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Selected past events and awards

Tuesday, April 26
6-8pm, Dion 203

Alzheimer's Film and Discussion by Clinical Dementia Specialist, Patricia Midurski, RN

Wednesday, April 27
1-1:50pm in SENG 114

Massachusetts Office of Disability; Wheelchair Experience Day 4/29

Thursday, May 5
3-4pm, Woodland Commons

Cross-cultural Neuropsychological Assessment

"Sleep on it! The enhancing effects of Sleep and Cortisol on Memory across the Lifespan”

Speaker: Kelly Bennion, PhD Candidate in Psychology, Boston College


Kelly Bennion, PhD Candidate in Psychology from Boston College

Kelly Bennion, PhD Candidate in Psychology, Boston College

Saturday, May 2, 2015
11:00 - 11:55am in Woodland Commons

The Ora DeJesus Gerontology Center in collaboration with The Southeastern Massachusetts Alzheimer's Partnership presented: 

Gen Silent

A film screening & panel discussion moderated by Lisa Krinsky, Director of The LGBT Aging Project

Lisa Krinsky, Director, LGBT Aging Project

Panelists (L to R): Patricia Foster, Jennifer Heald, Barbara Meehan, Karen Melo and Brooke Patterson

Wednesday, November 12th
Time: 2:00 - 4:00
Location: Main Auditorium

In the news

UMass Dartmouth was 1 of 18 regional and doctoral research institutions to receive competitive funding from the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) to host Careers in Aging Week this year. Other recipients included Penn State and The University of Washington.

Gerontological Society of America Student Ambassador

Senior Nursing student and Gerontology minor Anna-Rae LeClaire has been enrolled for a one-year term as the Gerontological Society of America Student Ambassador at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.  Universities around the country are invited to apply for the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Ambassador program and this position is awarded to gerontology programs with a dedication to advancing aging awareness and research. As UMass Dartmouth’s first Student Ambassador, Anna-Rae is excited about the field of aging and eager to coordinate and generate aging-related interests on campus in partnership with the Ora M. DeJesus Gerontology Center. Center Director Andrew Revell serves as the Faculty Advisor for the GSA Ambassador Program at UMass Dartmouth.

Coastline Elderly Services 

Coastline Elderly Services hosts Annual Meeting and asks Center Director, Dr. Andrew Revell, to be the key note speaker. Dr. Revell's presentation, "Reduction of Cognitive Decline in Late Life: How to Age Successfully " is featured in November issue of Senior Scope.

Center Director Dr. Andrew Revell and his Southcoast Cognitive Aging Study are featured in:

  • OJornal (7/12/13, published in English and Portuguese),                                            
  • SouthCoast Prime Times (see p. 23 of July/Aug 2013),
  • Taunton Gazette, and
  • Fall River Herald 

USA Today “Senior Moments” article cites research co-authored by Dr. Andrew Revell published in the Peer-Reviewed, Oxford Press Journal, Age and Aging.

Past events

"Careers in Aging & Health: Consider the Possibilities"

Careers in Aging & Health Panel Discussion
Monday, April 7th from 10:00 11:30
Library Grand Reading Room

AGHE Careers in Aging Week 2014

Attendees to learned more about career opportunities and recommended academic training from professionals in the field of Aging & Health:

  • Peter Ward, M.D., Saint Anne's Hospital, Hudner Oncology Center
  • Ted Powers, PhD, Director UMass Dartmouth Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
  • Bev Reed, MSW, LICSW, Medical Social Worker, Community Nurse and Hospice Care
  • Paulette Masse, MHSA, CMC, LSW, Professional Care Manager, Care Partnering
  • Paula Walsh, MSN, RN, Lecturer in Community Health, UMass Dartmouth College of Nursing
Dr. Jacqueline Alfonso Barry, Assistant Professor of Psychology, keynote speaker at 2013 Psi Chi regional conference

Dr. Jacqueline Alfoso Barry (standing), Assistant Professor of Psychology at Emmanuel College, the keynote speaker at at the 9th Annual Regional Conference of Psi Chi , The International Honor Society in Psychology

The 9th Annual Regional Conference of Psi Chi, The International Honor Society in Psychology was held Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the University's Woodland Commons. The Gerontology Center co-sponsored the presentation "Substance Abuse over the Lifespan: Trends and Empirically Supported Interventions" by Jacqueline Alfonso Barry, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA. The annual conference is co-sponsored by Psi Chi and the UMass Dartmouth Psychology Club

As part of our system wide collaboration with others in Gerontology, The Center was featured at the University of Massachusetts multi-campus booth at the 64th Annual Meeting of The Gerontological Society of America in Boston, November 18-22, 2011. The UMass system exhibit included programs from the 4 campuses: The UMass Dartmouth Gerontology Center, UMass Boston College of Nursing and Health Sciences, UMass Lowell Nursing and UMass Medical (School of Nursing, Rosalie Wolf Center, and the Division of Medicine).

Student News

Professor Scott J. Dickman Scholarship awarded to student for Age-Related Research

Lauren Papa, Psychology student awarded scholarship for Age-Related research

Psychology student, Lauren Papa, with her Professor Scott Dickson Scholarship Award given to the graduating University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Psychology major who shows the most potential for success in research.


Jack M. Gould Memorial Scholarship awarded to student pursing Age-Related Research

Dr. Andrew Revell and Psychology student Lauren Papa at NEPA 2012

Lauren Papa (right) with Professor Andrew Revell after presenting at 52nd annual meeting of the New England Psychological Association, October 2012, Worcester, MA.

Lauren Papa is an undergraduate psychology student engaged in age-related research, and the recipient of a competitive research grant from the University's Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR).

2011-2012 Jack M. Gould Memorial Scholarship awarded to student pursuing Age-Related Research

Carla Vertentes and Professor Andrew Revell, 2012 Gould Award

Carla Vertentes (left) accepting Jack M. Gould Scholarship from Professor Andrew Revell.

Carla Vertentes, a graduate of the BA in Psychology Program at UMass Dartmouth, is pursuing age-related research while completing a Pre-Medical Professional Certificate.

2010-2011 Jack M. Gould Memorial Scholarship awarded to student pursuing Ph.D. in Gerontology

2011 Jack Gould Award presentation to Emily Gabois

Emily Gabois (lef) receiving the Jack M. Gould Scholarship Award from Professor Andrew Revell

Emily Gabois, a graduate of the Combined BA/MA Psychology Program at UMass Dartmouth, was accepted into the Ph.D. Gerontology Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, beginning in Fall 2011. She will pursue research in enhancing public policy services for older adults.

Jack M. Gould Memorial Scholarship Award
The purpose of the Jack M. Gould Memorial Scholarship Award is to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to pursue professional careers in service to the elderly. It was established to honor the work of the late Jack M. Gould, former director of the New Bedford Council on Aging, who was active for many years in service to elders of southeastern Massachusetts. For more information about this award or others, please contact the Office of Advancement.

Recent Past Recipients of the Jack M. Gould Memorial Scholarship include:
2009-2010: Ashley Couto, B.A., Graduate Psychology Program, UMass Dartmouth, Vascular Disease and Aging
2008-2009: Matthew Bourke, B.S.N.: Cape Cod Royal Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Buzzards Bay, MA

To help other students pursue studies in Gerontology, consider  of the Center. Contact the Gerontology Center for more information.


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