UMass Boston Gerontology PhD student Kristen Porter received the 2013 Graduate Student Paper Award from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) at their annual meeting earlier this month.
In her paper titled, “Do LGBT aging trainings effectuate positive change in mainstream elder service providers,” Porter studied service providers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) older adults and concluded that trainings on LGBT aging can improve providers’ knowledge, attitudes and behavioral intentions. Specific improvements included awareness of LGBT resources, barrier to care and policy disparities, expansion of spousal benefits for same sex couples, and the intention to challenge homophobic and transphobic remarks.
This prestigious award recognizes excellence in scholarly work by a student at an AGHE member institution. The winning paper is selected by a committee based on its significance in the field of gerontology, innovation, approach, implications for gerontology and geriatrics education, and writing style.