Kate de Medeiros



O'Toole Family Professorship


PhD Gerontology: University of Maryland

MS Gerontology: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

BA English and American Literature: Northwestern University

Kate de Medeiros (Professor, O'Toole Professor Gerontology), received her PhD in gerontology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 2006. Her research interests are concerned with cultural structures affecting the experience of aging, autobiographical writing, friendships in later life. In 2008, de Medeiros received one of only four Brookdale Leadership in Aging Research. Her research has been funded by the Alzheimer's Association and the National Institute of Aging. In addition to publishing numerous research articles and book chapters, she has authored Narrative Gerontology in Research and Practice (Springer) and The Short Guide to Aging and Gerontology (Policy Press), co-authored Global Aging: Comparative Perspectives on Aging and the Life Course (2nd ed), and is co-editors for Critical Humanities and Ageing: Forging Interdisciplinary Dialogues. In addition, she has served as Governing Council Chair for the North American Network of Aging Studies and President of the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education. 

Recent Publications

Nwakasi C, de Medeiros K. (2021). "We are doing these things so that people don't laugh at us": Caregivers' attitudes about dementia and caregiving in Nigeria. Qualitative Health Research. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732321104105 

Valenti K, Janssen L, Enguidanos S, de Medeiros K. (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. https://doi.org/10.1177/10497323211002823 

Stemen S, de Medeiros K, Radina E. (2020). Exploring cause of death in social convoy membership: The case of "Pauline." Journal of Women and Aging. 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1080.08952841.2020.1825033 Published online: 10 Nov 2020.

de Medeiros K, Etter-Lewis G. (2020). "Place" in the small stories of African American elders: A narrative case study. The Gerontologist. 60(5): 821-830. doi: 10.1093.geront/gnz122. 

Swinnen A, de Medeiros K. (2018). "Play" and people living with dementia: A humanities-based inquiry of TimeSlips and the Alzheimer's Poetry Project. The Gerontologist: 58(2): 261-269. Doi: 10.1093/geront/gnw196.


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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

Narrative Gerontology

"The 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.