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Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education names gerontology PhD students junior leaders

UMass Boston gerontology doctoral students Shan Qu and Yan-Jhu Su are serving as junior leaders of the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), a program of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Qu, a first-year junior leader, is in… 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 →

UMB Gerontology represents at GSA 22

A large contingent of UMass Boston gerontology students, faculty, and staff presented more than 50 talks and posters and collected awards at the 2022 annual scientific meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, held in early November in Indianapolis. For… Continue Reading →

Doctoral candidate publishes in The Gerontologist on promise and challenges of paratransit

Research that gerontology doctoral candidate Shayna Gleason, MS, began as an independent study project was recently published by The Gerontologist. In her article, “Challenges and Visions for the Future Among Paratransit Providers,” co-authored with faculty member Nina Silverstein, PhD, Gleason… Continue Reading →

Meet our first-year doctoral students

We’re excited to welcome these students as they embark on their gerontology PhD studies in the fall of 2022. Magdalen A. Balz Hometown or country: Salem, MAEducation: MS, Speech, Language and Hearing SciencesCurrent research interests: cognitive healthy and cognitive decline… Continue Reading →

Gerontology welcomes Jaqueline Contrera Avila to faculty

The Department of Gerontology welcomes Jaqueline Contrera Avila, PhD, to campus this fall as our newest faculty member. Avila is a population health researcher with experience in U.S. and Latin America population-based data. Her research interests include the social determinants… Continue Reading →

Frank Caro scholarship fund may grow to two doctoral awards

A doctoral scholarship fund created in 2021 by the Gerontology Institute and Department of Gerontology at UMass Boston is growing quickly, surpassing its original goal and opening the possibility of offering awards to two doctoral students. The scholarship honors Frank… Continue Reading →

Three doctoral students honored for scholarship, service

UMass Boston gerontology faculty have awarded three doctoral students with annual departmental honors. The 2021-2022 school year honorees are: Book (Dissertation) Award: Meghan Hendricksen Scholarship Award: Shayna Gleason Service Award: Alison Rataj The Book Award Committee chose Meghan Hendricksen for… Continue Reading →

Coping with COVID-related transitions: A PhD student’s perspective

By Yan-Jhu Su, UMB gerontology doctoral student Reprinted with permission from the April 2022 Gerontology News The year of 2021 wasn’t a typical year for students. First, it was the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, for me as… Continue Reading →

Seeking impact: Two new gerontology PhDs share their experiences, goals

In early March 2022, Claire Wickersham and Meghan Hendricksen successfully defended their UMass Boston gerontology doctoral dissertations. The two new PhDs faced the added challenge of researching and writing their dissertations during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Dissertations are inherently isolating, so… Continue Reading →

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