Institute On Aging Report

In this Issue:

- From the Director
- BC Talks Aging videos
- Roybal Annual Meeting
- Dissertation Grants
- Faculty Updates

From the Director


As you enjoy the end of your summer, I hope you might take a moment for a few Institute on Aging updates.

As the spring semester came to a close, we awarded a number of grants to BC faculty members and doctoral students in support of their exciting research. Details of which can be found in this newsletter.

We are pleased to announce that we have recently released the ninth video in our BC Talks Aging series. Available for viewing at, Social Isolation Kills! shares its title and topic with our first module, but the content is brand new.

Photos from a number of other Spring highlights, including the Boston RALI Annual Meeting, are included in this newsletter as well.

Have a safe and restful summer.


James Lubben
Director, Institute on Aging
Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor in Social Work


Prof. James Lubben

New BC Talks Aging Videos Released: Social Isolation Kills! and Identifying Social Isolation Using the LSNS

BC Talks Aging Video Captures

While BCTA has covered the topic of social isolation before, this completely new video entitled “Social Isolation Kills!” asks What does social isolation in later life mean for a person? As the title implies, diverse negative health effects of social isolation are discussed in detail. The second video in the set is entitled “Identifying Social Isolation Using the Lubben Social Network Scale.” This video describes this commonly used assessment instrument highlighting its utility for research and clinical practice applications.

The BC Talks Aging series continues to grow with two additional new videos scheduled for release later this fall. School of Social Work Assistant Professor Erika Sabbath will present “Workplace exposures can affect us as we age,” to be released. SSW Associate Professor Rocio Calvo will examine “The Happiness of Older Adults” in a video to be released in October.

Access the BC Talks Aging modules »

BC Talks Aging Screenshots

Scholars present Aging-related Research at RALI Annual Meeting

Nancy Morrow-Howell at her keynote address

The Institute on Aging hosted and co-sponsored the Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyle Interventions (RALI) Annual Meeting on June 15, 2017. RALI is dedicated to improving health in middle-aged and older adults. Pilot project investigators presented their work with time for feedback and discussion about ways to promote healthy aging. Nancy Morrow-Howell, past president of the Gerontological Society of America, presented the keynote address, titled “Activity Patterns and Health in Later Life.”

Learn more about the Boston RALI Annual Meeting »


IOA Continues to Supports Aging-related Research with Grant Awards for Faculty and Students

In 2017, the IOA awarded two new Aging Research Incentive Grants (ARIG), two Dissertation Grants, and six Travel Grants over the course of the year. Award recipients are:

  • ARIG - Elizabeth Kensinger, Psychology - Research Proposal Title: "Examine how the lifestyle factors of physical activity levels and circadian activity rhythm stability relate to brain health"
  • ARIG - Abhishek Chatterjee, Chemistry - Research Proposal Title: "Role of tryptophan and tyrosine nitration in human aging and age-associated diseases"
  • Dissertation - Mary Antonelli ’17, Nursing - Title: "The Experience of Older Adult Couples Living with Chronic Illness at Home"
  • Dissertation - Yeon Jin Choi ’17, Social Work - Title: "Home and Neighborhood Environments and Older Adults’ Well-Being"
  • Travel - Hila Axelrad, Social Work - Conference:  Gerontological Society of America
  • Travel - Antonia Diaz-Valdes, Social Work - Conference: Society of Social Work Research and International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Conference
  • Travel - Pablo Gaitan-Rossi, Social Work - Conference: American Public Health Association
  • Travel - HaeNim Lee, Social Work - Conference: Society of Social Work Research
  • Travel - Yihan Wang, Social Work - Conference: Society of Social Work Research and Gerontological Society of America
  • Travel - Julie Miller, Social Work - Conference: Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Conference

Learn how to apply for an IOA grant »

BC Talks Aging Screenshots

Dissertation Grant Awardee

Congratulations to IOA Dissertation Award Recipient Yeon Jin Choi! She successfully defended her dissertation titled "Home and neighborhood environments and older adults' well-being." Choi recently accepted a post-doctoral fellowship at University of Michigan School of Social Work. She is pictured here with her dissertation committee, who are also IOA faculty: Jim Lubben, Christina Matz-Costa, and Sara Moorman.


In Case You Missed It Carrie Johnson presenting a poster

BC Talks Aging at Excellence in Teaching Day: Carrie Johnson presented a poster titled “BC Talks Aging: Producing online learning modules” at the Excellence in Teaching Day Teaching Innovation Poster Session (photo at left).

See the ETD poster »



Carina Katigbak stands with her poster

ARIG grantee Carina Katigbak presented a poster on her ARIG funded research at the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology on July 24, 2017, titled “Chinese Immigrants Views on Exercise and Using Technology to Enhance Physical Activity."

See Carina's poster »

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