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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 →

Meet a researcher: Jan Mutchler

Many of the doctoral students who have worked with Jan Mutchler over the years tell her they came to gerontology one of two ways—either they were close to a grandparent as they were growing up, or they worked with older… Continue Reading →

Panel examines racial disparities in retirement savings

Quantifying the racial wealth gap in retirement financial security, why it exists, and possible solutions were the topics of a panel presentation, “Race, Retirement and Financial Security,” presented on June 23 by the Pension Action Center and cosponsored by the… Continue Reading →

Institute Director Jan Mutchler discusses public engaged scholarship on diversity and equity

Reposted from a May 16, 2022 UMass Boston news post In August 2021, Jan Mutchler, PhD, was appointed director of the Gerontology Institute, succeeding former director Len Fishman, who retired after seven years of service. In considering how she may… 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 →

UMass Boston Gerontology Program Creates Doctoral Scholarship Focused on Under-Represented Communities

Frank Caro Scholarship for Social Justice in Aging honors former gerontology department chair, journal editor, and mentor The Gerontology Institute and Department of Gerontology at UMass Boston have created a scholarship for doctoral students who are dedicated to prioritizing under-represented… Continue Reading →

Professor Edward Miller Recognized with the 2021 GPD Award for Outstanding Student Mentorship

Editors note: This story was originally produced by the McCormack Graduate School and appeared on the UMass Boston News web pages. The study of aging and the practice of mentorship have many things in common – perhaps none more pronounced… Continue Reading →

New School Year, New Leadership at UMass Boston Gerontology Program

Gerontology students at the University of Massachusetts Boston are returning to school, greeted by some familiar faces in new leadership roles. Professor Edward Alan Miller is the new chair of the UMass Boston Gerontology Department, succeeding professor Jeffrey Burr. Professor… Continue Reading →

The Pandemic’s Long-Term Impacts on Food Insecurity Among Older Adults, and the Benefit of Federal Help

A tragic aspect of the pandemic’s prolonged economic downturn – the rising rate of food insecurity in the United States – could impact older, poorer adults and their families for years to come, according to a study by researchers at… Continue Reading →

Q&A with Jo Owens, author of A Funny Kind of Paradise

Jo Owens became a nursing home aide in Canada out of a need for money, and came away with her calling. And from that experience, the pain and the human glory, came her debut novel A Funny Kind of Paradise,… Continue Reading →

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