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Centenary University professor selected for prestigious book award

Keith Morgen, Ph.D., is one of two authors recognized by the Society for Social Work and Research for their book, Aging Behind Prison Walls: Studies in Trauma and Resilience.

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) — The Society for Social Work and Research has named Centenary University Associate Professor of Counseling and Director of the Graduate Counseling Programs Keith Morgen, Ph.D., LPC, ACS, as a recipient of its prestigious 2022 book award.

Co-authored by Dr. Morgen and Tina Maschi, Ph.D., of Fordham University, Aging Behind Prison Walls: Studies in Trauma and Resilience (Columbia University Press, 2020) was named the winner of the 2022 Society for Social Work and Research Book Award, which was presented at the organization’s annual conference in Washington, D.C., last month. In announcing the selection, the society cited the authors’ “outstanding scholarly contributions that advance social work knowledge.”

A crisis is brewing in the American prison system: Today in the United States, more than 200,000 people over age 50 are languishing in prisons, with projections estimating that older adults will account for one-third of the prison population by 2030. In their book, the authors offer concrete proposals at the community and national policy levels for addressing the pressing issue of incarcerated older adults. Meticulously researched, the book presents a compassionate analysis of the lives of elders in prison. Drs. Morgen and Maschi explore the coping strategies used by incarcerated aging adults to create meaning in their lives.

A practicing licensed professional counselor in New Jersey, Dr. Morgen is also a former President of the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC) and currently serves on the NAADAC (the Association for Addiction Professionals) older adult practice standards committee. In addition, he is the author of Substance Use Disorders and Addictions (SAGE Publications, 2016).

Centenary University offers a graduate program in clinical counseling (with an addictions track approved as an educational provider by the Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New Jersey), as well as a graduate program in school counseling (CAEP accredited).

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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