Jun 01, 2023  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Gerontology (GERO)

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LESLIE MORGAN, Co-Director and Graduate Program Director

Degree Offered

Ph.D. (Degree Types )


(The list includes all affiliated from both UMBC and UMB.)


BAUMGARTEN, MONA, (Medicine), Ph.D., McGill University; Aging, epidemiologic methods, pressure ulcers, dementia
DEFORGE, BRUCE R., (Social Work), Ph.D., University of Maryland College Park; Sociology of mental health, psychosocial aspects of health, patient-provider relationships
ECKERT, J. KEVIN, (Sociology/Anthropology), Ph.D.,Northwestern University; Aging and long-term care, social/cultural gerontology, research design/qualitative methods, environment and aging, caregiving
GOLDBERG, ANDREW P., (Medicine), M.D.,State University of New York, Brooklyn; Metabolic and cardiovascular functioning in the aging
GRUBER-BALDINI, ANN, (Medicine), Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University; Gerontology, cognitive functioning, long-term care, lifespan development
GURALNIK, JACK, (Medicine), Ph.D. MD, University of California, Berkeley; physical functioning, disability, measurement of functioning, physical functioning, demographic changes, epidemiology of aging
HOCHBERG, MARC, (Medicine), M.D., M.P.H., The Johns Hopkins University; Epidemiology of osteoporosis and related fractures in
the elderly
MAGAZINER, JAY, (Medicine), Ph..D, M.S., Hyg., University of Chicago; Epidemiology, hip fracture recovery, long-term care, methods for studying older people, psychosocial aspects of health
MILLER, NANCY A., (Public Policy), Ph.D., University of Chicago; Health policy and politics, disability and aging, long-term care
MITCHELL, BRAXTON D., (Medicine), Ph.D., University of Michigan; Epidemiology of aging, genetic epidemiology of complex diseases
MORGAN, LESLIE A., (Sociology/ Anthropology), Ph.D., University of Southern California; Older women, later-life families, housing for the frail elderly
NAHM, EUN-SHIM, (Nursing), RN, Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore; Health care informatics and gerontology, using computer technology to improve the health-related quality of life of older adults
Ostir, Glenn, (Medicine), Ph.D., University of Texas Medical Branch; positive emotion and functional status, older patients and emergency room care
RESNICK, BARBARA, (Nursing), Ph.D., C.R.N.P., F.A.A.N., F.A.A.N.P., University of Maryland, Baltimore; Motivation in older adults, particularly with regard to functional activities
RODGERS, MARY, (Medicine), Ph.D., P.T., Pennsylvania State University; Physical performance measures, aerobic exercise in stroke patients
RONCH, JUDAH L., (The Erickson School) Ph.D., Yeshiva University; Effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, long term care industry
RUBINSTEIN, ROBERT L., (Sociology/ Anthropology), PhD, Bryn Mawr College; Cultural and medical anthropology, anthropology of aging, qualitative research methods
SHAYA, FADIA T. (Pharmacy and Medicine), Ph.D., M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Geriatric/vulnerable populations drug use, chronic disease, drug safety, pharmaco-economics and pharmaco- epidemiology, community partnerships
SMITH, GORDON (Medicine)  M.B., Ch.B., MPH, University of Otago Medical School; Injury research, injury surveillance systems, alcohol and injuries, the use of databases for injury research
SORKIN, JOHN, (Medicine), M.D., Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University; Changes that occur with aging in metabolism, biostatistics, informatics
STUART, BRUCE, (Pharmacy) Ph.D., Washington State University; Geriatric drug use, health economics, health services research, pharmaceutical policy
Stuart, Mary,(Sociology/Anthropology), Sc.D., Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health, physical activity, stroke
TERRIN, MICHAEL, (EPM Gerontology) MD, CM, MPH, Johns Hopkins University; Clinical Trails, pulmonary disease, cardiovascular epidemiology, data coordinating center
WACHBROIT, ROBERT, (Medicine), Ph.D., University of California-Berkely;ethics
WALDSTEIN, SHARI R., (Psychology), Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; Cardiovascular disease and cognitive aging
WHITALL, JILL, (Medicine), Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park; Development and learning of inter-limb coordination

Associate Professors

CASADO, BANGHWA, (Social Work), Ph.D., MSW, University of Houston; Communication-based Long-term Care, immigration and cultural adjustment
DORSEY, SUSAN, (Nursing), Ph.D., University of Maryland, Baltimore; Genomics, Bioinformatics, Gene sequencing. Neuropathies. Basic and
translational research, Genetics
FORRESTER, LARRY, (Medicine), Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park; Stroke rehabilitation using exercise protocols
GALIK, BETH, (Nursing), PhD., RN, University of Maryland, Baltimore; Assisted living; dementia
KELLEHER, CATHERINE, (Nursing), Sc.D., M.P.H., M.S., R.N., The Johns Hopkins University; Health policy, home- and community-based care
MYSLINSKI, NORBERT R., (Dental), Ph.D. University of Illinois; Neuroscience of aging
ORWIG, DENISE L., (Medicine), Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University; Bio-behavioral aspects of aging, pharmaco-epidemiology
PICOT, SANDRA FULTON, (Nursing) Ph.D.,University of Maryland, Baltimore; Family caregivers of the elderly, African-American caregivers, health disparities
QUINN, CHARLENE C., (Medicine), Ph.D., R.N., The Johns Hopkins University; Health services research and policy related to longterm care
SCHUMACHER, JOHN G., (Sociology/ Anthropology), Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University; Ethics, decision-making, hospital quality of care

