Elizabeth "Like" Lokon, PhD


Director of Opening Minds through Art (OMA)

Email: lokonej@MiamiOH.edu
Phone: 513-529-2648
Office: Upham Hall, 206A

As Director and Founder of Opening Minds through Art (OMA) "Like" developed, delivers, and evaluates the OMA program. She also provides service learning opportunities for students, all while improving quality of life for people living with dementia through art-making.



PhD, MGS, MAT, Miami University
MA, University of Hawaii
BA, University of California, Berkeley
BFA, California College of Arts and Crafts

Research Interests

Creative arts in dementia care and service learning

Biographical Sketch

Elizabeth “Like” Lokon, MGS, Ph.D. is the founder and director of Opening Minds through Art (OMA), an intergenerational art program for people living with dementia. She works for Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University. As an artist, gerontologist, and educator, she frequently speaks on the intersection of the arts, dementia, and intergenerational service learning. She has published in journals such as Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, Journal of Applied Gerontology, Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, Journal of  Intergenerational Relationships, and LeadingAge Magazine. She served as an associate editor of The International Handbook on Aging. She is also an art quilter.


Bishop Medal for service to humanity. Miami University (2018).

Outstanding Service Site Supervisor from Miami University Hamilton Center for Civic Engagement (2015).

Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award from the Office of Community Engagement and Service at Miami University for teaching Honors 190N and 290K (Opening Minds through Art) courses (2013).

OMA Awards

Endorsed by the Ohio Department of Aging as a Quality Improvement Project (2015-present).

Funded by the Ohio Department of Medicaid for state-wide replication (2016-2022).

Designated as a "Program of Distinction” by Generations United (2015-2021).

Best Practice in the Delivery of Activities Services award from the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals-NCCAP (2018).

Recipient of the Rosalinde Gilbert Innovations in Alzheimer's Disease Caregiving Legacy Award (2016).

Best Practice award from LeadingAge Ohio (2011).

Selected Publications

Lokon, E., Li, Y., & Kunkel, S. (2018). Allophilia: Increasing college students’ “liking” of older adults with dementia through arts-based intergenerational experiences. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, pp. 1-14. doi:10.1080/02701960.2018.1515740.

Lokon, E., Li, Y., & Parajuli, J. (2017). Using art in an intergenerational program to improve students’ attitudes toward people with dementia. Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education 38(4), pp. 407-424. doi:10.1080/02701960.2017.1281804.

Lokon, E., Sauer, P., & Li, Y. (2016). Activities in dementia care: A comparative assessment of activity types. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 18(2), pp. 471-489. doi:10.1177/1471301216680890.

Sauer, P., Fopma-Loy, J., Kinney, J., & Lokon, E. (2016). “It makes me feel like myself”: Person-centered versus traditional visual arts activities for people with dementia. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 15(5), 895-912.

Yamashita, T., Kinney, J. M., & Lokon, E. (2013). The impact of a gerontology course and a service learning program on college students' attitudes toward people with dementia. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 32(2), pp. 139-163. doi:10.1177/0733464811405198.

Lokon, E., Kinney, J. M, & Kunkel, S. (2012). Building bridges across age and cognitive barriers through art: College students’ reflections on an intergenerational program with elders who have dementia. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 10(4), pp. 337-354. doi:10.1080/15350770.2012.724318.