Ten McCormack Graduate School faculty members and two dozen gerontology students and alumni will present their research at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America from November 5-9.
These participants will travel to Washington, DC for the conference to present 56 posters on a variety of topics in social gerontology, the specialty of the UMass Boston doctoral program. The research topics including caregiving, health promotion, the mind/body connection, social isolation among elders, home care for older clients, and policy and practice in the delivery of veteran’s care, among others.
Many of the posters demonstrate collaborative work between faculty and students, and even between current students and alumni. For example, Jan Mutchler, a professor of gerontology and director of the Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging, is presenting a poster with PhD student Jyopung Liu on “Explaining Geographic Variation in Economic Insecurity in Later Life.” And current student and McCormack Scholar Haley Gleason will team up with recent alumna Caitlin Coyle, now a post-doctoral fellow in health policy at Yale University, to deliver a poster on home care for older clients with mental and behavioral health diagnoses.
New to the department, Professor Kathrin Boerner will present ten posters at the meeting reflecting her research on family engagement in palliative care, workforce experiences and client death, age-related vision loss, preparedness for death, and well-being and health in centenarians.
Jeffrey Burr, chair of the Department of Gerontology, comments of the impact of his colleagues and their research. “The number of presentations and the breadth of gerontological topics being presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America by the UMass Boston gerontology students, alums, and faculty is inspiring. This level of activity and quality of the work represented demonstrate the important impact our people are making to the scientific and policy studies of our aging populations.”