Diwan, Sadhna

Diwan, Sadhna

Professor, School of Social Work
Director Center for Healthy Aging in Multicultural Populations


Preferred: sadhna.diwan@sjsu.edu


Preferred: (408) 924-5839


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Case Western Reserve Univ, 1991


Sadhna Diwan, Ph.D.

Dr. Diwan received a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Bombay, India, before moving to Case Western Reserve University where she completed a B.A. in Psychology, M.S. in Social Administration and a Ph.D. in Social Welfare. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan funded by the National Institute on Aging. Her research focuses on understanding the use of home and community based services among older adults with dementia, depression, and chronic illnesses, and on understanding factors related to the physical and psychological well-being of immigrants. Her work in these areas has been funded by grants from the Hartford Foundation, the National Institute on Aging, the Janssen Pharmaceutica Research Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, and the Georgia Department of Human Resources.

Dr. Diwan is the project principal investigator of a $1,500,000 three-year grant (2007-2009) titled Increasing Gerontological Competencies in MSW Advanced Curriculum Areas,(MAC Project) awarded by the John A. Hartford Foundation to the Council on Social Work Education. The project is designed to help schools of social work better prepare advanced master's program students specializing in health, mental health, and substance abuse to care for older adults.

Prior to joining the SJSU faculty, Professor Diwan taught at the University of Chicago, Georgia State University and Case Western Reserve University. She has clinical experience in psychiatric and medical social work and has conducted numerous training sessions for social workers and case managers on issues related to assessment and care planning for older adults and their families.


Selected publications include:

Diwan, S., Lee, S., & Sen, S. (2010). Expectations of Filial Obligation, and Preferences for Future Housing among Middle-Aged and Older Asian Indian Immigrants. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology. DOI 10.1007/s10823-010-9134-6.

Lee, S., Diwan, S., & Yeo, G. (2010). Causal Attributions of Dementia among Korean American Immigrants. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 53: 8, 743—759.

Lee, S., Lee, H. & Diwan, S. (2009). What do Korean American Immigrants know about Alzheimer’s disease (AD)? The impact of acculturation and exposure to the disease on AD knowledge. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 25(1), 66-73.

Diwan, S., Hougham, G., & Sachs, G. (2009). Patterns of grieving among spouses and adult children over the course of caregiving for dementia patients. Clinical Gerontologist, 32(4) 358-370.

Diwan, S. (2008). Limited English proficiency, patterns of social integration, and depressive symptoms among older Asian Indian immigrants in the U.S. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 63B (3), S184-S191.

Diwan, S. & Wertheimer, M. (2007). Aging services or Services to the Aging? Focus of university-community curriculum development partnership to increase awareness of aging issues in social work practice. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 50(1/2), 187-204.

Jonnalagadda, S. & Diwan, S. (2005). Health behaviors, chronic disease prevalence, and self-rated health of older Asian Indian immigrants in the U.S. Journal of Immigrant Health, 7(2), 75-83.

Diwan, S., Hougham, G., & Sachs, G. (2004). Strain experienced by caregivers of dementia patients receiving palliative care: Findings from the Palliative Excellence in Alzheimer’s Care Efforts (PEACE) program. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 7(6), 797-807.

Diwan, S., Jonnalagadda, S., & Balaswamy, S. (2004). Resources predicting positive and negative affect when experiencing stressful life events: A study of older Asian Indian immigrants in the U.S. The Gerontologist, 44(5), 605-614.

Diwan, S., Shugarman, L., & Fries, B. (2004). Problem identification and care plan responses in a home and community-based services program. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 23(3), 193-211.

Weissert, W., Hirth, R., Chernew, M., Diwan, S., & Kim, J. (2003). Case Management: Effects of improved risk and value information. The Gerontologist, 43(6), 797-805.

Phillips, V.L. & Diwan, S. (2003). The incremental effect of dementia-related problem behaviors on the time to nursing home placement among poor, frail, demented elderly. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 51(2), 188-193.