Kathrin Boerner Joins UMass Boston’s Department of Gerontology

McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies | April 24, 2014
Kathrin Boerner

Kathrin Boerner
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Trained as a psychologist, Dr. Boerner will add nicely to the interdisciplinary mix of our faculty.



A senior research scientist at the Jewish Home Lifecare Research Institute on Aging and an associate professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, Kathrin Boerner has accepted a new position as an associate professor of gerontology at the McCormack Graduate School.

“On behalf of my faculty colleagues and staff, as well as the students in the Gerontology Department, I want to say how pleased we are that Dr. Kathrin Boerner will be joining us in fall 2014,” says Jeffrey Burr, department chair. “Dr. Boerner brings a wealth of research experience in the areas of mental health and aging, family caregiving and support needs, the long-term care workforce, and end-of-life and bereavement issues. Her expertise in mixed-methods research techniques will be especially important in helping our department train the next generation of researchers and policymakers. Trained as a psychologist, Dr. Boerner will add nicely to the interdisciplinary mix of our faculty.”

Boerner completed her PhD in psychology at the Free University of Berlin in 2000; her dissertation research focused on family dynamics following parental loss.  She has earned grants from the National Institute on Aging and National Institute on Mental Health as well as from foundations in Germany. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Psychological Association.

She has served as an editorial advisor on the journal Clinical Rehabilitation and as an editorial board member of the Journal of Geriatrics and Palliative Care. She has published peer-reviewed articles in the Journals of Gerontology, European Journal of Ageing, and Journal of Aging Studies.

Her teaching interests include the psychology of aging, late life development, family relations in later life, health and aging, among others.

Boerner is married with two daughters, age five and eight. Her husband is a cellist with the Apple Hill String Quartet from New Hampshire. Currently living in New York City, she is looking forward to moving to Boston to be closer to her husband’s work. She notes, “Of course my primary motivation for applying to the position was that I felt it was an incredible fit for my background and interests. Additionally, moving to Boston will allow us to spend more time together as a family.”

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Posted by Yvonne deCelis | April 24, 2014 - 6:13 p.m.

Congratulations and a very warm welcome to Kathrin Boerner!