J. Kevin Eckert, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine
University of Maryland
Kevin Eckert received his B.A. in Philosophy from Ursinus College and both his M.A. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.
Dr. Eckert’s research falls into several interrelated areas: home and community based care environments, caregiving, and quality of care/quality of life. In the past 12 years his work has focused on the situation of frail older adults residing in the community, specifically, small board and care homes and the developing phenomenon of assisted living. Other work has focused on the experiences of disabled adults of all ages participating in Cash and Counseling Demonstration and Evaluation, a three state study of consumer-directed care. He is one of three originators (P. A. Sloane and S.I. Zimmerman) of the Collaborative Studies of Long Term Care (CS-LTC), a multi-state series of complementary studies of Assisted Living involving an interdisciplinary team from UMBC, UMB and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The CS-LTC constitutes the first outcome study of RC/AL and the first to examine and compare the relationship of the structure and process of care to outcomes for this population summarized in the book Assisted Living: Needs, Practices and Policies in Residential Care for the Elderly. Zimmerman, S.I., Sloane, P., Eckert, J.K. (Eds.) (2001). Johns Hopkins University Press..
Dr. Eckert has written or edited three books and 57 articles and book chapters on aging services, residential care and assisted living. Awards received include a prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellowship, a Senior Fellowship from the National Institutes of Health’s National Research Service Award program and a University System of Maryland Board of Regents Faculty Award for Excellence. He is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.