Research Initiatives

Basic research provides the foundation for education, and the synthesis of research and education is necessary to develop effective services. SCOSA Research initiatives help to translate research into practice (for example through scholarly lectures, continuing education, and annual Hesburgh Lectures in collaboration with the Notre Dame Club of South Jersey). SCOSA also supports and encourages original aging research by Stockton faculty and students, often in collaboration with community agencies and researchers at other universities. SCOSA also encourages publication and/or presentation of results from various SCOSA-sponsored programs in scholarly journals and at professional conference.

Lisa Cox

Lisa E. Cox, Ph.D.
SCOSA Research Chair

SCOSA Faculty Research Scholars and Faculty Fellows

Faculty Research Scholars:  SCOSA receives $10,000 per year from Stockton's Division of Academic Affairs to fund faculty research projects. This funding is sometimes augmented with other SCOSA revenues (e.g. a PhARMA grant, Festival and CECC revenues, etc.). This program was referred to as SCOSA Research Fellows until 2014, and renamed to SCOSA Research Scholars to differentiate this from a new source of funding for Stockton's various centers and institutes, referred to as the "Faculty Fellow" program.

SCOSA Faculty Fellows: In 2014, SCOSA applied for and received approval for three fellows.  We received funding for three fellows in FY16, two for FY17, one for FY18, and two for FY19. Each fellow receives one course release or the equivalent in overload compensation to support work on projects identified as priorities by SCOSA's leadership team.

SCOSA's Faculty Fellows and Research Scholars have specific responsibilities and must report their work at an open lecture during or immediately following their projects. Fellows and Scholars are also encouraged to seek additional internal or external funding for the extension or expansion of their projects and to publish results where appropriate.

FY19 Fellows:

  • Dr. Lisa Cox (SOWK). Assisting SCOSA capacity building in service and research.
  • Dr. Christine Ferri (PSYC).  SCOSA succession planning, shadowing director, developing SCOSA capacity and programs at Gateway Campus.

FY18 Fellow:

  • Dr. Lisa Cox (SOWK). Assisting SCOSA capacity building in service and research.

FY17 Fellows:

  • Dr. Dan Hernandez (BIOL). STEMing Aging - promoting successful aging through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Dr. Diane Holtzman (BSNS). Telling SCOSA's Story - updating SCOSA's marketing plan.

FY16 Fellows:

  • Dr. Jessica Fleck (PSYC). Seek external funding to enhance undergraduate research in aging.
  • Dr. Christine Ferri (PSYC). Align Gerontology Minor Curriculum with Stockton Essential Learning Outcomes and AGHE Core Competencies.

FY15 Fellows:

  • Dr. Lisa Cox (SOWK). Publish an ancillary textbook for gerontology courses using SCOSA's growing collection of oral histories, guided autobiographies, and creative non-fiction.
  • Dr. Christine Gayda-Chelder (PSYC). Enhance SCOSA's service capacity and programs through careful study.
  • Dr. Evonne Kruger (BSNS). Assist SCOSA director with strategic planning, development of management systems and procedures.

FY19 Research Scholars:

  • Stacy Cassel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication Disorders & Megan Foti, DOT, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy: Listening, Learning, Lunching: Supporting Intergenerational Interprofessional Activities.
  • Jennifer Dunkle, DSW, Assistant Professor of Social Work: LGBTQ Older Adults and the Aging Network.
  • Mary Lou Galantino, Distinguished Professor of Physical Therapy: Impact of Yoga for Cancer Survivors with Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy.
  • Ramya Vijaya, Ph.D., Professor of Economics: Measuring Multidimensional Deprivation Among the Elderly in the U.S. 

FY18 Research Scholars:

  • Stacy Cassel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communications Disorders and Megan Foti, D.O.T., Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy: An Exploration of Older Adults' Needs for Quality Healthcare and Successful Aging, and University Students' Responses to an Intergenerational IPE (Interprofessional Education) Activity. 
  • Jessica Fleck, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology: The Relationship between Cognitive Reserve and Brain Connectivity in African American and Hispanic Adults and Older Adults.
  • Kaite Yang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology and Christine Ferri, Associate Professor of Psychology: Gender and Depression in Older Adults.
  • Duo (Helen) Wei, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Systems: Using Statistical Models to Analyze South Jersey Senior Adults' Smartphone Usage on Managing Chronic Disease. 

