School of Health Sciences Social Work

Jarod Giger

Jarod Giger
Assistant Professor
Social Work, School of Health Sciences
UMS Lee Med/Sanford School of Medicine 367
Phone: 605-357-1353
Jarod T. Giger attended the the University of Missouri School of Social Work where he received his PhD.
Teaching Interests:
Direct practice and intervention skills in social work. Human behavior in the social environment and personality theories in the social context. Social work research and modern robust statistics.
Research Interests:
Smart home technology for health services. Remote patient monitoring. Privacy issues, confidentiality and acceptance of smart home technology among persons with disabilities and their caregivers.
  • Rural Health Fellowship, Rural Health, National Rural Health Association, 2013
  • Ph D, Social Work, University of Missouri, 2010
  • MSW, Social Work, Southern Illinois University, 2001
  • BA, Psychology, Southern Illinois University, 1999
  • International Survey of Children's Well-Being, (2012)
  • Passive sleep monitoring to assess sleep and cognition in older adults, WellAware Systems, Inc, (2012 - 2013)
  • Rural College Student Teledermatology Acceptance and Satisfaction with the SkinMDNow App, University of South Dakota, Junior Investigator SEED Grant
  • South Dakota Survey of Children's Well-Being, (2012)
  • Technology acceptance among older adults using remote health monitoring technology, Good Samaritain Society and State of SD , (2013 - 2014)
  • AARP Foundation Connecting to Community Pilot. University of South Dakota Volunteer and Programmatic Coordination, The Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, (2014 - 2015)
  • Children’s Health and Well-Being in Rural Areas
  • An Interdisciplinary Student Teaching Innovation: A Health Science and Arts and Sciences Teaching Synergy , University of South Dakota Provost Teaching Innovation Fund
  • A Non-Invasive and Passive Technology Intervention Assessing Sleep and Cognition in Inpatient Older Adults, WellAWARE Systems
  • Older Adults with Visual Impairment: Enhancing Daily Behavior with Tablet Computers, CBBRe Research Enhancement Pilot Grant , (2015 - 2016)
  • Older Adults with Low Vision: Technology and the User Experience, University of South Dakota School of Health Sciences, (2013 - 2014)
  • Determinants of Care & Life Quality in American Indian Women with Cervical Cancer, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under award number U54MD008164 (by Elliott) , (2014 - 2015)
  • Smart Home Technology Facilitates Telehealth & Independence, USD Governor's Technology Funds, (2012 - 2013)
  • Mental health literacy among rural older adults, University of South Dakota, (2012 - 2013)
  • Anytime, Anywhere, Model Learning Systems and Technology Tools, NSF
  • From Disparities Research to Disparities Interventions, National Institute on Drug Abuse R13 scientific conference grant (with additional support provided by National Institute of Mental Health MH and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and the University of South Florida College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, (2010 - 2011)
  • Castella, J., Casas, F., Bedin, L., Strelhow, R., Abs, D., Gross-Manos, D., Giger, J. T., Material Resources and Children´s Well-being in Eight Countries, ISCI Children Worlds.
  • Newland, L., Lawler, M. J., Giger, J. T., Roh, S., Carr, E., Predictors of Children’s Subjective Well-Being in Rural Communities of the United States, Child Indicators Research. (DOI: 10.1007/s12187-014-9287-x)
  • Giger, J. T., Pope, N. D., Vogt, H., Gutierrez, C., Newland, L., Lemke, J., Lawler, M. J., Remote Patient Monitoring Acceptance Trends among Older Adults Residing in a Frontier State , Computers in Human Behavior.
  • Smallfield, S., Haag, B., Poston, A., Giger, J. T., Anderson, W. D., (2014), Promoting social participation: Teaching technology to older adults., OT Practice, vol. 19, iss. 14, pp. 13-16.
  • Newland, L., Giger, J. T., Lawler, M. J., Carr, E. R., Dykstra, E. A., Roh, S., (2014), Subjective well-being for children in a rural community , Journal of Social Service Research, vol. 40, iss. 5, pp. 642-661. (DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2014.917450)
  • Newland, L., Lawler, M. J., Giger, J. T., Roh, S., Melmer, R., , , (2013), Yankton School District: Results from the South Dakota Survey of Children's Well-Being (SDSCWeB) .
  • Seefeldt, T., Mort, J., Brockevelt, B., Giger, J. T., Jordre, B., Lawler, M. J., Nilson, W., Svien, L., , (2012), A Pilot Study of Interprofessional Case Discussions for Health Professions Students Using the Virtual World Second Life., Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, vol. 4, pp. 224-231.
  • Lawler, M. J., LaPlante, K., Giger, J. T., Norris, D., (2012), Overrepresentation of Native American children in foster care: An independent construct? , Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, vol. 21, iss. 2, pp. 95-110. (DOI: 10.1080/15313204.2012.647344)
  • Giger, J. T., Markward, M., (2011), The Need to Know Caregiver Perspectives Toward Using Smart Home Technology, Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, vol. 10, iss. 2, pp. 96-114. (DOI: 10.1080/1536710X.2011.571529 )
  • Zhou, Z., Dai, W., Eggert, J., Giger, J. T., Keller, J., Rantz, M., He, Z., (2009), A real-time system for in-home activity monitoring of elders., Proceedings from the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Annual International Conference of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), p. 6115–6118. (DOI: 10.1109/IEMBS.2009.5333897)
  • Demiris, G., Parker-Oliver, D., Giger, J. T., Marge, S., Marilyn, R., (2009), Older adults' privacy considerations for vision based recognition methods of eldercare applications. , Technology and Health Care, vol. 17, iss. 1, pp. 41-48. (DOI: doi: 10.3233/THC-2009-0530)
  • Wang, F., Stone, E., Dai, W., Banerjee, T., Giger, J. T., Krampe, J., Rantz, M., Skubic, M., (2009), Testing an in-home gait assessment tool for older adults, Proceedings from the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Annual International Conference of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), pp. 6147-6150. (DOI: 10.1109/IEMBS.2009.5334915 )
Awards and Honors:
  • USD Philanthropy Project Donation, Anonyomous student donation on my behalf, 2013
  • Successful completion of 2012 Nationa Rural Health Fellows Program, National Rural Health Association (NRHA), 2013
  • National Rural Health Associate (NHRA) Rural Health Fellow Program of 2012, National Rural Health Associate (NHRA), 2011
  • NAMI Sioux Falls Awards Ceremony, South Dakota Sioux Falls National Alliance on Mental Illness, 2010