Laura Donorfio

Associate Professor


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.

 

Laura Donorfio
Contact Information
Emaillaura.donorfio@uconn.edu
Phone203 236 9837
Mailing AddressWaterbury campus, 99 E Main St Waterbury, CT 06702 USA