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Undergraduate gerontology program gets new name, new leader

Jeff Stokes named director of Aging Studies undergraduate program Jeff Stokes may be as excited about returning to campus this fall as any student looking forward to a fresh new school year. Stokes, PhD, an assistant professor of gerontology at… 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 →

‘So responsive’: A Pension Action Center success story

It took navigating a company merger, the sale of pension assets, and COVID work absences, but a volunteer counselor at UMass Boston’s Pension Action Center was able to track down and recover a client’s pension benefits. It has taken a… 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 →

Book examines insights, lessons learned from COVID-19

Policymakers, researchers, and practitioners will gain insights from a new collection of original research and perspectives on the ramifications of COVID-19 for the older adult population. The COVID-19 Pandemic and Older Adults: Experiences, Impacts, and Innovations (Taylor & Francis Publishing,… Continue Reading →

Meet a researcher: Jeffrey Burr

For most of his 23 years at UMass Boston, Jeffrey Burr, PhD, has worked as an administrator in addition to teaching and conducting research on aging issues. From the State University of New York at Buffalo, Burr came to campus… Continue Reading →

Meet a Researcher: Jeffrey Stokes

Social scientist focuses on aging, family relationships, and health The COVID-19 pandemic has exaggerated—and brought greater awareness of—the challenges of social isolation for older adults. Jeffrey Stokes is interested in a related, and timeless, challenge: loneliness. For married older adults,… Continue Reading →

A Busy Summer: Fellowship Gave UMB Gerontology PhD Student a Role in Boston’s Efforts to Back Housing With Services for Older Adults

How can cities analyze the costs of providing supportive housing for older adults and evaluate proposals from developers seeking municipal support?  The not-so-surprising answer: It’s complicated. Ask Setarreh Massihzadegan, who began her second year in UMass Boston’s Gerontology PhD program… 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 →

Dean David Cash announces retirement of Institute Director Len Fishman

I write to announce that Len Fishman, after serving seven years as director of the Gerontology Institute at the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, will be retiring on August 31. A nationally recognized leader in health care… Continue Reading →

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