Dr. L. Ashley Gage



Assistant Professor
Social Work
Wood 5


  • Doctor of Philosophy Social Work, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO June 2014
  • Masters of Social Work, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO May 2009
  • Bachelors of Arts Psychology, Columbia College, Columbia, MO May 2006

Dr. Ashley Gage, Assistant Professor of Social Work, earned her PhD from the University of Missouri in 2014 and her Master of Social Work from the University of Missouri in 2009. Dr. Gage teaches Social Work Methods of Inquiry and Evaluation for Social Workers, Social Work Practice: Interventions with Communities and Organizations, Social Policy and Economic Justice, and other courses across the curriculum. Her research interests focus on medical social work, with particular emphasis on end of life. Dr. Gage is currently conducting research evaluating the use of Mental Health First Aid.


Selected Publications

Parker-Oliver, D., Patel, S., Benson, J., Gage, L.A., Washington, K., Kruse, R., & Demiris, G. (2017). The effect of Internet group support for caregivers on social support, self- efficacy, and caregiver burden: A meta-analysis. Telemedicine and E-Health, 23(8), 621-629doi: 10.1089/tmj.2016.0183. 

 Gage, L.A., Washington, K., Parker-Oliver, D., Lewis, A., & Demiris, G. (2016). Family members’ experience with hospice in nursing homes. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 33(4), 354-362doi: 10.1177/1049909114560213

 Gage, L.A. (2012). What deficits in knowledge exist among women with cystic fibrosis? A systematic review. Health and Social Work, 37(1), 29-36doi: 10.1093/hsw/hls003 


Selected Presentations

Death Cafes: Making death a comfortable conversation. Presented at the 27th Annual Caring for the Frail Elderly Conference. Columbia, MO. 

“A Facebook Support Group for Bereaved Hospice Caregivers: Psychosocial and Technical Lessons Learned.” National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization’s 14th Clinical Team Conference and Pediatric Intensive: Innovation and Excellence, Kansas City, MO. 


Selected Posters

“Pregnancy Intention Among Women with Cystic Fibrosis.” Gage, L.A. Presented at the 2014 North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. 

“Beads For Breath: Impact of an Art in Health Program on Coping and Adherence in Children Living with Cystic Fibrosis.” Nelson, K.L., Finn, A., & Gage. L.A., & Acton, J. 2013 North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference. Salt Lake City, UT



Mental Health First Aid Instructor


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