Jennifer Kinney


Professor of Gerontology

Director of Graduate Studies

Scripps Gerontology Center Fellow


PhD Psychology - Kent State University

MA Psychology - Kent State University

BA Psychology - Kent State University

Jennifer M. Kinney, Ph.D. is a Professor of Gerontology and a Research Fellow at the Scripps Gerontology Center. Dr. Kinney is on the executive committee and chairs the Publications Committee of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). She is also a board member of the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education (OAGE). Dr. Kinney is co-chair of Miami's Summer Reading Program Committee. Her research focuses on technological and other interventions to help families care for their older relatives, quality of life for people with dementia, and the evaluation of arts-based interventions for individuals with dementia.

Recent Publications

Sauer, P. E., Fopma-Loy, J., Kinney, J. M., & Lokon, E. (in press). “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.

Rivera-Hernandez, M. Yamashita, T., & Kinney, J. M. (2015). Identifying naturally occurring retirement communities: A spatial analysis. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 70(4), 619-627. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu077.

Yamashita, T., Lopex, E. B., Keene, J. R., & Kinney, J. M. (2015). Predictors of adult education program satisfaction in urban community-dwelling older adults. Educational Gerontology. DOI: 10.1080/03601277.2015.1050909

Kinney, J. M., Kunkel, S., Chahal, J., & Whittington, F. J. (2014). Families, caregiving and community support systems In S. Kunkel, J. S. Brown, & F. G Whittington (Eds.). Global aging: Comparative perspectives on aging and the life course (pp. 219-249). New York, NY: Springer.

Petonito, G., Muschert, G. W., Carr, D. C., Kinney, J. M., Robbins, E. J., Brown, J. S., & Manning, L. (2013). Returning wandering elders home: A critical look at Safe Return, Project Lifesaver and Silver Alerts. The Gerontologist, 53(1), 17-25. doi: 10.1093/geront/gns060

Spring 2023 Office Hours

Thursdays 9:00-10:00am