Current & Past Grant Recipients

2014 Grant Recipients

Grantee: Nina Kohn, J.D., and Israel Doron, LL.B, LL.M., Ph.D.

Nina Kohn, Professor of Law, Syracuse University College of Law, Syracuse, New York

Israel Doron, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Work, Department of Gerontology, Haifa University, Israel

Project Title: Connecting ElderLaw and Gerontology

Grantee: Lauren Lisi, J.D., and Pennelope Hommel, M.Sc.

Lauren Lisi, Consulting Attorney, The Center for Social Gerontology, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Pennelope Hommel, Co-Director, The Center for Social Gerontology, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Project Title: National Survey of Statewide Reporting Practices for Title III-B Legal Services, Creation of Guidelines for Uniform Statewide Reporting Systems & Steps Needed to Move Toward Uniform Nationwide Reporting

Grantee: Jan Mutchler, Ph.D., Caitlyn Coyle, M.S., and John Kramer, Ph.D.

Jan Mutchler, Director, Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging, Gerontology Department and Institute, Univeristy of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

Caitlin Coyle, Researcher, Gerontology Department & Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

John Kramer, Research Associate, Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

Project Title: Bridging Aging and Disability: The Role of Aging and Disability Resource Centers in Serving Adults Aging with Intellectual Disabilities and Their Family Caregivers

Grantee: Diane Thompson, J.D.

Diane Thompson, Of Counsel, The National Consumer Law Center, Boston, Massachusetts

Project Title: The Need for Mortgage Modifications When a Spouse or Long-Term Partner Dies

2013 Grant Recipients

Grantee: Rachel Gershon, J.D., M.P.H, and Stephanie Anthony, J.D., M.P.H., Principal Associate

Rachel Gershon, J.D., M.P.H, Senior Research Policy Analyst, University of  Massachusetts School of Medicine Center for Health Law and Economics, Charlestown, Massachusetts

Stephanie Anthony, J.D., M.P.H., Principal Associate, University of  Massachusetts School of Medicine Center for Health Law and Economics, Charlestown, Massachusetts

Project Title: Thinking Long-Term: An Evaluation of Financing Options for Long-Term Services and Supports

Grantee: Andrew Hostetler, Ph.D., and Robin Toof, Ed.D.

Andrew Hostetler, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts

Robin Toof, Ed.D., Co-Director and Senior Program Evaluator, Center for Family, Work, and Community, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts

Project Title: Remodeling Senior Centers for Diverse Populations and a “New Old Age”

Grantee: Tara Twomey, J.D.

Tara Twomey, J.D., Of Counsel, National Consumer Law Center, Boston, Massachusetts

Project Title: Addressing the Debt Burdens of Older Americans: An Examination of the Intersection of Bankruptcy and Reverse Mortgages

Grantee: Stacey Wood, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Scripps College, Claremont, California

Project Title: Developing a Laboratory Model for the Rigorous Study of Elder Financial Exploitation 

2012 Grant Recipients

Grantee: Teresa Ghilarducci, Ph.D., and Joelle Saad-Lessler, Ph.D

Teresa Ghirladucci, Professor, Department of Economics, The New School for Social Research, New York, New York

Joelle Saad-Lessler, Economist/Statistician, Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, The New School for Social Research, New York, New York, and Assistant Professor of Economics, Long Island University, Brookville, New York

Project Title: The Crisis of Jobs and Healthcare for Unemployed Americans Aged 55-64

Grantee: Gilbert Gimm, Ph.D., M.B.A., and Tony Yang, J.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.

Gilbert Gimm, Associate Professor, Dept. of Health Administration and Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

Tony Yang, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Health Administration and Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia

Project Title: The Effect of Paid Leave Policies on Family Caregivers for the Elderly: Evidence from State Laws

Grantee: Maureen Henry, J.D.

Maureen Henry, Executive Director, Utah Commission on Aging and the Utah Aging and Disability Resource Center, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Project Title: Evaluating the Accuracy of POLST Form Content

Grantee: Katherine C. Pearson, J.D.

