Ph.D., Social Work, Wayne State University, Dual Title in Gerontology
MSW, Social Work, University of Michigan, Aging Fellow, Concentrations: Interpersonal Practice
BS, Special Education, Wayne State University
Marsack-Topolewski, C. N. (2020). A snapshot of social support networks among parental caregivers of adults with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-019-04285-6
Marsack-Topolewski, C. N., & Weisz, A. (2020). Parents’ perceptions of service needs and access of adult children with autism spectrum disorder. Families in Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/1044389419881273
Marsack-Topolewski, C. N. & Wilson, K. (2020- In Press). Coping strategies used by aging parental caregivers of adults with autism spectrum disorder. Families in Society.
Whitney, D. G., Caird, M. S., Jepsen, K. J., Ng, S., Kamdar, N. S., Marsack-Topolewski, C. N., Hurvitz, E.A., Peterson, M.D. (2020). Increased fracture fracture risk for adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Bone, 130. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bone.2019.115080
Lee, J. M., Kim, J., Hong, J. S., & Marsack-Topolewski, C. (2020). From bully victimization to aggressive behavior: Applying the problem behavior theory, theory of stress and coping, and general strain theory to explore potential pathways. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0886260519884679
Chan, K. T., Marsack-Topolewski, C. N. (2020). Gender differences in adolescent opioid misuse and major depressive episodes. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-019-00642-7
Graves, J., Marsack-Topolewski, C. N., & Shapiro, J. (2020). Emerging adult siblings of people with schizophrenia: Experiences with family crisis. The Journal of Family Issues. https://doi.org/10.1177/0192513X20905327
Chan, K. T., Moller, M., Marsack-Topolewski, C. N., Winston, P., & Jennings, R. (2020). Age differences in the relationship of opioid misuse and serious mental illness across the lifespan. Substance Use and Misuse. https://doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2020.1765808
Hershey, L., Kelly, A. M., & Marsack-Topolewski, C. N. (2020- In Press). Five potential positives for implementing guardianship policies in special needs planning. Journal of Financial Service Professionals.
Kelly, A. M., Hershey, L., & Marsack-Topolewski, C. N. (2020- In Press). Five possible pitfalls for implementing guardianship policies in special needs planning. Journal of Financial Service Professionals.
Kelly, A. M., Hershey, L., & Marsack-Topolewski, C. N. (2020- In Press). A 50-state review of guardianship laws: Specific concerns for special needs planning. Journal of Financial Service Professionals.
Janicki, M., Johnson, N., Marsack-Topolewksi, C. N., & Keller, S. (2019). Toward a Research Agenda on the Impact of Dementia Upon Caregivers of Adults with Intellectual Disability. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities.
Marsack-Topolewski, C. N. & Graves, J. (2019). "I Worry about his Future!": The Delay in Future Planning for Adult Children with ASD. Journal of Family Work. doi: 10.1080/10522158.2019.1578714
Marsack-Topolewski, C. N. & Church, H. L. (2019). Impact of Caregiver Burden on Quality of Life for Parents of Adult Children with ASD. The American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 124(2), 145-156. doi: 10.1352/1944-7558-124.2.145
Marsack, C.N., and Perry, T.E. (2017) Aging in place in every community: Social exclusion experiences of parents of adult children with autism spectrum disorder. Research on Aging. doi:10.1177/0164027517717044
Marsack, C.N., and Samuel, P.S. (2017). Mediating effects of social support on quality of life for parents of adults with autism. Journal of Autism and Development Disorders, 47(8), 2378–2389. doi:10.1007/s10803-017-3157-6
Samuel, P.S., Tarraf, W., and Marsack, C.N. (2017). Family quality of life survey (FQOLS- 2006): Evaluation of internal consistency, construct and criterion validity for socioeconomically disadvantaged families. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 31(1), 1–18. doi:10.1080/01942638.2017.1311393
Samuel, P.S., Marsack, C.N., Johnson, L.A., and Lichtenberg, P.A. (2017). Grandchild caregiving impact on African American grandparents. Occupational Therapy in Health Care, 31(1), 1–19. doi:10.1080/07380577.2016.1243821
Brisebois, K., Trzcinski, E. and, Marsack, C. (2015). The relationship between caseworker assessments of clients’ social networks and child welfare placement outcomes. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 18(2), 90–105. doi: 10.1606/1044-3894.2015.96.4
Hopp, F.P., Marsack, C., Camp, J.K., and Thomas, S. (2014). Go to the hospital or stay at home? A qualitative study of expected hospital decision making among African Americans with advanced heart failure. The Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 57, 4–23. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2013.848966
SWRK 450 Social Work Practice with Women and Girls
SWRK 478/591 Social Work Practice with Persons Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder
SWRK 488L4 Field Experience I
SWRK 489L4 Field Experience II
IHHS 260 Aging to Infancy: A Life Course
Areas of Interest
Disability and aging
Quality of life and caregiving
School-based services for students with disabilities
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Special Education teacher consultant and teacher in the public school system (10 years)
Counseling for kids, adolescents, and families
Dissertation Title: An Examination of Quality of Life of Parents of Adult Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Conducted a national follow-up qualitative study using one-on-one interviews with parents of adult children diagnosed with autism
Current research is focused on parents and grandparents of children and adults with disabilities.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Michigan
Teacher Consultant Approval, State of Michigan
Professional Teaching Certificate - Michigan (K-5 Elementary; K-8; All Subjects Self-Contained; SA Endorsement; K-12 Cognitive Impairments)
Professional Association Memberships
AGESW chapter member
Gerontological Society of America chapter member
International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities