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Kate de MedeirosKate de Medeiros

Kate de Medeiros is Associate Professor of Gerontology in the Department of Sociology and Gerontology at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Her research includes narrative approaches to understanding the experience of older age, friendships among people with dementia, and environments and aging. Her book, Narrative Gerontology in Research and Practice was published in 2014.

 

 
Kelly Niles-YokumKelly Niles-Yokum

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 the Director of the Master’s in Gerontology Program and associate professor at the University of La Verne in La Verne, CA. She is the Managing Editor of the peer-reviewed, internationally recognized journal, Gerontology and Geriatrics Education.

 

 
Van_Dussen_DanDan Van Dussen

Dan Van Dussen graduated in December 2006 and now works as 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.

 

 
Ye_JianJian Ye

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.

 

 
Samus-QuincyQuincy Samus

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.

 

 
Tolea_MagdaMagda Tolea

Magda Tolea is currently a Research Assistant Professor of Integrated Medical Sciences at Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine where she conducts research focused on physical correlates of cognitive aging. She is also a senior research mentor in the undergraduate medical and internal medicine residency training programs.

 

 
Rubin_AndreaAndrea Rubin

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."

 

 
Andersen_DanielDaniel Andersen

Dan Andersen, Ph.D., M.S., M.P.H., graduated May 2008 after defending his dissertation, Frailty in Older Hip Fracture Patients. After graduation, Dan completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Injury Prevention and Trauma Response at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. His research has focused on self-assessment of health, frailty, traumatic injuries, and recovery in older adults. He has taught a number of undergraduate and graduate courses including Research Methods, Social Epidemiology, Issues in Healthcare and Health of Underserve Populations. During Dr. Andersen’s federal career at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), he worked on a number of projects including Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Quality Rating System, nursing home quality metrics, hospital readmission initiatives, and the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes. Currently, Dr. Andersen is a Senior Research Associate at IMPAQ International. At IMPAQ Dr. Andersen has led various implementation and quality measurement programs for federal clients, such as implementing a survey to assess patient-reported quality of life among Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in an accountable care organization, and creating new quality measures to assess the performance of qualified health plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

 

 
Perron_RebeccaRebecca Perron

Rebecca Perron is a Senior Research Advisor in the AARP Research Center. She works on issues related to aging and financial security and older workers. Some of her recent research topics include long-term unemployment among older workers and Social Security planning perspectives of future beneficiaries and financial planners. Rebecca also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Middlebury College, a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her dissertation (2008) is entitled Determining Predictors of Nursing Home Admission and Sub-Populations of Skilled Nursing Facility Residents Using the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS). Prior to working at AARP, Ms Perron held research/intern positions at Westat, the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and as a National Academy of Social Insurance-Somers Long-Term Care intern. She also volunteers and serves on the board of directors at her local Council on Aging.

 

 
Ayd_Simpson_LorettaLoretta Ayd-Simpson

Loretta Ayd-Simpson graduated in December 2008. More to come about Loretta. 

 

 

 
Schmidt_JoannaJoanna Schmidt

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.

 

 
Demichele_KimKim DeMichele

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.

 

 
Kang_SunnySunny 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.

 

 
Okafor_MariaMaria-Theresa C. Okafor

Maria-Theresa C. Okafor graduated July 2010. Maria is currently a Research Associate at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

 

 
Cross_IsraelIsrael Cross

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.

 

 
Fogler_SarahSarah Fogler

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. 

 

 
Giuriceo_KatherineKatherine Giuriceo

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. 

 

 
Piggee_TommyTommy Piggee

Tommy Piggee, a 2011 graduate of the UMBC/UMC GERO Program is currently a research scientist at AQE Solutions, Largo, MD. Dr. Piggee’s focus is on health wellness and chronic disease management of individuals across the life span. He is presently participating in evaluation of select HIV/AIDS Programs in Maryland. 