FY17 Research Scholars:

  • Jessica Bonnan-White, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice: Exploring Community Impact on Senior Disengagement, Resiliency, and Generalized Self-Efficacy.
  • Stacy Cassel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communications Disorders: Outcomes Resulting from the Use of Safety Cues in Geriatric TBI and CVA Populations.
  • Emari DiGiorgio, MFA, Associate Professor of Writing: A Tour of Poetry: Sustaining a Creative Outlet for South Jersey’s Older Adults.
  • Amy Yingyi Situ-Liu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Criminal Justice: Monthly Fabric Art Classes:  Impact on the Well-Being of Chinese Seniors in Atlantic City.

FY16 Research Scholars:

  • Norma Boakes, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Education, & Barbara Pearl, MA, MS: Theragami:  Origami Therapy for Seniors
  • Lisa Cox, Ph.D., Professor of Social Work, SCOSA Research Chair: Kramer Hall Oral History Project
  • Emari DiGeorgio, MFA, Associate Professor of Writing:  Continuation of A Tour of Poetry
  • Christine Ferri, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, GERO Coordinator, SCOSA Education Chair: Phone Depression Education and Screening with Older Adults

FY15 Research Scholars:

  • Emari DiGeorgio, MFA, Associate Professor of Writing:  A Tour of Poetry.
  • Christine Ferri, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, GERO Coordinator, SCOSA Education Chair: Evaluating the Handwritten Journals of a Woman with Dementia.
  • Megan Foti, DOT, Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy: Occupational Storytelling to Improve the Quality of Life and Quality of Care of Older Adults with Dementia.

FY14 Research Scholars:

  • Debra Busacco, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences:Developing a Handicap Scale for Measurement of Dual Sensory Loss in Older Adults
  • Lisa Cox, Professor of Social Work & SCOSA Research Chair: Resilience and Correlates of Self-Rated Successful Aging
  • Jessica Fleck, Associate Professor of Psychology: Brain Coherence and Cognitive Ability in Adults.

2012/2013 Research Fellows

  • Jessica Fleck, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology
  • John Bulevich, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Marjorie Taylor, Au.D, CCC-A, Assistant Professor of Speech Pathology & Audiology

Burdick, D. C. w/Kutzik, D. (2014). Use of technology in long-term care. In Yee-Melichar, D, Cabigao, E. P. & Flores, C. M. (Ed.s). Long-Term Care Administration & Management: Options, Issues and Trends in Eldercare. NY: Springer.

Burdick, D. C. (2012). Taking stock and moving forward: Advancing gerontological education, research & practice through consideration of accreditation. Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 33 (1), 1-5.

Burdick, D.C. (2012). Commentary from professionals in related industries: The Stockton Center on Successful Aging. Senior Living for The Next Generation: A View Through the Lens of Industry Thought Leaders, Volume II. Washington, DC: American Seniors Housing Association.

Burdick, D. C. (2012, Feb). Guest Editor - Accreditation in Gerontology: Opportunities and Challenges. Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 33 (1), 1-115.

Burdick, D. C. (2012). Gerotechnology. In Ranachandran, V. S. (Ed.) Encyclopedia of Human Behavior, 2nd ed. London, San Diego: Elsevier, Inc.  

Ramdass, H., Peoples, M., Shah, S., & Burdick, D. Infusing intergenerational service learning into an occupational therapy course: Exploring mutual benefits for students and elders. 10th Annual Day of Scholarship, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Galloway, NJ, March 2012.

Burdick, D.C. (2012). Keynote Address: Clinicians in cyberspace: Skyping, tweeting, and blogging ... Trends, rules and professional considerations. All things Aging ... A Symposium on Care Management, National Association of Geriatric Care Managers - New York Chapter. New York, NY, October 2011.

