Laura Donorfio

CURRICULUM VITAE

Educational Background:

Ph.D., Family Studies, University of Connecticut, 1996
M.A., Human Development and Family Relations, University of Connecticut, 1991

Professional Interests:

  • Innovative Teaching and Pedagogical Approaches
  • Gerontological Education
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Intergenerational Learning
  • Distance Learning – Interactive Television (iTV)
  • Qualitative Research Methods/Design
  • Family Caregiving and Filial Responsibility
  • Transportation Issues and Older Drivers

Selected Professional Accomplishments:

  • Executive Committee, Association of Gerontology in Higher Education (2011-present)
  • Distinguished Teacher, Association of Gerontology in Higher Education (2009)
  • AAUP Excellence Award for Teaching Promise, University of Connecticut (2009)

Selected Publications:

  • Vhetter, R., Myllykangas, S.A., Donorfio, L.K.M., & Foose, A.K. (2011). Using creative movement as a stress reduction intervention for the caregiver. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance, 82(2), 35-39.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M., Vhetter, R., & Vracevic, M. (2010). Effects of three caregiver interventions: Support, educational literature, and creative movement. Journal of Women & Aging, 22(1), 61-75.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M. & Chapman, B. (2009). Engaging the older learner on growing old—Positively. The LLI Review, 4, 9-21.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M., Mohyde, M., D’Ambrosio, L., & Coughlin, J. (2009). To drive or not to drive? That isn’t the question—Defining self-regulation among older drivers. Journal of Safety Research, 40, 221-226.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M., D’Ambrosio, L., Coughlin, J., & Mohyde, M. (2008). Health, safety, self-regulation and the older driver: It’s not just a matter of age. Journal of Safety Research, 39, 555-561.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M., Mohyde, M., Coughlin, J., & D’Ambrosio, L. (2008). A qualitative exploration of self-regulation behaviors among older drivers. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 20(3), 323-339.
  • D’Ambrosio, L.A., Donorfio, L.K.M., Coughlin, J., Mohyde, M., & Meyer, J. (2008). Gender differences in self-regulation patterns and attitudes toward driving among older adults. Journal of Women & Aging, 20(3/4), 265-282.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M. & Healy, C. (2008a). Teaching an interactive television course on adulthood and aging: Making it happen. Educational Gerontology, 34(6), 1-19.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M. & Healy, C. (2008b). Student engagement equals student success: What does your risk continuum look like? NEFDC Exchange, 19(2), 8-10.

Selected Presentations:

  • Barker, K. & Donorfio, L.K.M. (2012, March). Facilitated Seminar on Teaching at it’s Best at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M. (2012, February). AGHE’s Second Annual Teaching Institute! Teaching Aging to be Engaging. Chair at the annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Washington, DC.
  • Barker, K. & Donorfio, L.K.M. (2011, May). From Reporting to Reflection—Cognitive to Affective. Teaching Tip presented at the annual meeting of the New England Faculty Development Consortium Conference, Worcester, MA.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M. & Chapman, B.G. (2011, March). Lifelong Learning Means Everyone! Intergenerational Programming at UConn Waterbury. Resource exchange at the annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Barker, K. & Donorfio, L.K.M. (2010, October). Bright Ideas in Faculty Pedagogy:  A Series of Courses to Develop Teaching Skills in Graduate Students.   Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the New England Faculty Development Consortium Conference, Amherst, MA.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M. (2010, November). Conducting Mixed Methods Aging Research: Various Ways of Integrating Qualitative and Quantitative Methods. Chair at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M. & Chapman, B.G. (2010, November). Intergenerational Co-Learning Strategies at the University Level. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M. (2010, March). Engaging Students: Identifying Risks for Potential Instructional Strategies. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Reno, NV.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M. (2010, March). How to Increase Student Engagement in an Interactive Television course on Adulthood and Aging. Resource Exchange at the annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Reno, NV.