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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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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

Award Date: Aug 7 1999

MSc, Pennsylvania State University

Award Date: Dec 15 1996

BA, Gustavus Adolphus College

Award Date: May 28 1995

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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Research Output

Ageing in the margins: Expectations of and struggles for 'a good place to grow old' among low-income older Minnesotans

Finlay, J. M., Gaugler, J. E. & Kane, R. L., Apr 1 2020, In : Ageing and Society. 40, 4, p. 759-783 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 6 Scopus citations

    Changes over Time in Racial/Ethnic Differences in Quality of Life for Nursing Home Residents: Patterns within and between Facilities

    Shippee, T. P., Ng, W., Duan, Y., Woodhouse, M., Akosionu, O., Chu, H., Ahluwalia, J. S., Gaugler, J. E., Virnig, B. A. & Bowblis, J. R., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of aging and health.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Consensus Definition of Muscle Tightness From Multidisciplinary Perspectives

    Bhimani, R., Gaugler, J. E. & Felts, J., Mar 1 2020, In : Nursing research. 69, 2, p. 109-115 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The Effect of Physical and Cognitive Impairments on Caregiving

    Jutkowitz, E., Gozalo, P., Trivedi, A., Mitchell, L. & Gaugler, J. E., Jul 1 2020, In : Medical care. 58, 7, p. 601-609 9 p.

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