Julie Robison, Ph.D.Professor of Medicine
UConn Center on Aging
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I am a Professor in the UConn Health Center on Aging and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Gerontology. I teach and mentor graduate and undergraduate students, medical students, interns and fellows. My research aims to improve quality of life and quality of care for people who need long term services and supports (LTSS), and their families. My specific areas of expertise include effectiveness of LTSS for older adults and their families, designing evaluations of innovative LTSS designed to promote independent living, LTSS for individuals with dementia, and health disparities in the population needing LTSS. The results of my work have direct impact on the implementation of policies and programs that serve extremely vulnerable populations in Connecticut and nationally.
|B.A.||Georgetown University||Art History|
|M.A.||Cornell University||Human Development & Family Studies|
|Ph.D.||Cornell University||Human Development & Family Studies|
|Postdoc||Yale University School of Medicine||Epidemiology of Aging|
|Postdoctoral||Yale University School of Medicine||Epidemiology of Aging|
|Name of Award/Honor||Awarding Organization|
|Fellow||Gerontological Society of America|
|Service Award||Alzheimer's Resource Center|
|Certificate of Appreciation||CT DSS/Money Follows the Person Steering Committee|
|Pre-Dissertation Paper Award||Gerontological Society of America|
|Graduate Fellowships, 1991-94||Cornell University|
|Phi Beta Kappa|
I teach and advise students in the UConn Public Health graduate program. Dr. Richard Fortinsky and I co-teach Public Health and Policy in an Aging Society during the spring semester.
I am a course director for the CICATS PreK Scholar Career Development Award Program, mentoring and instructing junior faculty as they develop K-award and other career development award proposals.
I teach an 8-session series on introductory statistics for Fellows in geriatrics and infectious disease. And I teach interns in their geriatrics rotation about Medicare & Medicaid Policy and Legal and Ethical Issues at the End of Life.
I evaluate pairs of medical and dental students presenting individual journal club sessions on current articles.
|Name & Description||Category||Role||Type||Scope||Start Year||End Year|
|National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine, Board on Health Care Services||Professional/Scientific Organization||Board member||External||National||2021||2024|
|Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation: Another Look grant program||Study Section||Chair||External||National||2020|
|Center on Aging Recruitment and Community Engagement Core||Other||Director||UConn Health||Regional||2019|
|Senior Appointments & Promotion Committee||Advisory Committee||secondary reviewer||UConn Health||University||2019|
|Journal of Applied Gerontology||Professional/Scientific Journal||Editor-in-Chief||External||International||2017|
|AcademyHealth Long-Term Services and Supports Interest Group||Professional/Scientific Organization||Chair||External||International||2016||2017|
|Wallingford Public Library Board of Managers||Community Service||President||External||Local||2016||2019|
|UConn Health Merit Appeals Committee||Community Service||Chair||UConn Health||University||2015||2019|
|UConn Center on Aging Evaluation & Population Assessment Core||Other||Director||UConn Health||Regional||2015|
|AcademyHealth Long-Term Services and Supports Interest Group||Professional/Scientific Organization||Member||External||International||2012|
|Connecticut Task Force on Aging in Place||Advisory Committee||Governor's Appointee||External||State||2012||2012|
|Wallingford Public Library Board of Managers||Community Service||Member||External||Local||2009|
|American Public Health Association||Professional/Scientific Organization||Member||External||International||2009||2018|
|UConn Health Geriatrics Education Committee||Education Committee||Member||UConn Health||University||2007|
|Journal of Applied Gerontology||Editorial Board||Member||External||International||2007|
|Connecticut Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Evaluation Committee||Research Committee||Chair||External||State||2007|
|Connecticut Long-Term Services and Supports Rebalancing Steering Committee||Advisory Committee||ex-officio member||External||State||2006|
|LiveWell Connecticut Board of Trustees||Professional/Scientific Organization||Secretary||External||National||2000|
|Foundation for Long Term Care Research Advisory Board (Albany, NY)||Advisory Committee||Member||External||Regional||2000||2005|
|Gerontological Society of America||Professional/Scientific Organization||Fellow||External||International||1992|
Long-Term Services and Supports, Family Caregiving, Dementia, Depression
My research aims to improve quality of life and quality of care for people who need long term services and supports (LTSS), and their families. LTSS includes in-home, community-based, and institutional care provided by clinicians, paraprofessionals, and families to individuals with functional limitations and chronic illnesses who need assistance to perform routine daily activities such as bathing, dressing, preparing meals, and administering medications. I study how well LTSS funded by Medicaid, Medicare, and other public-sector sources affect health and well-being outcomes. My specific areas of expertise include effectiveness of LTSS for older adults and their families, designing evaluations of innovative LTSS designed to promote independent living, LTSS for individuals with dementia, and health disparities in the population needing LTSS. My work has been continuously funded since 1997 by a range of sources including federal agencies such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Administration on Community Living, Connecticut State Agencies and the State Legislature, medical research foundations, and the NIH. The results of my work have direct impact on the implementation of policies and programs that serve extremely vulnerable populations in Connecticut and nationally. I have served as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on over 50 funded research studies and regularly present research findings in national and community forums.
I often have research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students interested in aging and disability policy and aging families. Please contact me directly for current information.
|Title or Abstract||Type||Sponsor/Event||Date/Year||Location|
|Trends and Best Practices in Community-Based Long Term Services and Supports||Plenary Lecture||Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut’s annual board mtg||2019||Orange, CT|
|Exploring the effects of rural and urban living on loneliness and reinstitutionalization||Poster||GSA||2019||Austin, TX|
|The Significant Role of Housing Coordination in Connecticut’s Money Follows the Person Program||Poster||GSA||2019||Austin, TX|
|Does Rural-Urban Living Affect Health Service Utilization after Transitioning out of a Nursing Home?||Poster||AcademyHealth||2019||Washington, DC|
|Connecticut’s Money Follows the Person: Exploring the Effect of Rural-Urban Living on Health Service Utilization. Authors: Ligus, K & Robison, J||Poster||Southern Gerontological Society Annual Meeting||2019||Miramar Beach, FL.|
|Challenges to Transitioning back to the Community Faced by People with Acute Brain Injury or Physical Disabilities. Authors: Pacik, D. & Robison, J., Tolchin, D., & Fortinsky, R.H.||Poster||Association of Academic Physiatrists annual meeting||2019||Puerto Rico|
|Does Rural-Urban Living Affect Health Service Utilization after Transitioning out of a Nursing Home? authors: Ligus, K. & Robison, J.||Poster||AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting||2019||Washington, DC.|
|The Journal of Applied Gerontology: An International Perspective.||Talk||GSA||2019||Austin, TX|
|National Family Caregiver Support Program Process Evaluation: A Review of Program Operations||Talk||GSA||2019||Austin, TX|
|Trends and Best Practices in Community-Based Long Term Services and Supports||Plenary Lecture||AARP Aging Roundtable and Resource Fair||2019||Hartford, CT|