Joseph E Gaugler

Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging & Professor, Director, Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation

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Various projects focused on Alzheimer's disease or related dementias, family caregiving, long-term care, and interventions.

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Research interests

I am the Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care & Aging in the Division of Health Policy and Management and School of Public Health at The University of Minnesota. I also direct the Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and the CDC-funded Public Health Center of Excellence on Dementia Caregiving. My research examines the sources and effectiveness of long-term care for persons with Alzheimer's disease and other chronic conditions. An applied gerontologist, my interests include Alzheimer's disease and long-term care, the longitudinal ramifications of family care for persons with dementia and other chronic conditions, and the effectiveness of community-based and psychosocial services for older adults with dementia and their caregiving families. Underpinning these substantive areas, I also have interests in mixed methods and implementation science.

I was the Editor for the Journal of Applied Gerontology (2011-2017) and am a Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association (JAMDA). I currently serve on the editorial boards of Psychology and Aging, the Journal of Applied Gerontology, and Research on Aging. I was awarded the 2003 Springer Early Career Achievement Award in Adult Development and Aging Research, the 2011 M. Powell Lawton Distinguished Contribution Award for Applied Gerontology from the American Psychological Association (Division 20: Adult Development and Aging), the 2011 Dean's Award from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, and the 2015 Gordon Streib Distinguished Academic Gerontologist Award from the Southern Gerontological Society. I am a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Psychological Association. I am also an Emeritus Long-Term Care Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota and an Honorary Professor at the University of Queensland.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Award Date: Aug 7 1999

MSc, Human Development and Family Studies, Pennsylvania State University

Award Date: Dec 15 1996

BA, Honors Psychology/History, Gustavus Adolphus College

Award Date: May 28 1995

Research Interest Keywords

  • longitudinal methods
  • geriatrics
  • alzheimer's disease
  • community-based long-term care
  • interventions
  • mixed methods
  • family caregiving
  • long-term care
  • dementia
  • gerontology
  • psychosocial interventions
  • implementation science


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