Dr. Shannon Jarrott

The Ohio State University

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The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH

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Dr. Shannon Jarrott

The Ohio State University


I am a Professor in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. I completed graduate degrees in Human Development at Penn State. My research focuses on intergenerational strategies to address community needs with a strengths-based view of youth and elders as resources to each other. Much of my work has been conducted at adult day services for frail elders where I have studied non-pharmacological interventions, staff development to enhance client outcomes, and Service-Learning. I believe that young people’s contact with older adults has the potential to impact their health when they become old by informing their knowledge and expectations about aging.


Penn State
State College, Pennsylvania, United States
Ph.D., 1999
Human Development and Family Studies
1995 To 1998
Dissertation: Influence of informal and formal support on caregiver distress
Advisor: Dr. Steve Zarit

Penn State
State College, Pennsylvania, United States
MS, 1995
Human Development and Family Studies
1993 To 1995
Advisor: Dr. Steve Zarit

University of California at Davis
Davis, California, United States
BS, 1992
Human Development
1988 To 1992

Job History

Ohio State College of Social Work
Collumbus, OH
July 2015 - present

Virginia Tech
Assistant (1999-2005), Associate Professor (2005-2015) of Human Development; Director of Research VT Adult Day Services
Blacksburg, VA
December 1998 - June 2015

Virginia Tech
Department Head (Assistant 2007-2008; Interim 2008-2009; Head 2009-2011) of Human Development
Blacksburg, VA, United States
September 2007 - July 2011

Areas Of Expertise

  • Caregiving
  • Community and Home Care: Day Care
  • Dementia
  • Education: Undergraduate/Graduate Students
  • Intergenerational Relations
  • Intergenerational Relations: Intergenerational Policy Issues
  • Intergenerational Relations: Intergenerational Programming
  • Intergenerational Relations: Other
  • International Aging


  • Gerontology