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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.



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Lenard Kaye, D.S.W./Ph.D.

Contact Information

(207) 262-7922


Lenard Kaye, D.S.W./Ph.D.


Lenard W. Kaye is Professor of Social Work at the University of Maine School of Social Work and Director of the University of Maine Center on Aging in the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture. During the 2000-2001 academic year, he was the Visiting Libra Professor in UMaine's College of Business, Public Policy & Health. Previously, he was Professor of Social Work and Social Research and Director of the Ph.D. Program at the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and Associate Director of the Brookdale Institute on Aging & Adult Human Development at Columbia University.

Research interests

Kaye has been the principal investigator for numerous assessments of innovative community services for older adults including projects funded by the Maine Department of Public Safety, the Maine Office of Substance Abuse, and the Maine Office of Elder Services, as well as the AARP Andrus Foundation, Pew Foundation, Families USA Foundation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Administration on Aging, John Hartford Foundation, the Brookdale Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, Maine Health Access Foundation, Philadelphia Corporation on Aging, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office on Aging. He has published 13 books and approximately 150 journal articles and book chapters on specialized topics in aging, health care, and social work practice.

Kaye sits on the national advisory boards of the Rural Assistance Center of the Center for Rural Health, University of North Dakota and the National Advisory Panel (NAP) of the Social Work Leadership Institute (SWLI) and is a founding board member of the International Institute for Pharmaceutical Safety. He is the Past President of both the New York and the Maine Gerontological Societies and the Past Chair of the National Association of Social Worker's Section on Aging. He received the Career Achievement Award of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) in 2010 and has served as a National Research Mentor for the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Scholars Program. He sits on the editorial board of the Geriatric Care Management Journal and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.


D.S.W./Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Columbia University