 

 
Canham_SarahSarah Canham

Sarah Canham is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Gerontology Research Centre and Sessional Instructor in the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, BC). She is the convener of the Aging, Alcohol, and Addictions Interest Group with the Gerontological Association of America (GSA) and co-coordinates the service event, Gerontologists Giving Back at the annual GSA meeting. Sarah's dissertation, entitled The Experience of Benzodiazepine Dependence Among Older Women: A Cultural Analysis was funded by a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from the National Institutes on Drug Abuse. Her research interests include mental health, substance abuse, sleep problems, loneliness, and social isolation in later life.

 

 
Marx_KatherineKatherine Marx

Dr. Marx is the Sr. Research Program Coordinator at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s Center for Innovative Care in Aging. The current research studies she is working on are examining innovative solutions for dealing with behavioral issues in persons with dementia and home safety in older Latinos. Additionally, Dr. Marx is adjunct faculty with the University of Maryland, University College and teaches several courses in the Gerontology department. Dr. Marx has her doctorate in Gerontology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health Education. The topic of her dissertation was Older Men’s Knowledge of Osteoporosis by Race and Risk Factors. Her research interests include caregiving, health promotion, and senior housing. 

 

 
Ballew_ShoshanaShoshana Ballew, Ph.D.

Shoshana Ballew, PhD, is a Research Associate at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, mainly working with a large international consortium of studies addressing critical questions related to chronic kidney disease prognosis. She has also begun working with a sister international consortium regarding diabetes prognosis. Dr. Ballew is an Associate faculty member at the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research as well as the Assistant Program Director for the Johns Hopkins Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology Training grant.

 

 
Clark_Shirley_LeanneLeanne Clark-Shirley

Leanne Clark-Shirley, Ph.D., is a Research Associate at IMPAQ International (Columbia, MD) conducting aging, health, and long-term care policy analysis and program evaluation. She works with a number of Federal clients including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Administration for Community Living, and is also project manager of a contract with the Mississippi Division of Medicaid, examining home- and- community-based waiver programs. For her dissertation, "Effects of Informal Caregiving on Critical Care Registered Nurses' Work Outcomes", she designed and administered a web-based survey to over 800 RNs. Results showed that caregiver RNs were more likely to have made negative job changes, experienced more work-family conflict, but were less likely to report high levels of nursing burnout compared to non-caregiver RNs. Leanne is active in the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), and together with Sarah Canham, Ph.D., has organized special community service events at the conference since 2008.

 

 
Doyle_PatrickPatrick J. Doyle, Ph.D.

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.

 

 
Lloyd_JenniferJennifer Lloyd

After graduating with her BS, Jennifer worked for a U.S. Department of Justice clearinghouse, the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, where she specialized in substance abuse and criminal justice issues. After three years in the field, Jennifer decided to go back to get her Master's in Applied Sociology at UMBC. While working on her Master's, she was the project coordinator for the neighborhood survey portion of the Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span (HANDLS) study with the National Institute on Aging. Upon graduation, Jennifer began teaching Introduction to Sociology and The Family courses at TowsonUniversity and UMBC. With a background in Sociology, Jennifer has an interest in studying inequality as it pertains to race, gender, and social class among aging populations. In the first 3 years of the doctoral program, Jennifer worked with Dr. Bruce Stuart at the PeterLamyCenter using Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) data on prescription drug and Medicare spending among beneficiaries with chronic diseases. In the third year of the doctoral program, Jennifer began working on the Caregiver study, part of the Baltimore Hip Studies while on the Epidemiology of Aging Trainee Grant. Jennifer defended her dissertation proposal, "Bone Mineral Density and Hip Fracturein Overweight and Obese Older Adults" in November 2010 and expects to graduate this Fall.

