James Lubben

Professor Emeritus

Founding Director of the Institute on Aging

School of Social Work


James Lubben, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at Boston College. He was the Louise McMahon Ahearn Endowed Professor in Social Work for 15 years. He is also Professor Emeritus at UCLA where he taught for 20 years and was Associate Dean and Department Chair.  The primary aim of his research agenda examines social isolation as a behavioral health risk among older populations. To carry out this research, he developed the Lubben Social Network Scale (LSNS), an abbreviated measure designed for both research and clinical use among older populations. It has been cited in over 1500 research articles. Dr. Lubben has offered consultation to the World Health Organization regarding health and welfare systems development for aging societies. He served four terms (12 years) on the Congressionally mandated Gerontology and Geriatrics Advisory Committee for the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He is presently co-investigator on a Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyles in Aging pilot project, which is funded by the National Institute on Aging. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and also a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.