MGS Alum Dena Schulman-Green, PhD
PhD in Gerontology, 2002
- Gerontologist, Yale University, School of Medicine
Dena Schulman-Green, PhD, is a gerontologist at the Yale School of Medicine. Her main research interests relate to end-of-life care. She earned a BA in psychology from Boston University in 1992, an EdM and an MA in counseling psychology from Columbia University in 1994, and an MS and a PhD in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts in 1999 and 2002, respectively. Schulman-Green accepted a post-doc position at Yale in January of 2002 to study breast cancer and end-of-life issues. She joined the faculty in the summer of 2003.
Schulman-Green's research has focused on clinician education in palliative and end-of-life care; evaluation of hospice and palliative care services and quality of care on local and national levels; patient, family caregiver, and clinician use and experience with hospice and communication of end-of-life issues; and quality of life among women with breast, ovarian, or other gynecological cancers. She is currently researching how patients manage care transitions at the end of life given the possibilities of lack of information about non-curative treatment options and limited communication with clinicians. She is developing and testing educational-support materials to help women with breast cancer develop the ability to ask questions about their disease, its prognosis, and care options, and to communicate with medical providers and family caregivers about their preferences for care.
Schulman-Green is active with the Yale Cancer Center, the Yale Program on Aging, and the Interdisciplinary Geriatric Research Center at the School of Medicine. Among her other honors, she received the 2004 Research Award from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization.