Access to faculty: in the classroom and one-on-one, our students have access to some of the best scholars in the field.
Where are they Now? Our recent MGS graduates are working in aging services and administration; employed in aging-related research, government or private sector positions; and earning advanced degrees.
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We mentor tomorrow
In 2015 more than 60% of our full-time gerontology graduate students gave presentations at professional conferences.

Doctoral Students

Annabelle Arbogast
arbogaal@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MA, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Cincinnati
BA, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Richmond

Research Interests:
Annabelle’s research interests include feminist perspectives on aging and embodiment, witnessing and the problematics of recognition, and narrative gerontology.


Diane BerishDiane Berish
berishd@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MA, Cognitive Psychology, University of Virginia
BA, Psychology, University of Notre Dame

Research Interests:
Diane’s research interests are in public policy and aging with a focus on long-term care.


Danielle BlackDanielle E. Black
eynonbde@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MEd, Transformative Education, Miami University
BS, Business Management, University of Cincinnati

Research Interests:
Danielle is interested in education in later life, games and learning, care transitions, design for all, and end-of-life care administration, policy, and research.


Jiawei (Gavin) CaoJiawei (Gavin) Cao
caoj9@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MS, Gerontology, University of Southern California
BS, Rehabilitation Therapy, Nanjing Medical University, China

Research Interests:
Gavin’s research interests include health issues in family caregiving, especially family caregivers’ quality of life (QOL); fall prevention interventions in a non-hospital setting; and how transportation affects older adults’ daily living.


Jasleen K. ChahalJasleen K. Chahal
chahaljk@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
Master of Gerontological Studies, Miami University
BS, Hispanic Studies and Pre-Med, University of Kentucky

Research Interests:
Jasleen’s interests are illness prevention and self-management of health, especially among the aging Hispanic population.


Adrienne ChangAdrienne Chang
changa3@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MA, International Public Policy, Columbia University
BA, International Affairs, George Washington University

Research Interests:
Adrienne’s primary interests are in the areas of spirituality and aging. Current research includes investigations of moral development in older adults; hospice and end-of-life care, and traditional Buddhist teachings and mindfulness meditation interventions as applied in older adult populations.


Oksana DikhtyarOksana Dikhtyar
dikhtioa@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MBA, Miami University

Research Interests:
Oksana's research interests are assessing the need for and creation of a support system for caregivers of family members with dementia.


Sarah J. HahnSarah J. Hahn
hahnsj2@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
Master of Gerontological Studies, Miami University
BA, Psychology and Sociology, SUNY Cortland

Research Interests:
Sarah’s research interests include housing and relocation in older age, caregiving, and gerontology in higher education.


Cassandra HauCassandra Hua
koehncl@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
Master of Gerontological Studies, Miami University
BA, Gerontology,  University of South Florida

Research Interests:
Cassandra’s primary interest is obesity and aging, with an emphasis on how the neighborhood environment is related to weight gain in this age group. She is also interested in long-term care.


Nytasia HicksNytasia Hicks
hicksn@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MSW, Wright State University
BSW, Wright State University

Research Interests:
Nytasia’s primary interests are minority global aging, mental health, and social welfare systems in gerontology.


Leah JanssenLeah Janssen
jansselm@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
Master of Gerontological Studies, Miami University
BA, Sociology & Gerontology, Miami University

Research Interests:
Leah is interested in emotional intelligence and mental health in older adults as well as those who serve older adults in different capacities.


Katherine KennedyKatherine Kennedy
kennedk@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MS in Gerontology, University of Southern California
BS in Psychology, Santa Clara University

Research Interests:
Katherine’s interests include long-term care and quality of care interventions for persons with dementia and their caregivers.


Nancy MalayNancy Malay
malaynj@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MEd, Educational Psychology, Miami University
BS, Physical Therapy, Hunter College of The City University of New York

Research Interests:
Nancy’s interests include health and aging, cumulative inequality, global aging, feminist/gender perspective in aging, lifespan and aging, social convoys/networking, and community-based long term care.


Nader MehriNader Mehri
mehrin@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MA, Demography, University of Tehran, Iran
BA, Sociology, Allame Tabatabaei University, Iran

Research Interests:
Nadar’s primary interests are the demography of aging, demographic estimation methods, applied statistics, meta-analysis, and family demography.


Ian “Matt” NelsonIan “Matt” Nelson
nelsonim@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
Master of Gerontological Studies, Miami University
BA, Susquehanna University

Research Interests:
Matt’s primary interests are quantitative data analyses, data management, mental health and aging, long-term care policy, and disability across the life-course


Candidus (Candi) NwakasiCandidus (Candi) Nwakasi
nwakascc@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MS, Public Health, University of Sunderland, United Kingdom
BS, Biochemistry, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria.

Research Interests:
Candi is interested in sociocultural factors influencing the quality of care of the aged and their families, dementia caregiving, health improvement of the aged population, and health and well-being of minority populations.


AviElle RaymoreAviElle Raymore
raymoran@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MA, Gerontology, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
BA, Anthropology, Brown University

Research Interests:
AviElle is interested in grandparents raising grandchildren, multi-generational households, and rural aging.


Senjooti RoySenjooti Roy
roys3@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MSW, Social Work, University of Mumbai, India

Research Interests:
Senjooti is interested in climate change and aging of rural and indigenous populations, global aging, demography and health, culture and aging, theories of aging, and qualitative and mixed research methods.


Philip SauerPhilip E. Sauer
sauerp@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
Master of Gerontological Studies, Miami University
Zwischenprüfung (BA equivalent), Gerontology, Nursing Science, and English, Heidelberg University, Germany

Research Interests:
Philip’s interests include global aging, dementia, and creative arts & aging. In his dissertation, Philip is using quantitative, qualitative, and spatial data analysis techniques to explore potential reasons for differences in worldwide dementia prevalence rates, the burden of disease, and will highlight national-level policy initiatives aimed at preparing various health care stakeholders for increasing numbers of people with dementia.


Sara StemenSara Stemen
stemense@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
Master of Gerontological Studies, Miami University
BS, Family Studies, Miami University

Research Interests:
Sara is interested in caregiving, narrative and life stories, resilience, happiness, and program development and evaluation.


Korijna ValentiKorijna Valenti
valentkg@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MA, English, University of Colorado, Denver
MS, Gerontology, University of Southern California, LA
Master’s of Professional Writing (Memoir), University of Southern California, LA

Research Interests:
Korijna’s primary interests include end-of-life/palliative care, LGBTQ aging, lifecourse narratives, health disparities and aging


Ryan WalkerRyan Walker
walkerr4@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MS, Political Science, Florida State University
BA, Economics, Kent State University

Research Interests:
Ryan’s interests are the economics of aging, social welfare policy, aging and politics, retirement, long-term care, and older workers.