 

 
Hannum_SusanSusan Hannum

Susan came to the UMB/UMBC Doctoral Program in Gerontology after working at Thomas Jefferson University's Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health. After beginning her doctoral studies in 2007, Susan engaged in several qualitative research projects in conjunction with her mentor, Dr. Robert Rubinstein. It was this early exposure to research in the areas of suffering, illness, generativity, and medical anthropology, and gerontology that would later influence Susan to pursue her own research agenda around the experiences of cancer among older adults. Her dissertation in this area was supported by the R36 dissertation grant mechanism from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In 2013, upon graduation, Susan began a postdoctoral fellowship in Cancer Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is currently researching a variety of issues around cancer survivorship and survivorship care planning.

 

 
Peeples_AmandaAmanda Peeples

Amanda Peeples graduated in August 2013. Her dissertation research was an ethnographic examination of stigma and social relations of residents of a dementia care unit. Dr. Peeples worked as an ethnographer and project coordinator at UMBC’s Center for Aging Studies before accepting her current position. As the Qualitative Director at MIRECC, Dr. Peeples is charged with developing the newly-established qualitative and mixed methods research unit. She provides guidance, training, and assistance to MIRECC investigators and research staff in conducting qualitative and mixed methods data collection and analysis. She is also pursuing a research program with a focus on the needs and experiences of older Veterans with serious mental illness.

 

 
Simon_Schreck_JanetJanet Simon-Schreck

Janet serves as the chief administrative office for the Loyola Clinical Centers, an interprofessional graduate training center. A licensed and certified speech-language pathologist, Janet’s dissertation utilized mixed-methods to explore marital satisfaction in spouses of patients with chronic aphasia. Janet presents nationally on the topic of prevention, assessment, and treatment of cognitive-communication disorders in older adults. She is the appointed coordinator for Special Interest Group 15: Gerontology in the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and a fellow and chair of the Speech-Language Pathology in the National Academies of Practice (NAP). In both positions, she advocates for health care policy reform that will improve the quality of lives for older adults. She also serves as a Speech-Language Pathology expert witness in federal Medicare false claim suits.

 

 
Reider_LisaLisa Reider

Lisa Reider, MHS, is an Assistant Scientist in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), Department of Health Policy and Management. She has experience and expertise in coordinating multi-center interdisciplinary research studies. Currently she serves as Director of Protocol Development and Implementation within the coordinating center for an orthopaedic trauma research consortium. Her research interests include musculoskeletal health, osteoporotic fracture and rehabilitation in older adults in addition to improving the quality of their health care.

 

 
Chiles_NancyNancy Chiles

Dr. Nancy Chiles Shaffer joined the Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Aging as a Postdoctoral fellow in October 2014. Her research interests include body composition, physical function, mobility disability, and health disparities. Her doctoral dissertation examined the effect of sarcopenia, age-associated decreases in muscle, and peripheral nerve function on gait speed among older adults with and without diabetes. She also investigated whether these relationships differed by race and gender. At NIA, she is currently investigating the impact of changes in body mass and muscle on physical performance in multiple longitudinal studies, as well as health disparities in physical performance over time.

 

 
Mcmullen_TaraTara McMullen

Tara McMullen, PhD, MPH is an analyst for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the Division of Chronic & Post-Acute Care. Tara leads the measure work for standardized, cross-setting quality measures under the IMPACT Act of 2014. Tara also assists as measure lead for the Nursing Home Quality Initiative and the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program. Tara’s dissertation research focused on establishing and expanding a scope of practice for Certified Nurse Aides who work in nursing facility settings. Tara graduated from the Gerontology Doctoral Program in 2014 with a concentration in policy.

 

 
Lilly_FlaviusFlavius Lilly

Flavius' interests in gerontology began as an undergraduate when he worked as a research assistant for the Fels Longitudinal Study. His interests in older populations continued during graduate school in public health and into his career as a hospital executive. His research interests are in examining the physical environments and social inequalities of neighborhoods and their affect on the health and wellbeing of people as they age.