Graduate students have opportunities to participate in practicum experiences and research activities in adulthood prevention. Several faculty conduct research and engage in policy advising with state and national organizations committed to promoting healthy aging, quality of life, and reducing health disparities among underserved and minority populations. In response to dramatic increases in life expectancy, there is consensus among policy makers, clinicians, and social service professionals concerning the critical importance of ensuring that these added years maximize the health and independence of mature adults. Individual- and family-level prevention and intervention programs are designed to promote healthy lifestyles and aging. Viewed from a life span developmental perspective, adult prevention includes cutting edge research issues concerning healthy aging. Topical areas include: family violence and elder abuse, psychological adaptation and mental health, healthy strategies for elder caregiving, supportive housing and home design, and reducing or eliminating health disparities among underserved and minority populations.
Our faculty are involved in a number of research areas relevant to healthy aging and prevention. Among the areas of faculty research and expertise are:
- Risk and resiliency surrounding transitions during adulthood
- Family cohesion and chronic illness
- Healthy behavior (physical activity) and quality of life
- Work, retirement, and healthy lifestyles
- Posttraumatic growth and cancer survivorship
- Social relationships and spirituality and health transitions
- Driving cessation and accident reduction
- Supportive housing programs for families or elderly and disabled persons
Students with a program of study in the area of adult prevention might become program specialists or evaluators within agencies designed to prevent elder abuse, caregiver burnout, social isolation and depression, unnecessary hospitalizations or institutionalization and to reduce disparities that limit access to health care. Prevention efforts may be geared at the statewide, community, neighborhood, and local level.
Additional information about Prevention and Early Intervention training in the Department is located on the following pages –