Faculty

There are several faculty affiliated with the Gerontology Certificate (for continuing and distance education students) and Gerontology Minor (for UVM degree students). Here we list two faculty, one who is the director of the Gerontology Certificate Program, and one the director of the Gerontology minor.

Jacqueline (Jackie) S. Weinstock, PhD

Program Director, Associate Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Program

Jacqueline (Jackie) S. Weinstock, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Human Development & Family Studies Program, an undergraduate program within the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont (UVM). She is also an affiliated faculty member in the Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program at UVM, which offers a minor in Sexuality and Gender Identity Studies. A lifespan developmental psychologist by training with a focus on adult development and aging, her scholarship and teaching focus on the intersections of individual developmental factors and socio-cultural conditions as they affect life outcomes. Current areas of interest include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender development, relationships and communities; promoting healthy aging; evaluating social justice programs and training's; and understanding and promoting college student development, especially critical thinking, connected knowing and community engagement through service learning.

Dale J. Jaffe, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Gerontology Minor Program Director

Dale is a qualitative sociologist of aging.  Early in his career, his work focused on various aspects of shared housing between young and old which allowed him to explore a number of sociological issues of interest to him – the social psychology of intergenerational relationships, the sociology of non-institutional forms of living arrangements for frail elders, and a sociologically-informed critique of social policy toward the elderly.  Later, he combined his interests in aging and health care by conducting a multi-year, multi-site study of group homes for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  In that work, from which he continues to publish, he explores two broad interrelated themes: (a) how the embeddedness of dementia care in specific care settings and caregiving relationships encourages the display of symptoms that are interpreted by many as a "loss of self," and (b) how the larger political economy, structure, and culture of care settings make the ideals of quality, humane care difficult to achieve.