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Justice in Aging creates fellowship with LTSS Center to focus on data and equity

Justice in Aging, a national legal advocacy nonprofit that fights senior poverty through law, has formed an innovative partnership with the Gerontology Institute’s LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston to support research while enhancing the nonprofit’s capacity to interpret data. The… Continue Reading →

Gerontology names Stokes, Song directors of graduate and undergraduate programs

The UMass Boston Department of Gerontology has named Jeffrey Stokes, PhD, assistant professor of gerontology and current director of the undergraduate aging studies program, as the graduate program director, overseeing the gerontology doctoral program. A quantitative sociologist, Stokes joined the… Continue Reading →

Cohen’s Moving Forward Coalition committee releases action plan on nursing home improvement

In 2022, the Moving Forward Nursing Home Quality Coalition asked Marc Cohen to co-lead one of its seven committees created as part of a two-year national initiative to improve nursing home quality. Cohen, co-director of the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass… Continue Reading →

Gerontology department welcomes Sung Park

The UMass Boston Department of Gerontology welcomes Sung S. Park, PhD, as our newest faculty member. Park is a sociologist and social demographer interested in how institutional factors and social relationships contribute to population-level racial and ethnic inequalities in older… Continue Reading →

LTSS Center awarded $630,000 contract to develop tool that measures impact of participatory research

Researchers at the LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston have received a $630,000 award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to conduct a study entitled: “Measurement Matters: Refining and Validating a PCOR Engagement Measure.” “Our two-year project is an ambitious… Continue Reading →

Environmental gerontology researcher and practitioner Mary Frances DeRose shares field with MAS students

Mary Frances De Rose was pursuing a career in architecture and health policy, with a focus possibly on the design of healthcare facilities, when a family member was diagnosed with dementia. Drawing on her knowledge of product design and interior… Continue Reading →

‘Treat employees as assets’: Dan O’Leary shares nearly four decades of management wisdom with MAS students

Dan O’Leary entered the aging services field by happenstance nearly 50 years ago. He was fresh out of school with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s in international relations. Facing a tight job market in the Boston… Continue Reading →

Gerontology programs to join health sciences college on July 1, 2023

UMass Boston’s gerontology program—including the academic department, research institute, and four centers—will join the Robert and Donna Manning College of Nursing and Health Sciences on July 1, 2023. The transition comes as part of a campus-wide reorganization effort led over… Continue Reading →

Photo album: May 2023 ceremony for graduate students

We celebrated five new gerontology PhDs and our newest master’s degree alumni at the UMass Boston graduate commencement ceremony on May 24, 2023. (Ngai Kwan, PhD ’23, could not attend the ceremony.) Learn more about our newest doctoral alumni and… Continue Reading →

Honoring older adults

Each May, the Administration for Community Living leads the nation’s observance of Older Americans Month. For May 2023, UMass Boston Gerontology joined in the celebration by sharing stories of some of our favorite older adults. Betty-Jane ScheffLincoln, Massachusetts “Aunt B-J… Continue Reading →

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