Doctoral Students

 Access to faculty.In the classroom and one-on-one,  Our students have access to some of  The best scholars in the field.  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.  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.
 Montage of photos of students on Miami’s campus: Walking through Upham arch in the fall, two photos of students interacting with faculty, a student giving a presentation, a student working with an Opening Minds through Art artist, and taking a selfie with friends on graduation day.  Montage of photos of students on Miami’s campus: Walking through Upham arch in the fall, two photos of students interacting with faculty, a student giving a presentation, a student working with an Opening Minds through Art artist, and taking a selfie with friends on graduation day.
 We mentor tomorrow's experts in aging. At Scripps, engaging gerontology students  in meaningful research projects is a priority.  We mentor tomorrow's experts in aging. At Scripps, engaging gerontology students  in meaningful research projects is a priority.

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:
Feminist perspectives on aging and embodiment, witnessing and the problematics of recognition, and narrative gerontology


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

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

Research Interests:
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. Chahal Jasleen K. Chahal
chahaljk@MiamiOH.edu

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

Research Interests:
Illness prevention and self-management of health, especially among the aging Hispanic population


Adrienne Chang Adrienne Chang
changa3@MiamiOH.edu

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

Research Interests:
Spirituality and aging, 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


Da Jung Chang Da Jung Chang
changd2@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MS, Nursing, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan
BS, Geriatric Nurse and Care Management and Nursing, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan

Research Interests:
Policy and long-term care in the aging society and improving disease symptoms in elderly people including therapy of dementia


Usha DhakalUsha Dhakal
ddhakalu@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MGS, Miami University, BS Nursing, Pokhara University, Nepal

Areas of Interest:
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, creating age-friendly communities, and health and aging


Oksana Dikhtyar Oksana Dikhtyar
dikhtioa@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MBA, Miami University

Research Interests:
Assessing the need for and creation of a support system for caregivers of family members with dementia 


Chelsea Goldstein Chelsea Goldstein
goldstcn@MiamiOH.edu

Education: 
MGS, Miami University, BA, Anthropology, University of South Carolina

Areas of Interest: 
Nexus of aging and disability, particularly aging with invisible disability throughout the life course


Nytasia Hicks Nytasia Hicks
hicksn@MiamiOH.edu

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

Research Interests:
Minority global aging, mental health, and social welfare systems in gerontology


Leah Janssen Leah Janssen
jansselm@MiamiOH.edu

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

Research Interests:
Emotional intelligence and mental health in older adults as well as those who serve older adults in different capacities


Katherine Kennedy Katherine Kennedy
kennedk@MiamiOH.edu

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

Research Interests:
Long-term care and quality of care interventions for persons with dementia and their caregivers


Valerie Kessler
kesslevl@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MGS, Master of Gerontological Studies, Miami University; BS, Psychology, University of Central Florida

Research Interests:
Older adults with autism, what it looks like to age well with autism, age-friendly communities, the concept of quality of life, and the arts and aging


Athena Koumoutzis
koumouan@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MA, Human Development and Family Studies, Kent State University
BS, Human Development and Family Studies/Family Life Education Kent State University

Research Interests:
stress processes associated with informal caregiving including: demographic variables, sociocultural contexts, negative health behaviors and outcomes, and psychophysiological biomarkers


Nancy Malay Nancy 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 hHperspective in aging, lifespan and aging, social convoys/networking, and community-based long-term care


Nader Mehri Nader Mehri
mehrin@MiamiOH.edu

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

Research Interests:
Demography of aging, demographic estimation methods, applied statistics, meta-analysis, and family demography


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

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

Research Interests:
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


Xiao QiuXiao Qiu
qiux@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
Master of Gerontological Studies, Miami University
BE, Bioengineering, Wuhan Institute of Bioengineering

Research Interests:
Health inequality, long-term care, and quantitative analysis


Sara Stemen Sara Stemen
stemense@MiamiOH.edu

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

Research Interests:
Intersection of social connectedness and well-being, the experience of bereavement and continuing bonds in later life, and the social construction of age


Na Sun Na Sun
sunn2@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
Master of Gerontological Studies, Miami University
MA, International Journalism, Communication University of China
BA, Business English, Xi’an International Studies University, China

Research Interests:
Quantitative analysis of health and aging and technology and aging


Korijna Valenti Korijna 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:
End-of-life/palliative care, LGBTQ aging, lifecourse narratives, health disparities, and aging


Ryan Walker Ryan Walker
walkerr4@MiamiOH.edu

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

Research Interests:
Economics of aging, social welfare policy, aging and politics, retirement, long-term care, and older workers


Ziyao Xu Ziyao Xu
xuz69@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MSG, University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, Los Angeles
BA, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing

Research Interests:
Public policy, mental health and depression, Alzheimer's-related research and education


Lei Yu
Lei Yu@MiamiOH.edu

Education:
MSG, University of Southern California Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, Los Angeles; BA, Advertising, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan

Research Interests:
Life course, aging policy, the end of life care, and preparation for future care needs