Townsend Appointed Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor; Celebration on November 3

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is pleased to announce the appointment of Aloen L. Townsend, PhD, as the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor.

A celebration in her honor will be held on November 3, 2017, at 4:00–6:00 p.m. at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Community Studies Center in Room 108. Dr. Townsend will present a lecture at 4:00 p.m., to be immediately followed by a reception.

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In 2016, Townsend was awarded Researcher of the Year by the Ohio Association of Gerontology Education (OAGE) at their 40th annual conference at Youngstown State University. This competitively-selected award recognizes one individual in Ohio’s aging network whose research has advanced knowledge in gerontology or supported the expansion of research in the field of aging in Ohio or nationally.

In addition to being on the faculty at the Mandel School since 2001, Dr. Townsend is affiliated with the University Center on Aging and Health and the Department of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Townsend’s primary research interests are in adult development and aging, family relationships, mental and physical health, and the interface between families and formal service systems. Her research projects have focused on multiple roles of middle-generation caregiving women, benefits to families of using adult day services for older relatives with dementia, and physical health and depression in middle-aged and older married couples. Her current research investigates the impact of cancer and comorbidities on psychosocial quality of life of middle-aged and older married couples.