Barbara Ganzel PhD, LMSW

 Monday April 19th Keynote: Psychological Trauma in the Context of Aging

Barbara Ganzel is a hospice-trained social worker and research neuroscientist. She has 20+ years of experience studying psychological trauma and its impact on brain, body, and behavior across the lifespan. Before taking her current position as director of the Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, she was the principal investigator and director of her own neuroimaging laboratory at Cornell. She is currently working on behavioral interventions to ease stress and psychological trauma in people at or near the end of life. This year, she has also been adapting military stress resilience models to better serve long-term care staff on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dr. Mary Ann McColl

Tuesday April 20th Keynote: Disability as spiritual trauma. Part 1 – What do we mean?

Dr. Mary Ann McColl is a Professor in Rehabilitation Therapy and Public Health Sciences at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is Academic Lead for the Canadian Disability Policy Alliance, and Assistant Editor of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies. She is the author of 16 books, including: Appreciative disability studies (2019; Captus Press) and Spirituality & occupational therapy (2nd ed., 2011, CAOT Publications).