Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD

Professor and Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging, Director Center on Aging, School of Public Health

Joseph E. Gaugler

Contact Info

gaug0015@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-626-2485

Office Address:
D351-1 Mayo

Mailing Address:
Mayo Memorial Building
420 Delaware St. SE
MMC 729
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor and Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging, Director Center on Aging, School of Public Health

Emeritus Long-Term Care Professor, School of Nursing


PhD, Pennsylvania State University, (Human Dev & Family Studies), 1999

MS, Pennsylvania State University, (Human Dev & Family Studies), 1996

BA, Gustavus Adolphus College (Psychology/History), 1995

Post-doctoral study, University of Minnesota (Aging), 1999-2000

Summary

Joseph Gaugler is the Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care & Aging in the School of Public Health Division of Health Policy and Management. His research examines the sources and effectiveness of long-term care for persons with Alzheimer's disease and other chronic conditions. An applied gerontologist, Dr. Gaugler's interests include Alzheimer's disease and long-term care, the longitudinal ramifications of family care for persons with dementia and other chronic conditions, and the effectiveness of community-based and psychosocial services for older adults with dementia and their caregiving families. Underpinning these substantive areas, Dr. Gaugler also has interests in longitudinal and mixed methods.

Awards & Recognition

  • Springer Early Career Achievement Award in Adult Development and Aging Research: 2003
  • M. Powell Lawton Distinguished Contribution Award for Applied Gerontology from the American Psychological Association: 2011
  • Dean's Award from the University of Minnesota School of Nursing: 2011
  • Gordon Streib Distinguished Academic Gerontologist Award from the Southern Gerontological Society: 2015

Professional Associations

Center Memberships:
Center on Aging
Center for Aging Science and Care Innovation
Masonic Cancer Center
Life Course Center

Professional Associations
Gerontological Society of America (Fellow)
American Psychological Association (Fellow)

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Longitudinal implications of family care for persons with Alzheimer's disease and other chronically disabled adults; Effectiveness of psychosocial and community-based services for care-giving families; Alzheimer's disease and long-term care.

Learn more about Families and Long-Term Care Projects

Research Funding Grants

Current Funded Research Projects:

Title of Project: Utilizing Senior Companions to Enhance Dementia Care Service and Supports
Funding Agency: National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health (R61AG061903)
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 2018-2023

Title of Project: System Factors and Racial Disparities in Nursing Home Quality of Life and Care
Funding Agency: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities/National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health (1R01MD010729)
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: T.Shippee)
Project Dates: 2016-2021

Title of Project: Unobtrusive Remote Monitoring to Identify and Track Meaningful Change in Daily Function in Community Dwelling Older Adults at Risk for Alzheimer's Disease
Funding Agency: National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Seelye)
Project Dates: 2018-2023

Title of Project: Care Interventions for Persons With Dementia (PWD) And Their Caregivers
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (HHSA290201500008I)
Role: Project Lead (with Butler)
Project Dates:2018-2020

Title of Project: The Residential Care Transition Module
Funding Agency: National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health (R01 AG048931)
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 2016-2021

Title of Project: Improving Outcomes for Family Caregivers and Older Adults With Complex Conditions: The Adult Day Service Plus Program
Funding Agency: National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health (R01 AG049692)
Role: Principal Investigator (with Gitlin)
Project Dates: 2016-2021

Title of Project: A Proactive Health Monitoring Intervention for Dementia Caregivers: The ENeighbor
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (R18HS022836)
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 2014-2020

Title of Project: Informal Resources of Persons Living with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias: Impact of Hospitalizations, Potentially Avoidable Hospitalizations and Nursing Home Admissions
Funding Agency: i.National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Aging (R21 AG059623)
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Jutkowitz)
Project Dates: 2018-2020

Title of Project: Attachment Behaviors in Patient Child Dyads with Early State Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias
Funding Agency: National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Aging (R01 AG058565)
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Monin)
Project Dates: 2019-2023

Title of Project: Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
Funding Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration (U1QHP33076)
Role: Administrative Core (PI: Pacala)
Project Dates: 2019-2024

Title of Project: Microsimulation Modeling to Compare the Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness of Nondrug Interventions to Manage Clinical Symptoms in Racially/Ethnically Diverse Persons with Dementia
Funding Agency: National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Aging (R01 AG060871)
Role: Co-Investigator (PI: Jutkowitz)
Project Dates: 2019-2023

Title of Project: Care to Plan: Preliminary Efficacy of a Tailored Resource for Family Members of Persons with Dementia 
Funding Agency: National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Aging (R21 AG060419 )
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 2019-2021

Title of Project: NIA AD/ADRD Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory
Funding Agency: National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Aging (U54AG063546)
Role: Dissemination and Implementation Core Co-Lead (PIs: Mor and Mitchell)Project Dates: 2019-2024

Publications

Selected Publications

Teaching

Academic Interests and Focus

Research methods; Gerontology/Geriatrics

Media

In The News

SPH News

  • Gaugler co-leading implementation of pilot studies for national Alzheimer’s care project (Read More)
  • Gaugler in PBS Video on Preparing for Long-term Care (Read More)

In The Media

  • How art can help people with Alzheimer’s enjoy the moment ( PBS Newshour)
  • Talking Alzheimer's awareness ( Faribault Daily News-MN)
  • Talking Alzheimer's awareness with U of M ( UMN News)
  • CREST to host Alzheimer's tour ( KEYC TV - Mankato, MN)
  • National study could help people with dementia and their caregivers (WNYT TV - Albany, NY)
  • Study looks to improve lives of those living with dementia (KARE TV - Minneapolis, MN
  • Rest but don't stop on long-term care challenges ( Minneapolis Star Tribune - MN)
  • Survey seeks stories about traveling with dementia ( Eden Prairie News - MN)
  • Twin Cities group seeks dementia-related airport stories ( Hudson Star-Observer - Red Wing, MN)
  • Twin Cities group seeks dementia-related airport stories ( Red Wing Republican Eagle - MN)
  • Local tour on dementia is July 26 ( Wadena Pioneer Journal - MN)
  • National study could help people with dementia and their caregivers ( WNYT TV - Albany, NY)
  • Study looks to improve lives of those living with dementia ( KARE TV - Minneapolis, MN)
  • Dementia-friendly airports working group launches survey ( Lillie News - St. Paul, MN)
  • Effort reignited to launch Center on Aging at University of Minnesota ( Star Tribune, Minneapolis, MN)
  • Hi-tech helping hands hold dementia sufferers closer to their fretful carers a little longer (The Australian)
  • Alzheimer's talks strike a nerve (Alexandria Echo Press)