Kate de Medeiros is Assistant Professor of Gerontology in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology at Miami University. Her research includes exploring the meaning of friendship among people with dementia, neuropsychiatric systems in dementia, and narrative approaches to understanding the experience of older age.
|Kelly Niles-Yokum, MPA, PhD. graduated from the program in 2006 with a concentration in aging policy. Her dissertation was titled, “Older Adults and Consumer-Direction: Factors That Play a Role in Choice and Control.” She is currently an assistant professor and section coordinator in the Behavioral Sciences Department at York College of Pennsylvania (YCP) where she teaches undergraduate classes in sociology and gerontology. Prior to coming to YCP she worked with the Colleges of Worcester Consortium as the Director of the Consortium Gerontology Studies Program (CGSP). As Director of the CGSP she established the Distinguished Lecture Series in Gerontology, founded a chapter of the Older Women’s League and coordinated the gerontology program on five campuses. Since 2006 she has been the Managing Editor of the peer-reviewed, internationally recognized journal, Gerontology and Geriatrics Education. Kelly conducts research in gerontology with a focus on empowerment in the context of caregiving relationships, the lived experience of programs and services for older adults, and issues related to the end-of-life. She is active in national and regional aging groups including the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and the Southern Gerontological Society (SGS). She is currently the Secretary of AGHE and a member of their Executive Committee.|
Andrea Rubin is currently working at Maryland Department of Aging in the Department of Housing (waiver services). She graduated in December 2006 after defending her dissertation, "Keeping the Back Door Closed: Barriers to Community Reintegration for Working Age and Older Adults with Disabilities."
|Dan Van Dussen graduated in December 2006 and is now works an Assistant Professor at Youngstown State University. He teaches Introductory Sociology in the Sociology/Anthropology Department and his primary responsibility is to build a gerontology major.|
Quincy Samus graduated May 2007. Her dissertation was on, “Differentiated Patterns and Determinants of Functional Dependency in Assisted Living Residents with and without Dementia.” Along with her PhD in Gerontology Quincy earned an MS in Epidemiology. She is an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is leading several research projects examining mental health services and quality of care for older adults.
Jian Ye graduated December 2006 after defending her dissertation on, “Access to Care and Functional Change Among Aged Medicare Beneficiaries with Parkinson’s Disease: A multilevel analysis”. After graduation, she worked as an epidemiologist for the World Bank Group and Pfizer. Currently, she is working for AstraZeneca.
|Dr. Magda Tolea joined the Comprehensive Center on Brain Aging at New York University, NY in December 2012 as research scientist. As part of a team devoted to research and clinical advances toward the treatment and cure of neurodegenerative diseases affecting cognition, Dr. Tolea is actively involved in several clinical studies of older adults diagnosed with dementia, having a special research interest in the interface between physical and cognitive function in this vulnerable population. In her spare time, Dr. Tolea also teaches online gerontology courses at the University of Missouri St Louis in Missouri.|
Daniel Andersen graduated May 2008. He now works as a Research Analyst at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Survey and Certification Group of the Division of Nursing Homes in Baltimore, MD.
Rebecca Perron, graduated May 2008, is a Senior Research Advisor at AARP in Washington, DC. The research focuses on issues related to workers, aged 50+,
(i.e the Best Employers project) and the research is used to promote workplace policies and procedures that allow older workers to remain in the workforce until they choose to retire and in the manner they choose. She also works on other topics related to aging and financial security. She enjoys being able to work on both qualitative and quantitative research projects.
Loretta Ayd-Simpson has just graduated in December 2008. More to come about Loretta.
|Joanna Schmidt graduated in May 2009. She is currently a Data Analyst at Integrity Management Services, LLC (IMS). This is a health care consulting firm in the Washington D.C. area, a subsidiary of Strategic Management Systems, Inc., specializing in assisting government organizations detect fraud and abuse in their programs. Joanna analyzes Medicare and Medicaid health care claims data through multivariate methods to detect fraud and abuse in within various aspects of Medicare including both Part A and Part B. In addition, she conducts sampling and projections for investigations into fraud for a Zone Program Integrity Contractor.|
|Kim DeMichele graduated in December 2009. Since January 2008, she has worked as an analyst at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, most recently with the Division of Consumer Assessment & Plan Performance in the Medicare Drug Benefit and C & D Data Group. Kim is currently the government task leader for the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey, which provides longitudinal data on the physical and mental health statuses of beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare managed care plans. |
Sunny Kang Sunny defended her dissertation, "Racial Disparities in Nursing Home Quality of Care: A Comparison of Black and White residents Using the 2004 NNHS Data," in October 2009 and graduated December 2009. Sunny is an Assistant Professor, School of Health and Human
Services, at the University of Baltimore.
