Skip to main content

UMaine Center on Aging

The mission of the Center On Aging is to promote and facilitate activities on aging
in the areas of education, research and evaluation, and community service.

About


Staff

Learn more about our staff by clicking on their name or photo.

Sandra Butler, Ph.D.

Sandra Butler, Ph.D.

Resident Scholar

(207) 581-2382

Paula Burnett, M.Ed.

Paula Burnett, M.Ed.

RSVP Program Director

(207) 262-7926

Cindy Whitney, CVA

Cindy Whitney, CVA

RSVP Program Coordinator

207-262-7924

Nancy Kelly, M.S.W

Nancy Kelly, M.S.W

Practicum Program Partnership Director

(207) 581-2378

Prudence Searl

Prudence Searl

Administrative Staff

(207) 262-7925

George Manlove

George Manlove

Health & Fitness Consultant

(207) 458-9296

Kate Kinney

Kate Kinney

Graduate Research Assistant

Jennifer Middleton, Ph.D.

Jennifer Middleton, Ph.D.

Co-Principal Investigator - Penquis Regional Linking Project

Alison Mitchell

Alison Mitchell

Research Assistant

Jennifer Crittenden, M.S.W.

Jennifer Crittenden, M.S.W.

Assistant Director

(207) 262-7923

David Wihry, MPA

David Wihry, MPA

Project Manager

(207) 262-7928

Terri Eldridge

Terri Eldridge

Administrative Specialist

207-262-7929

Deborah Gardner

Deborah Gardner

Senior Companion Program Coordinator (Washington County)

207-255-3345

Kim Hazlett

Kim Hazlett

Senior Companion Program Coordinator (Aroostook County)

207-532-6548

Anna Saar

Anna Saar

Senior Companion Program Coordinator (Oxford, Androscoggin and Franklin Counties)

207-743-6329

Gail Watson

Gail Watson

Senior Companion Program Coordinator (Somerset and Kennebec Counties)

207-474-9622

Ellen Willinghan

Ellen Willinghan

Director, Senior Companion Program

 

 

Faculty Associates of the UMaine Center on Aging

 

Many of the most ambitious goals of the Center on Aging will be accomplished through the contributions of a broad-based collective of individuals and organizations who partner with us in preparing for an aging society and an aging Maine.

UMCoA Faculty Associates are a select roster of educators, researchers, and administrators drawn from UMaine schools and departments as well as other University of Maine System institutions and organizations. Each has special interest and/or expertise in understanding and interpreting the aging process and old age. UMCoA represents a formal site where their work in the field of aging can be facilitated and disseminated to the broader Maine community.

Faculty Associates have the opportunity to participate in Center-sponsored programming and have access to technical and administrative support, resources, and a sponsorship base for their aging-related professional activities. The Center also functions as a clearinghouse and organizational nucleus, announcing to the larger community the Faculty Associates' work in the field of aging. Further, they have the opportunity to partner and contribute their expertise to Center on Aging research, education, and community service initiatives.


UMCoA Faculty Associates
 

Name Title Affiliation Area of expertise

Marc Baranowski

Associate Professor

UM College of Education and Human Development

Aging in a family context; intergenerational relationships; lifespan development

Karen Buhr

Assistant Professor of Economics & Canadian Studies

Economics

Health Economics, Labor Economics, Health Care Workers

Paula Burnett

Director, Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP)

UMaine Center on Aging

Older adult services

Evelyn Beaulieu

Director

UM Center for Adult Learning and Literacy, College of Education and Human Development

Adult and family literacy; adult learning and teaching

Elizabeth H. Bicknell

Associate Professor of Nursing

UM School of Nursing

Health promotion and community living; health assessment; personal safety

Amy Blackstone Assistant Professor of Sociology UM College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Sociology Older workers' experiences, how perceptions of harassment vary with age.
Amy Engler Booth Clinical Faculty, Clinical Supervisor and AudioLogist UM College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders Hearing Loss, Amplification and Assistive Listening Devices, Counseling as it pertains to Hearing Loss and Aging

E. Michael Brady

Professor of Adult Education; Senior Research Fellow, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