Cabin, W.D. (2012). Getting By With A Little Help From My Friends: Social Support & Elderly Depression. 10th Annual Day of Scholarship, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Galloway, NJ, March 2012.

Cabin, W.D. (2012). Only the Lonely: Social Support, Elderly Depression, and Neighborhoods has been accepted by the organizer of the “Health and Place” in the 2012 Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Annual Meeting, August 16-18, 2012, Denver, CO.

Cabin, W.D. (2012). Ghosts of Home Care: Medicare’s Neglect of Alzheimer’s disease beneficiaries and Nurse and Social Worker Coping Strategies. Moderator and Paper Presenter at Health & Aging Session at Society for Social Work Research, Washington, DC.

Cabin, W.D. (2011). Phantoms of Home Care: Medicare’s Designed Neglect of Persons with Alzheimer’s disease. Poster Presentation at Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference, Boston, MA.

Cabin, W.D. (2011). Phantoms of Home Care: Medicare’s Designed Neglect of Persons with Alzheimer’s disease. Poster Presentation at American Public Health Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC.

Cabin, W. (2011). Doing more with less: Payment cuts meet profit margins and patient care in home health response to national health care reform. Home Health Care Management and Practice. Newport Beach, CA: Sage Publications. First published April 4, 2011 as doi: 1084822311401854.

Fahs, M., Gallo, W., & Cabin, W. (2011). The public health model for mental health care for the elderly. In Galea, S. & Cohen, N. (Eds.) (2011). Population Mental Health: Evidence, Policy, and Public Health Practice. Pages 248-282. Routledge.

Lang, S. H. and Cabin, W. D. (2011). Tightening the Regulatory Knot: Hospice Regulatory and Health Care Legislative Reform Converge on Hospice Clinical Management. Home Health Care Management and Practice. Newport Beach, CA. Sage Publications. First published April 13, 2011 as doi: 10.1177/1084822311402920.

Cox, L. E. (2011). Book Review: Doing Therapy with Children and Adolescents with Asperger's Syndrome. Families in Society. 92(0).

Cox, L. E. (2011). Therapeutic Utility of Guided Autobiography. Fifth Mental Health Research Conference, SMHART Institute, Jackson State University College of Public Service / School of Social Work, Choctaw, Mississippi. Presenter, 2 hour workshop, October 6th.

Cox, L., & Fulcomer, M. (2011). Monograph. Mixed methods study of Tourette Syndrome. [Compilation of Dr. Cox's data on Older TS Adults and Rutger's TS clinic data on TS children and young adults.]

Cox, L. E. presented "Providing Services in Complex Times: Working with Clients Living with HIV/AIDS and Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders" at the Fifth Mental Health Research Conference, October 5, 2011, Choctaw, MS.

Ferri, C. (2012). Depression Screening. 10th Annual Day of Scholarship, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Galloway, NJ, March 2012.

Fleck, J. (2012). Cognitive Maintenance and Enhancement in Aging. 10th Annual Day of Scholarship, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. Galloway, NJ, March 2012.

Furphy, K. (2011). Presented Assistive Technology Solutions for Independent and Productive Aging at the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association, 37th Annual Conference, Networking for the Centennial Vision sponsored by the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association, October 1-2, 2011, Kean University, Union, NJ.

Furphy, K., Lindstrom-Hazel, D., & Burdick, D. C. (Under Review). Assistive technology and older adults. In Barney, K. F. & Perkinson, M. A. (Eds.). Occupational Therapy with Aging Adults: Enhancing Quality of Life through Collaborative Practice. London, San Diego: Elsevier, Inc.

Kathrins, R., Kathrins, B., Marsico, R., Frank, M., Stevenson-Marshall, B., Orozco, F. & Ong, A. Comparison of Day Rehabilitation to Skilled Nursing Facility for the Rehabilitation for Total Knee Arthroplasty: Pilot Study. Accepted for Presentation at 9th Annual Medical Rehabilitation Conference of the American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association. Miami Beach, FL, September 26, 2011.