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Meet a researcher: Caitlin Coyle, PhD ’14

Unlike many of her colleagues, Caitlin Coyle, PhD ’14, found the field of gerontology early in her studies. As an undergraduate at The Ohio State University, she assisted a doctoral candidate in health psychology with collecting data that was used… Continue Reading →

Debby Dodds, MAS ’14, is pioneering the use of technology to improve memory care

Alumna returns to Management of Aging Services master‘s program this semester to teach Technology & Aging When she enrolled in UMass Boston Gerontology’s Management of Aging Services master’s program, Debby Dodds was working in technology and helping her mother, who… Continue Reading →

Kirsten Corazzini, PhD ’00: Changing the aging narrative, nurturing the next generation of scholars

Looking back, Kirsten Corazzini isn’t surprised that she has built her career in gerontology. For starters, “I was always the kid who had zero interest in babysitting but loved the opportunity to volunteer in a nursing home,” she says. In… Continue Reading →

Meet a researcher: Jane Tavares

Jane Tavares, PhD ‘18, always saw herself working with older people. Her Portuguese grandparents lived with her when she was growing up, so she watched them age and saw her family members pitch in with their care. Thinking she’d end… Continue Reading →

Caitlin Coyle named director of Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging

Caitlin Coyle, PhD ’14, has been appointed director of the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging (CSDRA) at UMass Boston’s Gerontology Institute. She succeeds Jan Mutchler, PhD, the center’s founding director. Mutchler was named director of the Gerontology… Continue Reading →

Fitzgerald to lead NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva at the United Nations

Kelly Fitzgerald, PhD ‘08, has been named chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing – Geneva at the United Nations. From her home in Zurich, Switzerland, she has served as the committee’s vice chair over the last eight years, working… Continue Reading →

Gerontology alumna helping Ukrainian refugees in Switzerland

June 2022 update from Kelly Fitzgerald: A & O, the Ukrainian women who fled Kiev and resettled near Zurich with Kelly Fitzgerald’s help, continue to settle in. They are finding small jobs, like packing strawberries, she reports. Transportation is expensive,… Continue Reading →

Alumni news: Promotions, service, awards, and research

NYU College of Nursing names Bei Wu vice dean for research The Rory Meyers College of Nursing at New York University has named Bei Wu, MS ‘97, PhD ’00, its vice dean for research. Wu has served as inaugural co-director… Continue Reading →

Reach Out and Get in Touch: a task force’s mission in Massachusetts

In “Reach out and get in touch: a task force’s mission in Massachusetts,” our Dr. Caitlin Coyle spoke with the New York Times about the Task Force to End Loneliness and Build Community, the Commit to Connect campaign, and social… Continue Reading →

100th Dissertation Celebrated by UMass Boston’s Gerontology Program

One in Five Gerontology PhDs are earned at UMass Boston The Gerontology program at UMass Boston (UMB) has recognized a significant milestone: its 100th dissertation defense. With the COVID-19 pandemic still requiring most academic work conducted remotely, Krystal Kittle defended… Continue Reading →

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