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AGING & DISABILITY OPTIONS

Advancing quality of life and community integration for older adults and individuals with disabilities

We are leaders in applied research to improve social service practice and policy with older adults, working to prepare tomorrow’s scholars and practitioners in gerontological social work.  Our researchers collaborate with older adults, and maintain relationships with community and state partners, to produce high quality research that is both rooted in micro practice, and has further reaching macro level impact.  We provide strengths based gerontological resources, training, and unique educational opportunities that help develop faculty and students’ knowledge and skill in working with older adults.  We are driven to contribute empirically to the knowledge base, and also to advocate for the implementation of empirically-based interventions, and strive to positively impact policies that affect the lives of the people we are committed to helping.

 

 

Research Projects

 

Medicaid Functional Eligibility Instrument Development

  • PI: Wendel-Hummell, C.
  • Funder: Funder: Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Service

FACULTY & RESEARCHERS

 

Sarah Jen, Assistant Professor

Sarah Jen

Scholarship Focus
Intersections of social work, gerontology, and sexuality; support the sexual needs of aging populations and to improve the health and well-being of LGBTQ midlife and older adults.

 Grand Challenge
Achieve equal opportunity and justice. Close the health gap. Advance long and productive lives.

Carrie Wendel-Hummell, Research Project Director, Director for the Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options

Carrie Wendel-Hummell

Scholarship Focus
Healthcare and long term services and supports policy, mental health over the life-course, aging with disabilities, mixed methods research, community based research.

 Grand Challenge
Eradicate social isolation. Close the health gap. Advance long and productive lives.

Rosemary Chapin, Professor Emerita

Carrie Wendel-Hummell

Scholarship Focus
Healthcare and long term services and supports policy, mental health over the life-course, aging with disabilities.

 Grand Challenge
Eradicate social isolation. Close the health gap. Advance long and productive lives.


Research Office Contacts
Amy Mendenhall
Associate Dean for Research
amendenhall@ku.edu
785-864-4792
 
Jenni Atwood
Research Office Manager
atwoodj@ku.edu
785-864-7368
Social Welfare Research Events
Recent Publications & Presentations
Palmer, A., Elliott, W., & Cheatham, G. (2017). Effects of extracurricular activities on postsecondary completion for students with disabilities. The Journal of Educational Research. 110(2), 151-158.
 
Jen, S. (2018). Sexuality of midlife and older women: A review of theory use. Journal of Women & Aging, 30(3), 204-226.