Prof. Joseph Gaugler

Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in LTC and Aging,
University of Minnesota

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University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Prof. Joseph Gaugler

Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in LTC and Aging,
University of Minnesota


Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD is a Professor in the School of Nursing and Center on Aging at The University of Minnesota. Dr. Gaugler's research examines the sources and effectiveness of long-term care for chronically disabled older adults. A developmental psychologist with an interdisciplinary research focus, Dr. Gaugler's interests include Alzheimer's disease and long-term care, the longitudinal ramifications of family care for disabled adults, and the effectiveness of community-based and psychosocial services for chronically ill adults and their caregiving families. Underpinning these substantive areas, Dr. Gaugler also has interests in longitudinal and mixed methods.

Dr. Gaugler currently serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Applied Gerontology and on the editorial boards of Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and Psychology and Aging. He was awarded the 2003 Springer Early Career Achievement Award in Adult Development and Aging Research, the 2011 M. Powell Lawton Distinguished Contribution Award for Applied Gerontology from the American Psychological Association (Division 20: Adult Development and Aging), the 2011 Dean's Award from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, and the 2015 Gordon Streib Distinguished Academic Gerontologist Award from the Southern Gerontological Society. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the American Psychological Association.

Specialties: Gerontology, Alzheimer's Disease, Long-Term Care, Caregiving, Community-Based Long-Term Care, Extramural Research Funding, Instruction, Scientific and Grant Writing, Quantitative Analysis, Mixed Methodology, Longitudinal Methodology, Program Evaluation


Penn State University
1996 To 1999

Penn State University
1995 To 1996

Gustavus Adolphus College
Honors B.A.
1991 To 1995

Job History

University of Minnesota
June 2015 - present

University of Minnesota
Associate Professor/McKnight Presidential Fellow
July 2008 - present

University of Kentucky
Assistant Professor
July 2000 - July 2005

University of Minnesota
National Institute on Aging Post-Doctoral Fellow
June 1999 - June 2000

Areas Of Expertise

  • Caregiving
  • Caregiving: Caregiver Stress and Coping Strategies
  • Caregiving: Direct Service Programs for Caregivers of Elders with Dementia
  • Caregiving: Filial Caregivers
  • Caregiving: Spouse Caregivers
  • Community and Home Care
  • Community and Home Care: Care Issues for Elders with Dementia
  • Community and Home Care: Day Care
  • Community and Home Care: Placement, Transfer, and Discharge
  • Community and Home Care: Quality of Care/Evaluation of Services
  • Community and Home Care: Respite Care
  • Community and Home Care: Service Deivery/Utilization
  • Dementia
  • Dementia: Other
  • Gerontology
  • Health Services
  • Long-Term Care
  • Long-Term Care: Care Issues for Elders with Dementia
  • Long-Term Care: Placement/Transfer/Discharge
  • Long-Term Care: Quality of Care/Evaluation of Services
  • Long-Term Care: Service Delivery/Utilization
  • Research: Research Methods
  • Social Services: Community Social Services
  • Technology

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