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Carol Mauck

Clinical Assistant Professor

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(217) 300-3415

School of Social Work

1010 W. Nevada St.

Urbana, IL 61801

Office 2052

Areas of focus

Social Innovation


SOCW 417A: Dementia Care for Older Adults

What I Do

Immediately after graduating, I began my career with the State of Illinois, Department of Children and Family Services, working specifically with foster care placements coupled with training and child protective services. After nearly seven years at DCSF, I demonstrated my entrepreneurial skills by establishing a consulting business in Social Work, Activities, and Psychosocial Consulting Services focusing on long term care facilities throughout Illinois.  As the founder and president of this business, I employed other social workers in providing consulting services to older adults residing in Illinois facilities. During this time, I taught continuing education seminars at healthcare conferences and conventions regarding the needs of aging adults and participated on State appointed program committees for older adults in residential care. My passions of caring for older adults culminated in the founding of a successful adult day center where I served as president and owner for seventeen years.

During this time, I expanded my teaching career to adjunct lecturing at the University of Illinois School of Social Work. Recently, I sold my adult day center business and now teaches full-time at the School of Social Work.


  • Associate of Arts, majoring in theatre- Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri. She transferred to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she received her
  • Bachelor’s in Sociology- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Master’s in Social Work- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Carol Mauck’s previous study, “Krannert Art Museum Social Engagement Program: Art Stimulation for People Living with Dementia”, is in the finale data analysis. This qualitative study focuses on the use of various art mediums to socially engage individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and other related dementias. Art is taken to residents in a dementia specific facility to engage them both individually and as a group. The data collected measures individual responses to all forms of art, mood before and after viewing the art, and social engagement with the art. Carol is interested in exploring new interventions and care models to meet the demands of the rapidly growing dementia population. Therefore, her current research design is “Use of Robotic Therapalz Companion Animals as a Behavior Redirection for Persons with Dementia”. With a growing interest in technology of care and treatment interventions for older adults, this supports the current research emphasis in aging. The pilot study data has been collected in Canada and in the initial data analysis stage.

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