Dr. Dana Bradley

Erickson School of Aging Studies,
University of Maryland, Baltimore County

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University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Baltimore, MD

Dr. Dana Bradley

Erickson School of Aging Studies,
University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Dana Burr Bradley is Dean of the Erickson School and a Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Health Administration and Policy at UMBC. Her primary role is to lead the Erickson School in its mission of creating new knowledge, leaders, and opportunities in the longevity economy.

Dr. Bradley's research involves questions surrounding creating capacity for policy and service initiatives in aging across space and time. A leader in the Age-Friendly Cities movement she worked with the City of Bowling Green, KY in its work on Age-Friendly Cities. Internationally, she has focused on issues of long-term care and the longevity economy in Asia and most recently completed the first phase of work on transnational caregiving in New Zealand. She's excited about bringing the WIGL (Women in Gerontological Legacy) project to a new generation of scholars and invites you to view the first phase of interviews on the YouTube WIGL channel. An engaging and energetic speaker, she has worked with Fortune 500 companies to bring evidence-based strategies to improve the lives of elders and their families in the workplace.

Dr. Bradley believes that leadership, which means suggesting "the possible" and crafting an environment of "the probable," is important to her. Most recently she served as the Treasurer for the Academy of Gerontology in Higher Education and has served as President of the Southern Gerontological Society (SGS) and Secretary, the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

A skilled strategist with proven successes in increasing resources necessary to sustain high impact education and community-based research in aging, she prefers to think outside of the circle.
Specialties: Interdisciplinary perspectives on aging policy and the longevity economy, demonstrated the ability to create and sustain innovative organizations bridging research and practice and strong visioning skills.


University of Rochester
BA with High Distinction
1979 To 1983

Harvard University
Management Development Program
To 2007

Carnegie Mellon University
Ph.D.; M.S.
To 1994

Job History

University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Dean Erickson School of Aging Studies
Baltimore, MD, United States
August 2018 - present

Western Kentucky University
Professor and Director, Center for Gerontology
January 2005 - July 2018

Western Kentucky University
Associate Director Honors College
Bowling Green
July 2015 - May 2016

Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Co-Editor, Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts
January 2005 - January 2009

UNC Charlotte
Assistant Professor of Gerontology and Political Science
January 1997 - January 2005

Areas Of Expertise

  • Ageism
  • Education
  • Gerontology
  • Global Aging
  • History of Gerontology
  • Humanities and the Arts
  • Marketing


  • Gerontology