Katherine C. Pearson, Professor of Law and Director, Elder Protection Clinic, Pennsylvania State Universitiy, The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Project Title: Crossing Borders and Barriers: How Older Adults Access Legal Advice and Information for Effective Justice

2011 Grant Recipients

Grantee: Claudia Martin, J.D., LL.M, Diego Rodriquez-Pinzon, J.D., LL.M., S.J.D., and Vladislav Michalik, J.D., LL.M.

Claudia Martin, Professor, Co-Director, Academy of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington College of Law-American University, Washington, D.C.

Diego Rodriquez-Pinzon, Professor, Co-Director, Academy of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington College of Law-American University, Washington, D.C.

Vladislav Michalik, Project Coordinator, Academy of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington College of Law-American University, Washington, D.C.

Project Title: Global and Regional Rights of Older Person (book project to compile and critique international human rights regimes for protection of civil, political, economic, and cultural rights of older persons)

Grantee:  Margot Saunders, J.D., and Leah Plunkett, J.D.

Margot Saunders, J.D., National Consumer Law Center, Washington, D.C.

Leah Plunkett, J.D., National Consumer Law Center, Boston, Massachusetts

Project Title: Protecting Older Americans' Social Security Benefits from Illegal Seizure by Banks (analysis of and recommended improvements in proposed federal regulations governing mandated electronic deposit of benefits and exemption from creditor garnishment or set off)

Grantee:  Richard Van Duizend, J.D., and Brenda K. Uekert, Ph.D.

Richard Van Duizend, J.D., Principal Court Management Consultant, National Center for State Courts, Arlington, Virginia

Brenda K. Uekert, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, National Center for State Courts, Arlington, Virginia

Project Title:  Revisions and Updating of the 1993 National Probate Court Standards (to be guided and overseen by a nine-person national task force with representatives from probate court judges, probate court administrators, and trusts and estates practitioners)

2010 Grant Recipients

Grantee:  Israel Doron, LL.B., LL.M., Ph.D., and Kim Dayton, J.D.

Dr. Israel Doron, Senior Lecturer, School of Social Work, Department of Gerontology, Haifa University

Professor Kim Dayton, William Mitchell College of Law, Center for Elder Justice & Policy

Project Title: Municipal Law and the Rights of Older Persons

Grantee: Elizabeth Dugan, Ph.D.

Professor, Gerontology Institute, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Project Title:  Older Driver Safety and States' Licensing Policies

Grantee: Samantha Morton, J.D.

Executive Director, Medical-Legal Partnership, Department of Pediatrics, Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts

Project Title: Collaborative Research Providing Medical-Legal Services to Elders

Grantee: David Neumark, Ph.D

Professor, Department of Economics, University of California, Irvine

Project Title: Population Aging, Social Security Reform, and the Employment of Older Americans: The Role of Stronger Age Discrimination Laws

2009 Grant Recipients

Grantee:  Betsy Abramson, J.D.

Elder Law Consultant

Project Title: Wisconsin's New Individuals-at-Risk Restraining Order: Evaluation, Refinement, Training and National Model

Grantee: Mary Joy Quinn, M.A., and Deana A. Piazza, M.A.

Mary Joy Quinn, Director of Probate, Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco

Deana Piazza, Senior Research Analyst, California Administrative Office of the Courts

Project Title: Undue Influence: Definitions and Applications

Grantee: Carmel Dyer, M.D.

Director, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Professor of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Project Title: Forensic Markers and Risk for Death in Cases Reported to Adult Protective Services

2008 Grant Recipients

Grantee: Edith Greene, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Project Title: Using Psychological Evidence to Enhance Prosecution of Elder Financial Abuse

Grantee: Wayne Nelson, Ph.D.

Professor, Towson University, Towson, Maryland

Project Title: The Ombudsman As a Community Presence in the Fog of Disaster

Grantee: Barbara Soniat, Ph.D.

Professor, School of Social Science, Catholic University, Washington, D.C.

