IPE Profile

Jillian Graves


Jillian Graves is an associate professor of Social Work and the co-director of the Center for Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice.

How and why did you get involved?

When I came to Eastern Michigan after finishing my PhD program at Bryn Mawr in Pennsylvania, I wanted to get to know people outside my department and in general, get involved with an academic endeavor in my college. I started by getting involved with the IPE Mentors program and then the IPE Scholars program.  After that, i was hooked. 

What do you believe are the benefits?

As I've stated above, the best part has been working and collaborating with other people in other departments. I feel like IPE activities facilitates a sense of community.  Students have generally appreciated it and I think it gives them a chance to learn how to be assertive and cooperative in a team setting, which is essential.

What has been the most memorable experience or highlight of teaching IPE so far?

It's all been great but my favorite has been combining classes with my colleague, Alankrita Pandey, from the school of business. We had management and social work students communicate about mental health challenges in a grocery store. Ensuring employee well-being is a very real issue for managers and HR people working in retail environments and I feel like we offered a students an opportunity to understand each other better.


Selected IPE-focused Journal Articles & Book Chapters: 

Graves, J., Roche, R., Washington, V., & Sonnega, J. (2020). Assessing and improving students’  collaborative skills using a mental health simulation: A pilot study. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1080/13561820.2020.1763277

Graves, J. & Pandey (2022, August 20-22). Using IPE Simulation for Social Work and Business Students in Non-healthcare settings in the Era of COVID. Nexus Summit 2022. Minneapolis, MN.

Graves, J. & Washington, V. (2017, August 21-23).Assessing and Improving Students’ Collaborative Skills Using a Mental Health Simulation: A Pilot Study, NEXUS Summit 2017, Minneapolis, MN. 

Graves, J. and Washington, V., (2017, Sept.) Assessing and Improving Students’ Collaborative Skills Using a Mental Health Simulation: A Pilot Study [Poster] 2018 Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education and Research Center (MIPERC). Grand Rapids, MI

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