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Gaugler Wins Award

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Joseph E. Gaugler, Ph.D.

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The award honors a psychologist whose work has made significant early career contributions to understanding critical issues in adult development and aging. Award winners must have received a doctoral degree no longer than seven years prior to the award and have shown evidence of significant scholarly accomplishment. Winners are selected by the current, past and president-elect of Division 20.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 10, 2003) -- Joseph E. Gaugler, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Behavioral Science, University Kentucky College of Medicine, has been awarded the 2003 Springer Early Career Achievement Award in Research on Adult Development and Aging.

This award is granted annually by the American Psychological Association (APA), Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging). The award honors a psychologist whose work has made significant early career contributions to understanding critical issues in adult development and aging. Award winners must have received a doctoral degree no longer than seven years prior to the award and have shown evidence of significant scholarly accomplishment. Winners are selected by the current, past and president-elect of Division 20.

Gaugler's research focuses on three areas: ramifications of family care for older adults with chronic disabilities, the effectiveness of community-based and psychosocial services for disabled adults and their caregiving families, and the social integration of older adults in residential long-term care settings.

Gaugler is the principal investigator on a number of projects, including research supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the National Institute on Aging, the National Cancer Institute, and the Alzheimer's Association. In addition to publishing in top journals in the field, such as The Gerontologist, Psychology and Aging, and Journals of Gerontology, Gaugler also serves on the editorial board of The Gerontologist.

Recent research efforts of note include a study of quality of life in 60 Kentucky nursing homes and assisted living facilities, a study of need among family members of Alzheimer's disease and cancer patients, and evaluation of a comprehensive support program for care-giving families of loved ones suffering from cancer and Alzheimer's disease.


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