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Grantee: Stacey Wood, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Scripps College, Claremont, California

Project Title: Development of Capacity Assessment Handbook for Psychologists

2007 Grant Recipients

Grantee: Rosemary K. Chapin, Ph.D

Professor and Director, Office of Aging and Long Term Care, Kansas University School of Social Welfare

Project Title: The Community Tenure of Older Adult Hoarders: Identifying Risks and Enhancing Opportunities

Grantee: John Howat, J.D., and Philene Taormina, J.D.

John Howat, National Consumer Law Center

Philene Taormina, AARP

Project Title:  Energy Affordability Crisis and Its Threat to Independent Living

Grantee: Tara L. Victor, Ph.D., and Andrew Dean, Ph.D.

Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Department of Psychiatry

Project Title:  Assessing Effort During Competency Evaluations with Individuals Who May Be Demented

Grantee: Lisa M. Brown, Ph.D.

Department of Aging and Mental Health, FMHI, University of South Florida

Project Title: Hurricanes and Long Term Care Facilities: Creating State Models for Legal and Regulatory Responsibility for Disaster Preparedness, Response and Recovery

2006 Grant Recipients

Grantee: Allen Glicksman, Ph.D., and Sanford Pfeffer, J.D.

Philadelphia Corporation for Aging

Project Title: Incapacity and Guardianship: Addressing the Additional Demand on the Court System from Increases in the Number and Complexity of Guardianship Cases

Grantee: Edith Greene, Ph.D.

Department of Psychology, University of Colorado

Project Title: Legal Assessment of Decision Making in Older Adults

Grantee: Whitney Brosi, Ph.D. and Richard Ingham, J.D.

Whitney Brosi, Assistant Professor of Gerontology, Oklahoma State University

Richard Ingham, Legal Services Developer, Aging Services Division Oklahoma Department of Human Services

Project Title: Legal Service Utilization and Policy Needs of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

2005 Grant Recipients

Grantee: Jennifer Moye, Ph.D.

Director, Geriatric Mental Health Clinic,VA Boston Health Care System and Assistant Professor Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Project Title: Aging, Capacity and Limited Guardianship: A Guide for Judges on Obtaining, Interpreting and Applying Functional Assessments of Capacity for Guardianship

Grantee: Deanne Loonin, J.D., and Elizabeth Renuart, J.D.

National Consumer Law Center

Project Title: Aging into Debt: Solutions for the Growing Threat to Elder Finances

Grantee: Eric Carlson, J.D.

National Senior Citizens Law Center

Project Title: Using Anti-Discrimination Laws to Protect Assisted Living Residents

2004 Grant Recipients

Grantee: Eric Carlson, J.D.

National Senior Citizens Law Center

Project Title: Maximizing Choice or Waiving Rights? A Comprehensive Legal Evaluation of the Use of Negotiated Risk Agreements in Assisted Living Facilities

Grantee: Alfred J. Chiplin, Jr., J.D., M.Div.

Center for Medicare Advocacy, Inc.

Project Title: Fashioning a “Transitional Care Services” Benefit in Medicare

Grantee: Ellen Martin, J.D.

Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University, College of Human Environmental Sciences, Gerontology Institute and Department of Human Development and Family Sciences

Project Title: Assessment of and Recommended Changes to Delivery of Medicare Diabetes Prevention and Self-Maintenance Programs for Affected Elderly, Low Income, Uneducated, Black Women

Grantee: Max B. Rothman, J.D., LL.M.

The Center on Aging at Florida International University

Project Title: Judicial Responses to an Aging America

Grantee: Thomas E. Finucane, M.D.

Johns Hopkins Geriatric Center

Project Title: Weight Loss in Nursing Homes: Policy, Science and Surveyors

2003 Grant Recipients

Grantee: Robin Fretwell Wilson, J.D., and J. Wanzer Drane

Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson, University of South Carolina, School of Law

Professor J. Wanzer Drane, University of South Carolina, School of Public Health

Project Title: Closing the Gaps in the Medicare Assistance Programs for the Low-Income Elderly

Grantee: Professor Yvonne L. Michael, Sc.D

School of Community Health, Portland State University

Project Title: Neighborhood, Built Environment, and Health Among Urban Seniors

Grantee: Natalie K. Thomas, J.D., and Richard Ingham, J.D.

