Kate de Medeiros, PhD

Kate de Medeiros, PhD

O'Toole Family Professor, Sociology and Gerontology
Scripps Research Fellow
Affiliate, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Phone: 513-529-9648 
Office: Upham Hall, 342


PhD, Gerontology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
MS, Gerontology, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB)
BA, English and American Literature, Northwestern University

Research Interests

The aging self, narratives and life stories, generativity, friendships in later life, the arts in dementia research

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles

de Medeiros, K., & Etter-Lewis, G. (2019). “Place” in the small stories of African American elders: A narrative case study. The Gerontologist: gnz122. doi:10.1093/geront/gnz122.

Swinnen, A., & de Medeiros, K. (2017). “Play” and people living with dementia: A humanities-based inquiry of TimeSlips and the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. The Gerontologist: 58(2), 261-269. Advanced access publication available online on January 18, 2017. doi:10.1093/geront/gnw196.

de Medeiros, K., & Rubinstein, R. (2016). Depression and the performance of masculinity in a military retirement community. Men and Masculinities.19(2), 148-166. doi:1097184X15606932.

de Medeiros, K., & Rubinstein, R. (2015). “Shadow stories” in oral interviews: Narrative care through careful listening. Journal of Aging Studies, 34, 162-186. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2015.02.009.

Rubinstein, R., & de Medeiros, K.. (2015). Successful aging, Gerontological theory, and neoliberalism: A qualitative critique. The Gerontologist. 55(1), 34-42. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnu080.

de Medeiros, K., & Basting, A. (2014). “Shall I compare thee to a dose of donepezil?”: An overview of intervention research in dementia care. The Gerontologist. 54(3), 344-353. doi:10.1093/geront/gnt055.

de Medeiros, K., Saunders, P., Doyle, P., Mosby, A., & Van Haitsma, K. (2012). Friendship among people with dementia in long-term care. Dementia. 11(3), 363-382.

Doyle, P., de Medeiros, K., & Saunders, P. (2012). Nested social groups within the social environment of a dementia care assisted living facility. Dementia. 11(3), 383-400.

de Medeiros, K., Mosby, A., Hanley, K., Suarez, M., & Brandt, J. (2011). A randomized clinical trial of a writing workshop intervention to improve autobiographical memory and wellbeing in older adults. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 26(8), 803-811.

de Medeiros, K., Robert, P., Gauthier, S., Stella, F., Politis, A., Leoutskakos, J., Taragano, F., Kremer, J., Brugnolo, A., Porsteinsson, A., Geda, Y., Brodaty, H., Gazdag, G., Cummings, J., & Lyketsos, C. (2010). The Neuropsychiatric Inventory-Clinician rating scale (NPI-C): Reliability and validity of a revised assessment of neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia. International Psychogeriatrics. 22(6), 984-994.

de Medeiros, K. (2005). The complementary self in old age. Journal of Aging Studies. 19(1), 1-13.


Whittington, F. J., Kunkel, S. R., de Medeiros, K. (2020). Global Aging: Comparative Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course (2nd ed.). New York: Springer Publishing. (413 pages).

de Medeiros, K. (2016). The Short Guide to Gerontology. Bristol, UK: Policy Press. (241 pages)

de Medeiros, K. (2014). Narrative Gerontology in Research and Practice. New York: Spring Publishing. (256 pages).


Complete list of published work in MyBibliography 

Highlighted Work

Book cover for The short guide to aging and gerontology

“This compact, focused guide is perfect for students and others new to the field of gerontology.” Thomas Cole, University of Texas

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Book cover Narrative Gerontology in Research and Practice

“This book will no doubt support a growing number of us who see [narrative gerontology] as a field with much potential, within and outside of academia.”  Kathy D. Lohr, Ed.D., East Carolina University, Educational Gerontology

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