About Us


Our faculty conduct significant research in four major areas: aging and health; cognitive aging and Alzheimer's disease; mental health and disparities and public policy and long-term care.

To learn more about the faculty members conducting research in our four major areas, click on the names shown below:

Aging and Health

William E. Haley, Ph.D., Professor
Specialty: Family Caregiving; Coping with Chronic Illness; End-of-Life; Minority Aging

Cognitive Aging and Alzheimer's Disease

Ross Andel, Ph.D., Professor and Director Ph.D. in Aging Studies Program
Specialty: Risk Factors for Cognitive Impairment; Physical Activity, Health, & Aging

Cathy McEvoy, Ph.D., Professor
Specialty: Cognitive Changes In Aging

Brent Small, Ph.D., Professor and Director School of Aging Studies
Specialty: Memory & Cognitive Performance; Early Cognitive Markers of Alzheimer's Disease

Mental Health and Disparities

Victor Molinari, PH.D, ABPP, Professor
Specialty: Mental health outcomes in long term care; Serious Mental Illness in older adults; Professional issues in geropsychology; Reminiscence therapy; Personality disorder in older adults

Public Policy and Long-Term Care

Debra Dobbs, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Specialty: Assisted Living; Palliative & Hospice Care; Advance Care Planning

Kathryn Hyer, Ph.D., Professor, Director, Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging
Specialty: Organization, Services, Policies, & Financing of Long-Term Care; Quality of Care in Nursing Homes; Workforce Education; Health Care Reform & Policy

Hongdao Meng, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Specialty: Aging and Health Policy, Health Economics