Natalie K. Thomas, Division of Aging Services, Atlanta

Mr. Richard Ingham, Legal Services Developer, Aging Services Division, Oklahoma Department of Human Services

Project Title: State Legal Services Development: Where is It and Where Should It Be?

Grantee: Pamela B. Teaster, Ph.D.

Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, University of Kentucky

Project Title: End-of-Life Decision Making for Incapacitated Persons: The Resolution of a Life Under Guardianship

2002 Grant Recipients

Grantee: Eleanor Crosby, J.D., and Rose Nathan, J.D., M.P.H.

Eleanor Crosby, Managing Attorney, Georgia Senior Legal Hotline, Atlanta Legal Aid Society

Rose Nathan, Policy Analyst, Office on Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Project Title: Adult Guardianship in Georgia

Grantee: Madonna Harrington Meyer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology; Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research, The Maxwell School; Director, University Gerontology Center, Syracuse University

Project Title: Feasibility of a National Medicaid Equalization Law

Grantee: Diane E. Hoffman, J.D.

Associate Dean for Faculty and External Affairs; Professor of Law & Director, Law & Health Care Program, University of Maryland School of Law

Project Title: Impact of Office of Inspector General Fraud Alerts on Use of Hospice by Nursing Homes

Grantee: Elizabeth Capezuti

Associate Director for Nursing Science, Emory Center for Health in Aging, Emory University School of Medicine

Project Title: Medico-Legal Analysis of Bed-Related Fall Injuries Among Hospitalized Older Adults

2001 Grant Recipients

Grantee: Perry Edelman, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Research, Northwestern University, Institute for Health Services Research & Policy Studies

Project Title: Maximizing Quality of Life in Assisted Living for People With Alzheimer's Disease

Grantee: Kevin D. Frick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Economics and School of Hygiene and Public Health

Project Title: The Political Economy of the Experience Corps

Grantee: Alison E. Hirschel, J.D.

Adjunct Professor Law and Attorney at Michigan Poverty Law Program University of Michigan

Project Title: Predicting Nursing Home Closures: A Study of Troubled Nursing Homes

Grantee: Anne J. Kisor, Ph.D.

Faculty, School of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University

Project Title: Older Homeless Women and Their Social Services Experiences and Needs

Grantee: Claudia Martin, J.D., and Diego Rodriquez-Pinzon, J.D.

Project Co-Directors, Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington College of Law, American University

Project Title: Current International Legal Status of Elderly Rights

2000 Grant Recipients

Grantee: Rebecca Dresser, J.D.

Professor of Law, Washington University, School of Law and Center of Biomedical Ethics

Project Title: Advance Directives in Dementia Research

Grantee: Barbara Noah, J.D., and David B. Brushwood, Ph.D.

Barbara Noah, Professor of Law, University of Florida, College of Law

David B. Brushwood, Professor of Pharmacy Health Care Administration, University of Florida, College of Pharmacy

Project Title: Predicting and Preventing Unexpected Adverse Drug Reactions by Elderly Patients

Grantee: Donna S. Harkness, J.D.

Managing Attorney, Clinical Instructor, University of Memphis, Elder Law Clinic

Project Title: Exploration and Development of New Approaches to Prevention of Predatory Home Mortgage Lending Practices that Victimize Elderly Homeowners

Grantee: Adam D. Shapiro, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of North Florida, Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice

Project Title: Estimate the Impact of a New Early Intervention Social Services Program on the Quality of Life for Poor Elderly Citizens

Grantee: Pamela B. Teaster, Ph.D., and Karen A. Roberto, Ph.D.

Pamela B. Teaster, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Center for Gerontology

Karen A. Roberto, Ph.D., Director and Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University, Center for Gerontology

Project Title: Filling the Need: A Comparative Study of Rural and Urban Programs of Public Guardianship