USM Department of Human Resource Development

Older learners; reminiscence and life review

Sandra S. Butler

Associate Professor

UM School of Social Work

Rural aging; gay and lesbian aging; caregiving; elder service

Richard A. Cook Assistant Professor UM Department of Food Science & Nutrition

National Nutrition Screening Inititative Antioxidant status; dietary assessment

Margaret Cruikshank Lecturer UM Women's Studies; School of Social Work Women's aging; lesbian and gay aging; humanities and aging

J. Michael Cruz

Assistant Professor

USM Department of Sociology

Aging gay men; HIV/AIDS and the elderly

Nellie M. Cyr

Assistant Professor

UM Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education

Exercise physiology, health promotion; wellness

Elizabeth DePoy

Professor

UM School of Social Work

Disability and aging

Debra J. Eckart

Associate Professor

UM Cooperative Extension

Health and wellness; volunteer opportunities

Susan M. Ellis-Hermansen Instructor, Learning Resource Center Coordinator UM School of Nursing Teaching of gerontological nursing, dementia car, Alzheimer's disease, Incontinence care, pharmacology, interactive learning
Bonnie Cashin Farmer Assistant Professor USM School of Nursing Domestic violence and elder abuse; primary health care for older adults
Nancy J. Fishwick Associate Professor UM School of Nursing Domestic violence/elder abuse; primary health care for older adults

Stephen French Gilson

Associate Professor

UM School of Social Work

Disability and aging; aging in place; health issues and policy

Susan F. Greenwood

Lecturer

UM Department of Sociology

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (aging transitions); death and near-death religious experiences

Tara C. Healy

Assistant Professor

USM Department of Social Work

Ethics; chronic illness; life-threatening illness; hospice; caregiving; intergenerational communication

Laurie Elizabeth Hicks

Associate Professor

UM Department of Art

Art

Bertram H. Jacobs Professor UMF Department of Psychology Death and dying; health care advocacy

Deborah B. Killam

Extension Educator, Associate Extension Professor

UM Cooperative Extension

Elder caregiving; volunteer program development, management, and administration; community-based program development; faith-based initiatives

Carol H. Kim Assistant Professor UM Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Molecular Biology & NSFA Zebrafish; immunity, infectious disease
Jane Marie Kirschling Dean and Professor USM College of Nursing and Health Professions Nursing

Dorothy Klimis-Zacas

Associate Professor

UM Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Nutrition and cardiovascular disease and other chronic illness

Judy Kuhns-Hastings

Associate Professor

UM School of Nursing

Middle-aged daughter caregivers

Bill Kuykendall

Director, New Media Program

UM New Media Laboratory

Still and video documentary photography on aging

Kali Lightfoot Executive Director National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, USM; and Coordinator, Maine Senior College Network Education by and for older adults; management of volunteer organization; educational travel

Owen J. Logue

Assistant Dean of Education and Human Development

UM College of Education and Human Development

Psychosocial aspects of disability

Andrew E. Matlins AmeriCorps*Vista Senior $ense Program Director UM Center on Aging

Workforce Developement;

Older Adult Service

Robert M. Milardo

Professor

UM College of Education and Human Development

Social networks

Kim-Anne Perkins

Associate Professor

UMPI Department of Social Work

Alzheimer's disease and related disorders; psychosocial issues of aging

Jay Peters

Lecturer

UM School of Social Work

Trauma in elderly; assessment and intervention

Pat Pierson

Extension Educator

UM Cooperative Extension

Health; community organization

Mickey R. Pike

Instructor

UM School of Nursing

Gerontological nursing; geropsychological evaluations

Russell J. Quaglia

Associate Professor

UM College of Education and Human Development

Human Development

Nancy E. Richeson

Assistant Professor

USM College of Nursing and Health Professions

Psychosocial aging interventions

Michael A. Robbins

Associate Research Professor

UM Department of Psychology

Cognitive aging; aging and personality

Valerie C. Sauda

Community Partner

UM School of Nursing

Long-term care in community settings; hospice issues

Susan S. Sullivan

Assistant Professor

UM Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Osteoporosis prevention; vitamin D

Romaine Turyn

Research Associate

USM Health Policy Institute, Muskie School of Public Service

Caregiver research; needs assessment; program evaluation; Alzheimer's and dementia programs training

Judy P. Walker

Assistant Professor

UM Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Language disorders in neurologically impaired adults

Jeffrey Wren

Aquatic Director, Swim Coach

UM Department of Athletics

Fitness and skill development in aquatics and other exercise activities; esteem building