Faculty & Staff

Elizabeth Dugan, PhD

  • Associate Professor, Department of Gerontology, McCormack Graduate School
  • Telephone: 617.287.7382
  • Office Location: Wheatley Hall, 3rd Floor, Room 96

Areas of Expertise

Older drivers and state policy, healthy aging, psychological outcomes


PhD, University of North Carolina Greensboro
MA, University of South Florida
BA, University of Central Florida

Additional Information

Prior to joining UMass Boston, Elizabeth Dugan taught public health sciences at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, geriatric medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and was a senior research scientist at the New England Research Institutes. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section.

Her senior transportation research focuses on state policies related to older driver safety and issues related to the medical fitness to drive. Her research on healthy aging is developing and reporting indicators of healthy aging and investigating the role of community factors that contribute to healthy aging.

Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, the National Eye Institute, The Borchard Foundation Center for Law and Aging, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Retirement Research Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Tufts Health Plan Foundation.

Her scholarship, including her book, The Driving Dilemma: The Complete Resource Guide for Older Drivers and Their Families, generates regular media coverage on ABC's Good Morning America, CBS Evening News, the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, the Boston Globe,, and other media outlets.

Dugan is a frequent speaker at community events, senior centers, and staff training opportunities related to older drivers. In addition, she has provided expert testimony and written briefs for state legislators across the nation.


Curriculum Vitae


Videos of Professor Dugan:

Gerontology Institute Receives Grant to Expand Healthy Aging Project

Healthy Aging in the Commonwealth: Highlights Video

Older Driver Safety Summit: Opening General Session

Good Morning America: The Driving Dilemma