Toba Kerson

  Toba Kerson, a graduate of Chatham College with an MS from Columbia University School of Social Work, holds a DSW and a PhD in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of several books including Social Work in Health Care Settings: Practice in Context and Boundary Spanning: An Ecological Reinterpretation of Social Work Practice in Health and Mental Health Systems, and numerous articles, including some relating to her special interest in the depiction of seizures in film. She serves on several editorial boards and is Book Review Editor of Social Work in Health Care. Kerson serves on the board of the Gladwyne Free Library, and on several advisory boards including Jefferson Home Health and Hospice, the Planning Committee, of the Fourth International Conference of Social Work in Health Care, the Health Promotion for Women with Disabilities Project at Villanova University’s College of Nursing, the Center for Social Work Education in Maternal and Child Health. She is an active member of the Trustees’ Council of Penn Women. Kerson teaches Foundation Practice, Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups, Social Service Management and Health Care and Social Work Practice.


Research and Scholarly Interests: Health/Mental Health and especially social work practice in relation to health policy and program development; chronic illness and its impact on social life; the history of social work; and the depiction of seizures in film.

Substantive Specialization: Health.