Health and Aging

The Health and Aging area contributes to the understanding of physical, psychosocial, and environmental determinants of health and mental health among older adults, and seeks to identify and develop prevention and intervention strategies to ensure healthy aging in place among older adults from diverse backgrounds. We focus on understanding health disparities due to ethnicity/racial background, health conditions, income, living arrangements, and geographic areas.

This line of research also extends to the wellbeing of those who provide care for older adults who are frail and dependent, including both informal caregivers and those in the professional workforce. Faculty in this area are charged to develop, test, and disseminate innovative evidence-based practice and policy efforts to promote the quality of life of older adults and their caregivers.   

Amanda Woodward
Professor, MSW Program Director, and Associate Director for Academic Affairs