Dr. Elaine Jurkowski, Ph.D.

Dr. Elaine T. Jurkowski is Currently a professor at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (SIUC), focusing on the areas of Social Work Theory, Research Methods, Social Policy, Community Health, Aging and Disablement.    Dr. Jurkowski was previously an Assistant Professor at the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She has held administrative and research positions for The Illinois Public Health Leadership Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Jurkowski began her social work career working with people who have cognitive and developmental disabilities and supporting these people to develop community social, recreation and leisure skills. Her philosophy of "community integration" and "citizen participation" evolved into vocational and residential settings, and included case management and administrative positions in vocational rehabilitation, and residential settings, serving people with disabilities for the Department of Health and Family Services, Province of Manitoba.

Dr. Jurkowski was a "Great Cities" Research Fellow in Health and examined strategies for community needs assessment in the United States and Canada, using citizen participation and traditional needs assessments. She has also served as a program evaluation consultant in a range of public and private settings in developed and developing contexts to include countries such as Canada, the United States, India, Niger and Hong Kong.

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