Professor of Sociology
- Social Statistics
- Age and Aging
- Senior Seminar
- Research Methods
- Health and Illness
Much of my research is focused on topics addressing aging
issues. Most recently I have conducted research on the aging of the baby
boomers and older people and gambling.
My Sociology graduate research methods students collaborated with Whitney
Senior Center to assist in planning for the aging of the baby boomers. We
surveyed over 700 people in their 40s and 50s about their retirement plans
and ideas about senior centers. In an attempt to meet the needs of diverse
elders in the St Cloud area we conducted focus groups with Somali, Latino/a,
and Southeast Asian elders. Students presented findings and recommendations
to the Minnesota Association of Senior Services annual conference, the Whitney
advisory board and St Cloud area officials, and the SCSU Student Research
Much of my research has been applied in nature. For example, I have worked
with area agencies on aging to conduct needs assessments, consulted with
a school district on measuring outcomes, and worked with the Minnesota Humanities
Commission as a trainer and consultant on program planning.
“You bet they’re having fun! Older Americans and casino gambling” with
Janet Hope, Journal of Aging Studies, 16: 177-197, 2002.
“Grandparents Raising Grandchildren” research brief with D.
Olson, Aging Networks, Minnesota Gerontological Society, November
“The Promise and Practice of Service-Learning,” with E. Scheel
and M. Pryately, in Excellence in Teaching, 6: 33-52, 2000.
But Will They Use It? Social Service Utilization by Rural Elderly,
Garland Publishing, Inc., New York, 1995.