|Maria-Theresa C. Okafor graduated July 2010. Maria is currently a Research Associate at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.|
|Israel Cross graduated in August 2010. He now works as a Health Insurance Specialist at the Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services in Baltimore, MD, in the Division of Survey and Certification where his work focuses on conducting statistical analyses using nursing home data in partnership with individuals and teams.|
|Sarah Fogler graduated in August 2010. Sarah now works as a health insurance specialist at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in Baltimore, MD, where she works to develop and implement health care policies relevant to the aged and individuals with disabilities. Her work focuses specifically on issues related to chronic care policy, long-term supports and services, and dual Medicare-Medicaid eligibility.|
|Tommy Piggee worked as a GRA for the first 4 years in the program on a supplemental grant that is now his dissertation, “Predictors of Transition among Older Assisted Living Residents.” Tommy’s dissertation explores how stability or changes in resident status affects transition out of AL. He graduated in May 2011. Following graduation, he seeks a post-doctorate fellowship with emphasis on psychosocial affects of chronic co-morbidities. Tommy’s final goals are to teach and conduct research centered on health indicators and environmental fit.|
|Katherine Giuriceo graduated in May 2011. Prior to graduation she worked at the Project Director for the Baltimore Experience Corps Study at the Center on Aging and Health (COAH) at Johns Hopkins University where she managed the research and operational activities of the research trial. Currently she is working as a Research Analyst at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) in the Rapid-Cycle Evaluation Group (REG). In addition to intramural research projects Katherine works as part of the evaluation team on several CMMI demonstration projects.|
|Katherine Marx For the past 7 years Katie has worked full-time for the Erickson Foundation, part of Erickson Retirement Communities, as a senior research assistant. She coordinates a longitudinal study. The VIVA study is a 10-year study with over 350 participants. VIVA examines successful aging in a continuing care retirement community through a series of wellness screening. In addition, she assists on several other studies that center on older drives, falls and balance, and cognition. Katei graduate in August 2011. Her dissertation focused on the differences in men’s knowledge of osteoporosis by race and risk factors.|
|Sarah Canham graduated in 2011 and is a Postdoctoral Drug Dependence Epidemiology Training Research Fellow in the Department of Mental Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. Her research interests broadly include social gerontology and mental health and aging, with specific interests in substance abuse and sleep problems in later life.|
|Patrick J. Doyle, Ph.D. graduated in August 2012. Patrick now works as an Assistant Professor of Gerontology in the Department of Human Services at Bowling Green State University. He teaches masters and baccalaureate-level courses in gerontology. His research focuses on person-centered care, environments and aging, long-term care, and dementia caregiving.|
Shoshana Ballew, PhD is currently at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as the Senior Research Project Coordinator for a large consortium of studies addressing critical questions related to chronic kidney disease prognosis.
|Leanne Clark-Shirley came to Maryland from Ohio, where she spent six years at Miami University earning undergraduate degrees in psychology and gerontology, and a Master of Gerontological Studies. While at UMBC, Leanne worked closely with Dr. Leslie Morgan on a federally-funded grant investigating quality in assisted living, and taught Sociology of Aging. Leanne completed her dissertation research on the impact of engagement in informal care upon work outcomes for registered nurses. She designed and administered a survey to over 800 RNs and compared specific work outcomes between caregiving and non-caregiving nurses. Results of her study showed that caregiver RNs were more likely to have made negative job changes, experienced more work-family conflict and less positive work-family spillover, but were less likely to report high levels of burnout compared to non-caregiver RNs. She is currently living in Honolulu, HI and working as a gerontology research consultant to IMPAQ International. In this role, she provides expertise in aging and long-term care policy analysis for a number of project teams, including designing and conducting evaluation research, and implementing a set of national indicators that determine states’ progress in rebalancing long-term care funding toward home and community based services. She is passionate about being a part of the next generation of gerontology scholars and applying her education and experiences to help the nation embrace present and future generations of older adults. Leanne is active in the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and together with Sarah Canham has organized special community service events for the past five years. |