Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD

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

Director, Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, School of Public Health

Director, Public Health Center of Excellence on Dementia Caregiving, School of Public Health

Senior Associate Editor, Journal of the American Medical Directors Association

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

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 & 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

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

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 the Families and Long-Term Care Projects

Research Funding Grants

Current Funded Research Projects:

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

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

Title of Project: Designing and Evaluating a Comprehensive Support Program for Families Caring for Relatives with TBI-AD/ADRD
Funding Agency: Department of Defense (AZ200106)
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 2021-2024

Title of Project: Public Health Center of Excellence on Dementia Caregiving
Funding Agency: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Department of Health and Human Services (NU58DP006910-01-00)
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 2020-2025

Title of Project: Refining a Driving Cessation Management Intervention for Person with Dementia and their Family Caregivers: CarFreeMe
Funding Agency: National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health (R21 AG067537)
Role: Principal Investigator
Project Dates: 2020-2022

Title of Project: Definition and Caregiver Appraisal of Paradoxical Lucidity in Dementia
Funding Agency: National Institutes on Aging/National Institute of Health (R21 AG069767, PI: Griffin)
Role: Co-Investigator
Project Dates: 2020-2025

Publications

Teaching

Academic Interests and Focus

Research methods; Gerontology/Geriatrics

Media

In The News

University of Minnesota

  • Talking family care givers with U of M (Read More)
  • School of Public Health launches Center for Health Aging and Innovation ((Read More)
  • U of M School of Public Health to establish the Public Health Center of Excellence on Dementia Caregiving (Read More)
  • 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

  • Our vast family care system for the elderly is at risk of collapse (StarTribune)
    A winter in isolation: How to stay connected during a lonely pandemic (MPR News)
  • ‘My heart aches’: Minnesota seniors brace for a long and lonely holiday season (StarTribune)
  • Minnesota must protect its vulnerable senior care centers (StarTribune)
  • Amid mounting death toll, Minnesota officials scramble to find safe places for seniors (StarTribune)
  • As cases surge, nursing home inspectors not routinely tested (StarTribune)
  • Posting patients photo on social media illegal (ABC News)