Faculty & Staff

Nina Silverstein, PhD

Professor, Department of Gerontology, McCormack Graduate School


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PhD, Heller Graduate School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare, Brandeis University

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Nina M. Silverstein is a professor of gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston, Department of Gerontology.  She received her PhD in 1980 from Brandeis University, a graduate of the Heller School. Her innovative approach to action research and service learning has been nationally recognized and contributed to the designation of the Frank J. Manning Certificate program as a Program of Merit by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). Dr. Silverstein integrates research, practice, and orientation to professional role into her teaching. An article co-authored with students, Students explore livable communities, received the 2010 David A. Peterson award from the journal, Gerontology and Geriatrics Education; a 2015 article in the same journal, Students explore supportive transportation for older adults describes qualitative interviews with leaders in transportation options. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and past Chair of the Social Research Policy and Practice section (SRPP); and current President of AGHE. In 2014, she received the Friedsam award for mentorship from AGHE. She is a member of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) ANB60 Committee on Safe Mobility for Older Adults. She co-authored two books: Dementia and Wandering Behavior: Concern for the Lost Elder and Improving Hospital Care for Persons with Dementia (Springer Publishing: NY).  In 2009, she was Co-Investigator on a 3-year Alzheimer’s Association-funded study with colleagues at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI):  Fitness to Drive in Early Stage Dementia:  An Instrumented Vehicle Study. She co-developed an online graduate course, Introduction to Senior Transportation and a professional certificate in Organizing and Managing Senior Transportation Options that has been offered through UMass Boston since 2013.

Her research interests focus on transportation and aging with an emphasis on persons with dementia.

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