Leah Janssen, PhD


Assistant Director for Academic Programs and Research Support, Scripps Gerontology Center

Email: jansselm@MiamiOH.edu
Phone: 513-529-8748
Office: Upham Hall, 386

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PhD, Social Gerontology, Miami University
MGS, Gerontological Studies, Miami University
BA, Sociology & Gerontology, Miami University

Research Interests

Qualitative data analysis; Direct care workforce issues related to retention and emotional health, such as self-compassion and emotional intelligence; Ageism, attitudes about aging, and incorporating ageism and age into diversity, equity, and inclusion competencies.

Biographical Sketch

Leah Janssen, MGS, PhD is the Assistant Director for Academic Programs and Research Support at the Scripps Gerontology Center. Prior to completing the doctoral program in 2021, Leah worked in the nonprofit sector on several grant-funded programs, designing and implementing comprehensive workforce development and training programs that served marginalized and under-represented communities. Leah also worked in direct service and case management for low-income, community-dwelling older adults and adults with disabilities.

Selected Publications

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

Janssen, L.M., Flores, V., & Cao, J. (2021). A North Star for Gerontology: Using the Threshold Concept Framework to Transform Ageism Education. The Gerontologisthttps://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnab142 

Valenti, K.G., Janssen, L.M., de Medeiros, K., & Enguidanos, S. (2021). We speak a different language: End-of-life and bereavement experiences of older lesbian, gay, and bisexual women who have lost a spouse or partner. Qualitative Health Research, 1-10. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F10497323211002823

Janssen, L.M., Kinney, J.M., Farfsing, K.M. (2020). Through the Montessori looking-glass: Barriers to implementing a Montessori-based intervention. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464820938270

Straker, J.K., Janssen, L.M., Stemen, S.E., Nelson, M., Young, M.A., Brottman, B.J. (2019, March). Implementation of the 2018 Ohio Nursing Home and Residential Care Facility Family Satisfaction Surveys. Scripps Gerontology Center and Ohio Department of Aging. https://sc.lib.miamioh.edu/bitstream/handle/2374.MIA/6394/straker-Implementation-of-the-Family-Satisfaction-Survey-5-2019.pdf

Janssen, L. M. (2018). Meanings of age and aging among older, incarcerated women: Implications for adaptation and policy reform. In C. Wellin (Ed.), Critical gerontology comes of age (pp. 164-192). New York, NY: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315209371