Assistant Professors

BROWN, JESSICA, (Medicine). Ph.D., UMBC; relations among menopausal vasomotor symptoms, sleep disturbance and mood
CAGLE, JOHN, (Social Work), Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University, care at end of life
CHENG, YU CHING, (Medicine), Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, genetic and environmental factors that predispose individuals to a variety of complex diseases, including stroke, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
D’ADAMO, CHRISTOPHER, (Medicine), Ph.D., University of Maryland Baltimore, synergistic effects of diet, exercise, and genetics on the prevention and treatment of chronic disease
HARRIS-WALLACE, BRANDY, Sociology/Anthropology), Ph.D., The Florida State University, aging and the lifecourse, sociology of health and aging, qualitative research methods, survey research methods, sociology of gender, and critical race theory
HUANG, YI, (Mathematics/Psychology), Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University; Casual inference, estimating treatment, intervention, exposure effect
Kusmaul, Nancy, (Social Work), Ph.D., University of Buffalo, CNA Caring
Lehning, Amanda (Social Work), Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; Aging in Place, Disparities, long-term care
MACMILLAN, KELLEY R., (Social Work), Ph.R., ACSW, The University of Kansas; Health, aging, evaluation of State community-based services for older adults
MAIR, CHRISTINE, (Sociology/Anthropology), Ph.D., North Carolina State Univ.; life course, aging, and health social ties and social policy inequality and globalization
MCARDLE, PATRICK, (Medicine), Ph.D., University of Maryland Baltimore; Data architecture and data mining application as relevant to large genome wide analyses
SACCO, PAUL, (Social Work), PhD, LCSW.,Washington University in St. Louis; substance abuse, problem gambling, research methods
TOM, SARAH, (Pharmacy), Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, women’s health issues, sleep research, and osteoporosis.
YERGES-ARMSTRONG, LAURA, (Medicine), Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, molecular epidemiology of complex diseases

Adjunct Professors

FERRUCCI, LUIGI, Ph.D., University of Florence, Italy; Casual pathways leading to progressive physical and cognitive decline in older persons.

Associate Research Scientist

FRANKOWSKI, ANN CHRISTINE, (Sociology/Anthropology), Ph.D., Indiana University; anthropology of aging, culture of long-term care, power and control, gender and sexuality

Program Description

The Doctoral Program in Gerontology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore Graduate School, provides an interdisciplinary and integrative perspective on the process of human aging and the experiences of growing old. The approach acknowledges the complex, dynamic and bi-directional relationship between individuals and the historical, political, economic, environmental, psychological, social, cultural and biological contexts in which aging occurs. Program emphases include socio-cultural and behavioral gerontology, the health of older persons and populations, and policy for the elderly. The goal of the program is to train a new generation of scholars conversant with interdisciplinary and integrative paradigms and research designs to examine the unique, reciprocal and dynamic nature of aging in context.
UMB’s seven professional schools (dental, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work) and UMBC’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences departments (economics, public policy, psychology and sociology/anthropology) combine to make this mission possible by offering three concentrations of study: social, cultural and behavioral sciences; epidemiology of aging; and aging policy issues.

The program also offers a combined program between gerontology and applied sociology and a dual degree program between gerontology and epidemiology. Students can earn a doctorate in gerontology and a master’s in sociology or epidemiology.

Program Admission Requirements

Admission is competitive. Applications are accepted for fall admission only. All application materials must be received by January 15th of the year in which the student intends to enroll. Three letters of recommendation, GRE scores, transcripts, a written statement and personal interview are required of all applicants. The TOEFL is required for all international students who do not have a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a U.S. institution. All original application documents must be sent directly to the Graduate School, not to the graduate program.
Anyone interested in applying should contact:

Justine Golden, MA
Academic Coordinator, UMB
660 W. Redwood St., HH 200,
Baltimore, MD 21201
or jgold002@umaryland.edu

Resources and Facilities

Faculty research and instruction spans the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and schools of dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy and social work. Research centers and programs contributing to the program include: the Baltimore Hip Studies, the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center, the Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program, the Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center, the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research, the Peter Lamy Center for Drug Therapy and Aging, the University of Maryland Center for Research on Aging, and the Center for Aging Studies at UMBC.

Financial Assistance

The program’s commitment is to fund students in their first year and to make every effort to provide funding in the second year. Such funding may involve state support and/or extramural research. Every effort will be made to fund students for subsequent years in the program; however, such funding is contingent on grant funds and the match of faculty and student research interests. As such, students are encouraged to work with their advisors to secure funding beyond their initial two years in the program.




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