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Faith Pratt Hopp, Ph.D., M.S.W., assistant professor of social work in Wayne State University's School of Social Work, recognizes that advanced chronic diseases such as heart failure and diabetes have as many psychological implications as they do medical. Hopp conducts qualitative and quantitative research to understand the experience of those with advanced chronic illness, as well as their caregivers, with the purpose of identifying coping strategies and developing interventions. Her most recent studies were funded by a $100,000 grant from the John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Program. The research was done in the context of the social worker Ð a job she describes as an art.