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About Dr. Lubben

Ahearn Professor, Boston College; Professor Emeritus, UCLA

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Dr. James Lubben is the inaugural holder the Louise McMahon Ahearn University Chair at Boston College in the Graduate School of Social Work where he also serves as Director of the International Doctoral Program in Social Welfare. Dr. Lubben is also Professor Emeritus at UCLA where he taught for 20 years and was Associate Dean and Chair of the Department of Social Welfare. He is the Founding Director of the Hartford Doctoral Fellows Program in Geriatric Social Work that is funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation and is administered by the Gerontological Society of America.  He also serves on the National Program Advisory Board for the Hartford Faculty Scholars Program, and has served four terms on the Congressionally mandated Nationally Advisory Committee on Gerontology and Geriatrics for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Lubben has actively promoted the development of both gerontology and social work by serving as a principal investigator or collaborator on over $25 million (direct costs) of research and training grants. He was co-principal investigator on a Health Care Financing Administration clinical trial evaluating the benefits of health promotion for Medicare elderly persons. He was the principal investigator on a National Institute of Aging (NIA) longitudinal panel study of social supports and long-term care among older Korean Americans. He was also co-principal investigator on studies of Japanese and Chinese American elderly in Los Angeles and comparable surveys in Japan, China and Hong Kong.