The Gerontology Department of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies is pleased to announce that one of its PhD alumna, Kristen Corazzini has been named a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation’s largest professional organization dedicated to the field of aging. Selected for the Health Sciences section, she was honored at a reception on November 15 at the organization’s annual meeting in San Diego.
According to Jeffrey Burr, chair of the department, “An appointment as GSA fellow is a high honor acknowledging Kristen's outstanding research, teaching, administration, practice, and service within the society.”
After finishing her dissertation in 2000, Corazzini earned a National Institute on Aging Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to continue her research at the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. Today, she is an associate professor at Duke's School of Nursing, a core faculty member at its Center of Excellence in Geriatric Nursing Education, and a senior research fellow at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development.
A social gerontologist, Corazzini’s research focuses on nursing and health care leadership. In particular, she examines nurse management in long-term care, especially delegation and the role of professional nursing in nursing homes. She has received grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, and the Hartford Foundation to support her scholarship.
Ira A. Jackson, the newly appointed dean for McCormack Grad School, notes, "I take great pride in knowing that one of our own has been recognized for the important work she is doing to improve the quality of care older adults are receiving in a clinical setting. As a result of her efforts, the standard of care for our aging population who reside in nursing facilities has been strengthened and will continue to improve.”
Jackson is not only proud of this alumna but of the program which trained her. “I am thrilled to oversee a leader in gerontology studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Our Gerontology Department is the second oldest in the country and has produced more PhDs than any program in the world. With its Gerontology Institute and now two peer-reviewed journals, gerontology here at UMass Boston’s McCormack Grad School is strong, vital, and significant. I view my role as supporting efforts to strengthen and advance its contributions to scholarship and society.”