Scientist. University of Zürich,
Center for Gerontology. Develop research on disasters and older adults.
Public Health Agency of Canada. Conduct research on the roles and responsibilities
of health practitioners of older adults in emergency management.
Coordinator. OPAN Cymru (Older People & Ageing Research and
Development Network Wales).Swansea
WALES. Manage an ageing
information network and promote and develop ageing research across Wales and
Association of Older Americans.
Boston, MA. Coordinate and
manage mental health conferences.
Abbreviated List of Recent Presentations (last 2
Impairment: A Determinant of Vulnerability in Emergencies and Disasters.”
Presented (with M. Gibson, J. Swan, M. Langill, K. Fitzgerald, P. MacCourt, and
S. Hutchinson) at the 5th Canadian Consensus Conference on Dementia.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Visibility and Establishing a Unique Identity in a Larger Professional
Organization: Experiences from the Emerging Scholar & Professional
Organization (ESPO) in the US.” Presented at the 19th World Congress
of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Paris, France.
Preparedness of Nursing Homes: What Has Been Done and is it Enough?” Presented
at the 19th World Congress of the International Association of
Gerontology and Geriatrics. Paris,
2009 "A Study of Massachusetts Nursing Home Disaster Preparedness: Are they
Ready" Presented at Changing Ageing Partnership Research Seminar. Queens
University, Belfast, North Ireland.
to Prepare the Unprepared: Training Older Adults to Plan for Natural or
Human-Made Disasters.” Presented
at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education 35th Annual
Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference. San Antonio, Texas.
Home Disaster Preparedness: A Discussion of How Facilities in Massachusetts
(US) Have Prepared for Extreme Emergencies.” Presented at the 2008 British Geriatric Society Fall
Meeting. Swansea, Wales.
Adults and Disasters: Reducing Vulnerability within the Crisis.” Presented at the 2008 British Society
of Gerontology Annual Scientific Meeting.
and Older People: Moving Forward with Research.” Presented at the OPAN Disasters
and Older People Workshop I and II.
Swansea and Bangor, Wales
Nursing Home Disaster Preparedness.”
Presented at the Second International Workshop on Seniors and Emergency
Preparedness. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Home Disaster Preparedness: What Kinds of Training Do Staff Members’ Need to
Respond to a Disaster?” Presented
at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education 34th Annual
Meeting and Educational Leadership Conference. Baltimore, Maryland.
Current Professional Affiliations
International Association of Gerontology and
Geriatrics: Development Committee for the ICGSO (International Council of the
Gerontology Student Organization)
Gerontological Society of America: Member and
current Chair of ESPO (Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization). Also
member of Public Policy Committee.
Association for Gerontology in Higher Education: Currently member ofInternational Committee and Membership
Committee and serve as the Student Committee Mentor.
Emergency Preparedness—International Working Group on Health Professionals and
Continuity of Health Services: Member
British Society of Gerontology: Member and past
Chair of ERA (Emerging Researchers in Ageing)
Sigma Phi Omega National Gerontological Honor
Society: Executive Committee Member at Large and Member of the Gamma Upsilon
Additional Past Affiliations
American Red Cross: Disaster Team Leader.
Major response activities includes 2005 Hurricane Katrina (Mississippi) and 2004 Hurricane Jeanne (Florida).
New Hampshire Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program: Certified
Long-Term Care Ombudsman.