Jennifer L. Heston, PhD, LISW

Postdoctoral Fellow

Education

PhD, Social Gerontology, Miami University
MSW, Social Work, The Ohio State University
BA, Social Work, Miami University

Research Interests

Direct care workers; person-centered care; family caregiving; long-term care policy and programs; individual and family long-term care planning and decision-making; end-of-life values and decision-making 

Biographical Sketch

Jennifer Heston, PhD, LISW is active in qualitative and evaluation research in long-term care policy and programs. Her research includes explorations of the experiences and roles of direct care workers; person-centered care; family caregiving; individual and family planning and decision-making; end-of-life values and decision-making; and evaluation of formal services.

Prior to beginning her research career, Dr. Heston worked within the aging network as a direct care worker and social worker in residential long-term care. She is currently engaged in projects designed to promote and sustain person-and family-centered care at home, to develop and evaluate caregiver assessment for Ohio’s home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs, and to explore the end-of-life values and decision-making of marginalized individuals and groups.