Specialties: National and International Social Gerontology, Aging and Technology, Direct Practice in Mental Health, disease prevention and health promotion, impact of social support on health and mental health , cultural competence in health care settings.
Classes Taught: Social Work Practice and Processes, Direct Social Work Practice and Social Gerontology I.
Dr. Bertera has approximately 20 years experience as a practicing social worker in her native Puerto Rico, California, Hawaii, Maryland, and Delaware. She was chosen among 70 social workers to receive the Social Worker of the Year Award from the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland for her work with patients and families. Most recently (2001), the Gerontological Health Section of the American Public Health Association named Dr. Bertera finalist for the prestigious Betty Jane Cleckley Minority Issues Award for her research in minority older populations. She currently holds two social work licenses: Board Certified Diplomate (national level) and Licensed Certified Social Worker-Clinical, the highest licensure in Maryland. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers at both national and Maryland chapter as well as a member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), The Gerontological Society of America, the American Society on Aging, and The Society for Research in Social Work She has published articles in a variety of journals including the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Community Health, Journal of Clinical Geropsychology, Journal of Women's Health & Gender-Based Medicine, Journal of International Social Work, Social Thought: Journal of Religion in the Social Services, Journal of Health and Social Work, Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work, Journal of Social Work Education, Journal of Technology in Human Services, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
PhD in Social Work and Social Research from Bryn Mawr College in