Joseph Gaugler
Office Address:
D351-1 Mayo
Mailing Address:

420 Delaware St. SE
MMC 729
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD

Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging, School of Public Health


Director, Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, School of Public Health
Director, BOLD Public Health Center of Excellence on Dementia Caregiving, School of Public Health
Editor-in-Chief, The Gerontologist
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


Dr. Gaugler’s 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 mixed methods and implementation science.

Awards and 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
  • Honorary Professor, University of Queensland: 2020
  • Excellence in Post-Doctoral Advising Award from The Graduate School, University of Minnesota: 2021
  • Expertscape World Expert in Caregivers, 2021
  • Top #300 Scientific Contributor to Gerontology (#181, Ferraro, 2022)
  • Distinguished Ambassador of Aging (DAA) Award, The Aging Life Care Association, 2024

Professional Associations

Center Memberships

  • Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation (CHAI)
  • Center for Aging Science and Care Innovation
  • Masonic Cancer Center
  • Life Course Center
  • University of Minnesota Consortium on Aging
  • N. Bud Grossman Center for Memory Research and Care

Professional Associations

  • Gerontological Society of America (Fellow)
  • American Psychological Association (Fellow)

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