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Our Faculty


Dr. Stacy Kolomer Ph.D.
Interim Program Coordinator/Professor
MH 3072

Research Interests:
Impact of combat experience on the aging process
Process of preminiscing to create meaning in aging
Impact of disasters on older adults
Cross-cultural study of aging


Dr. Elizabeth Fugate-Whitlock
Ph.D., Medical College of Virginia,
Virginia Commonwealth University
NB 2047

Research Interests:
Natural Disasters & Older Adults
Access to Health Care for Older Adults
Health Policy

Candace Ashton, LRT/CTRS
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Focus: Older Women, Retirement, Widowhood, Leisure, Recreation Therapy and Geriatrics

Tim Ballard
Department of Biology and Marine Biology
Ph.D., Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Wake Forest University
Focus: Skeletal Development

Karen Daniels
Department of Psychology
Ph.D., Georgia Institute of Technology
Focus: Cognitive Psychology

Milan Dluhy
Department of Public and International Affairs
Ph.D., University of Michigan
Focus: Social Policy, Urban Policy, Quality of Life Indicators

Candace Gauthier
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Focus: Informed Consent, Confidentiality, Medical Ethics

Joseph Kishton
Department of Psychology
Ph.D., Ohio State University
Focus: Psychobiography, Self-Concept Development

Barbara Waxman
Department of English
Ph.D., City University of New York
Focus: Aging and Literature, Women’s Studies in Literature, Multicultural U.S. Literature,

Alissa Dark-Freudeman
Department of Psychology
University of Florida
Focus: Adult Development and Aging, Self-Regulation, Self-Concept

Dr. Angela Wadsworth
Department of Sociology & Criminology
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Dr. Judy Kinney
School of Health & Applied Human Sciences
Focus: Research Methods, Educational Psychology

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