Kate de Medeiros, PhD

Kate de Medeiros, PhD

O'Toole Family Professor, Sociology and Gerontology
Scripps Research Fellow
Affiliate, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Phone: 513-529-9648 
Office: Upham Hall, 342


PhD, Gerontology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
MS, Gerontology, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB)
BA, English and American Literature, Northwestern University

Research Interests

The aging self, narratives and life stories, generativity, friendships in later life, the arts in dementia research

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles

Valenti, K.G., Janssen, L.M., Enguidanos, S., de Medeiros, K. (2021). “By the time she got sick it was just kind of too late”: A qualitative study on advanced care planning among bereaved lesbian, gay, and bisexual older women. Palliative Medicine. doi:10.1177/02692163211065279

Stemen, S. E., de Medeiros, K., & Radina, M. E. (2020). Exploring cause of death as a factor in social convoy membership: The case of Pauline. Journal of Women & Aging. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/08952841.2020.1825033

de Medeiros, K., & Etter-Lewis, G. (2019). “Place” in the small stories of African American elders: A narrative case study. The Gerontologist: gnz122. doi:10.1093/geront/gnz122

Kunkel, S.R., Mehdizadeh, S., de Medeiros, K., Nelson, M., & Hua, Cassandra (2018). Evaluating enhanced service coordination in Ohio's housing for low-income older adults and people with disabilities. Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University. Retrieved from Scripps.MiamiOH.edu/publications

Swinnen, A., & de Medeiros, K. (2017). “Play” and people living with dementia: A humanities-based inquiry of TimeSlips and the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. The Gerontologist: 58(2), 261-269. Advanced access publication available online on January 18, 2017. doi:10.1093/geront/gnw196

de Medeiros, K., & Rubinstein, R. (2016). Depression and the performance of masculinity in a military retirement community. Men and Masculinities.19(2), 148-166. doi:1097184X15606932

de Medeiros, K., & Rubinstein, R. (2015). “Shadow stories” in oral interviews: Narrative care through careful listening. Journal of Aging Studies, 34, 162-186. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2015.02.009

Rubinstein, R., & de Medeiros, K. (2015). Successful aging, Gerontological theory, and neoliberalism: A qualitative critique. The Gerontologist. 55(1), 34-42. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnu080

de Medeiros, K., & Basting, A. (2014). “Shall I compare thee to a dose of donepezil?”: An overview of intervention research in dementia care. The Gerontologist. 54(3), 344-353. doi:10.1093/geront/gnt055

de Medeiros, K., Saunders, P., Doyle, P., Mosby, A., & Van Haitsma, K. (2012). Friendship among people with dementia in long-term care. Dementia. 11(3), 363-382.

Doyle, P., de Medeiros, K., & Saunders, P. (2012). Nested social groups within the social environment of a dementia care assisted living facility. Dementia. 11(3), 383-400.

de Medeiros, K., Mosby, A., Hanley, K., Suarez, M., & Brandt, J. (2011). A randomized clinical trial of a writing workshop intervention to improve autobiographical memory and wellbeing in older adults. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 26(8), 803-811.

de Medeiros, K., Robert, P., Gauthier, S., Stella, F., Politis, A., Leoutskakos, J., Taragano, F., Kremer, J., Brugnolo, A., Porsteinsson, A., Geda, Y., Brodaty, H., Gazdag, G., Cummings, J., & Lyketsos, C. (2010). The Neuropsychiatric Inventory-Clinician rating scale (NPI-C): Reliability and validity of a revised assessment of neuropsychiatric symptoms in dementia. International Psychogeriatrics. 22(6), 984-994.

de Medeiros, K. (2005). The complementary self in old age. Journal of Aging Studies. 19(1), 1-13.


Whittington, F. J., Kunkel, S. R., de Medeiros, K. (2020). Global Aging: Comparative Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course (2nd ed.). New York: Springer Publishing. (413 pages).

de Medeiros, K. (2016). The Short Guide to Gerontology. Bristol, UK: Policy Press. (241 pages)

de Medeiros, K. (2014). Narrative Gerontology in Research and Practice. New York: Spring Publishing. (256 pages).


Complete list of published work in MyBibliography 

Highlighted Work

Book cover for The short guide to aging and gerontology

“This compact, focused guide is perfect for students and others new to the field of gerontology.” Thomas Cole, University of Texas

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Book cover Narrative Gerontology in Research and Practice

“This book will no doubt support a growing number of us who see [narrative gerontology] as a field with much potential, within and outside of academia.”  Kathy D. Lohr, Ed.D., East Carolina University, Educational Gerontology

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