Jennifer Heston-Mullins, PhD, LISW

Jennifer Heston, PhD, LISW

Associate Director of Research and Senior Research Scholar, Scripps Gerontology Center
Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology and Gerontology

Phone: 513-529-1858
Office: Upham Hall, 384



PhD, Social Gerontology, Miami University
MSW, Social Work, The Ohio State University
BA, Social Work, Miami University

Research Interests

Direct care workers; person-centered care; family caregiving; guardianship; long-term care policy and programs; individual and family long-term care communication planning and decision-making; end-of-life values and decision-making 

Biographical Sketch

Jennifer Heston-Mullins, PhD, LISW is active in qualitative research and evaluation of long-term care policy and programs. Prior to her research career, Dr. Heston-Mullins worked within the aging network as a direct care worker and social worker in residential long-term care. 

Selected Publications

Koumoutzis, A., Heston-Mullins, J., Mayberry, P. S., & Applebaum, R. (2022). If you ask them, they will support: A national study of local initiatives developed to provide social care to elders in the community. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Advance online publication.

Koumoutzis, A., Mayberry, P., Heston-Mullins, J., & Applebaum, R. (2021). Using local initiatives to fund in-home services: Ohio leads the nation. Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University.

Applebaum, R. & Heston-Mullins, J. (2020). Local initiatives to fund services for older Americans: A growing option for states. AARP Public Policy Institute 2020 LTSS State Scorecard Promising Practices and Emerging Innovations Series. Available at

Koumoutzis, A., Stemen, S. E., Maharjan, R., Heston-Mullins, J., Mayberry, P., & Applebaum, R. (2020). Local initiatives to fund services for older Americans: Community recognition of the importance of social care. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Advance online publication.

Kusmaul, N., Bern-Klug, M., Heston-Mullins, J., Roberts, A.R., & Galambos, C. (2020). Nursing Home Social Work During COVID-19, Journal of Gerontological Social Work. Advance online publication.

Roberts, A. R., Heston-Mullins, J., & Fulton, E. E. (2020). Lucas County adult guardianship assessment. Oxford, OH: Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University.