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Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD is the Robert L. Kane Endowed Professor in Long-Term Care & Aging in the Division of Health Policy and Management and School of Public Health at The University of Minnesota. Dr. Gaugler's research examines the sources and effectiveness of long-term care for persons with Alzheimer's disease and other chronic conditions. An applied gerontologist, Dr. Gaugler's 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, Dr. Gaugler also has interests in longitudinal and mixed methods.

Dr. Gaugler was the Editor for the Journal of Applied Gerontology (2011-2017) and currently serves on on the editorial boards of Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Journals of Gerontology: Social SciencesPsychology and Aging, and Research on Aging. He 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. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Psychological Association. Dr. Gaugler is also an Emeritus Long-Term Care Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Minnesota.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Pennsylvania State University

MSc, Pennsylvania State University

BA, Gustavus Adolphus College

Research interests

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

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Projects 2003 2024

Research Output 1999 2019

Adult Day Service Use Decreases Likelihood of a Missed Physician's Appointment Among Dementia Caregivers

Parker, L. J., Gaugler, J. E., Samus, Q. & Gitlin, L. N., Jan 1 2019, In : Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Appointments and Schedules
Independent Living
1 Citation (Scopus)

Assessing mechanisms of benefit in adult day programs: the adult day services process and use measures

Gaugler, J. E. & Dykes, K., Sep 2 2019, In : Aging and Mental Health. 23, 9, p. 1180-1191 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Process Assessment (Health Care)
Long-Term Care
Discriminant Analysis
Open Access
Mobile Applications
Memory Disorders
Self-Help Devices
Social Support
Randomized Controlled Trials

Dementia Caregiving Outcomes: The Impact of Caregiving Onset, Cognitive Impairment and Behavioral Problems

Nikzad-Terhune, K., Gaugler, J. E. & Jacobs-Lawson, J., Jul 4 2019, In : Journal of Gerontological Social Work. 62, 5, p. 543-563 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Embedding caregiver support in community-based services for older adults: A multi-site randomized trial to test the Adult Day Service Plus Program (ADS Plus)

Gitlin, L. N., Marx, K., Scerpella, D., Dabelko-Schoeny, H., Anderson, K. A., Huang, J., Pizzi, L., Jutkowitz, E., Roth, D. L. & Gaugler, J. E., Aug 1 2019, In : Contemporary Clinical Trials. 83, p. 97-108 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Social Welfare
Pragmatic Clinical Trials