Graduate studies in the psychology of adult development and aging
Following are data on academic programs in the state that provide a specialization in adult development and aging. Data include titles of courses and seminars offered number of faculty with a specialization in adult development and aging, psychology specializations integrated with the study of adult development and aging, administrative organization of the program, availability of assistantships and traineeships in the program, practicum and internship placement opportunities and web addresses and contact persons for the program.
University of Kentucky (Program in Gerontology)
Specializations Integrated with AD & A:
Social Psychology, GRN 600: A Study of the Older Person
GRN 620: Human Aging and Adjustment
GRN 650: Research Methods in Gerontology
GRN 770: Psychology and Aging
GRN 770: Alzheimer's Disease: From Cell to Society
GRN 770: Longitudinal Methods in Adult Development and Aging
BSC 770: Psychosocial Issues in Aging and Health
GRN 585: Aging and the Environment
GRN 785: Research in Gerontology
GRN 715: Health Policy and Aging
GRN 770: Epidemiology of Aging
GRN 770: Aging and the Life Course
Number of Faculty in AD & A: 36 Full Time
Availability of Assistantships in AD & A: All incoming graduate students are fully funded for 4 years. Stipends are at the NIA predoctoral rate (i.e., $16,500 for the 2001-2002 academic year). Tuition is fully paid. Research and teaching assistantships are selected independently by the student upon admission to the program.
Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD & A: Postdoctoral opportunities in AD&A are through the Behavioral Science program at the University of Kentucky, via an NIMH grant. Areas of specialization include cognitive aging, developmental psychology, family caregiving, long-term care and health disparities.
Practicum and Internship Placements: Internship placements for interested clinical psychologists are generally available through the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center.
The Ph.D. Program also includes an experiential learning component that supplements course and research curriculum.
Examples of placements include:
Division of Aging Services, Cabinet for Human Resources, Frankfort
Christian Health Center (teaching nursing home), Lexington
Helping Hand Alzheimer's Day Care Program, Lexington
Memory Disorders Clinic, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Lexington
Senior Support Services, Bath County Primary Care Center, Morehead
University of Kentucky Center for Rural Health, Hazard
Center for Creative Living Adult Day Health Care, Nicholasville
Alzheimer's Association, Lexington/Bluegrass Chapter
St. Claire Medical Center, Morehead
Dept. of Social Services, Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government
Public Health Department, Lexington
Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, Lexington
Geriatric Services, VA Medical Center, Lexington
Western Kentucky University Adult Day Care Center, Bowling Green
Geriatric Clinics, Division of General Medicine and Geriatrics,
University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington
Other Relevant Information and Comments:
The Ph.D. Program at the University of Kentucky is unique in terms of academic and professional resources. Strategically located in the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (nationally recognized for its research on Alzheimer's disease and senescence), the University of Kentucky's PD Program in Gerontology was approved by the Council on Higher Education in 1996. The program is only one of five Ph.D. Programs in gerontology in the U.S. and is the first to focus specifically on aging and health. The goal of the program is to provide advanced interdisciplinary training in gerontology with an emphasis on aging and health. Students in the program develop an understanding of the full spectrum of topics that concern both the process of aging and the health and well-being of the older population; special academic and research opportunities exist in cognition and aging, long-term care, health service delivery and biomedical aspects of aging. The course of study is rigorous, yet flexible and individually tailored to meet the specific needs of the student. The 36 Ph.D. program faculty members hold academic appointments in 22 departments across the University.
All accepted students receive a 12-month fellowship that pays for tuition. All students are provided with their own computer and office space.
Joe Gaugler, Ph.D.
Telephone: (859) 257-1412 ext. 333