Judith G. Gonyea

Gonyea (2)Professor, Social Research
Phone: (617) 353-3748

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BS, University of Connecticut
MSW, University of Washington
PhD, University of Washington

Courses Taught

SR 743   Introduction to Social Work Research I
SR 744   Social Work Research II
SR 910   Doctoral Dissertation Seminar
WP 720  Social Welfare Policy and the Family

Scholarly and Practice Interests

Vulnerable urban elders; aging politics and policies; community-based aging programs and services; age-friendly communities; intergenerational family relations and caregiving; older women’s economic and health status; the intersection of health and housing in later life; older homelessness.

Gonyea, J.G., Curley, A., Melekis, K., & Lee, Y-J.  (in press).  Loneliness and depression among older adult in urban subsidized housing housing. Journal Aging and Health.

Gonyea, J.G., & Melekis, K. (2016). Older homeless women’s identity negotiation: Agency, 
resistance, and the construction of a valued self. The Sociological Review,
doi:10.1111/1467-954X.12369 (Online version of record published before inclusion in an issue, October 2016)

Gonyea, J.G., López, L.M., & Velásquez, E.H. (2016). The effectiveness of a culturally sensitive cognitive behavioral group intervention for Latino Alzheimer’s caregivers. The Gerontologist, 56, 292-302. doi:10.1093/geront/gnu045

Novelle, M.A., & Gonyea, J.G. (2016).  The availability and role of non-parental identity agents   for institutionalized male adolescent social orphans in Colombia.  Children and Youth Services Review, 61, 51-60.  doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.11.024

Gonyea, J.G., & Hudson, R.B. (2015). Emerging models of age-friendly communities: A framework for understanding inclusion. Public Policy and Aging Report,  doi:101093.ppar/pru056

Gonyea, J.G. (2015). Housing, health and quality of life. In B. Berkman (Ed.) The Handbook of Aging in Social Work, 2nd Ed. New York: Oxford University Press.

Pruchno, R., Bowers, B.J., Castle, N.G., Gonyea, J.G., Kivnick, H., Meeks, S., & Williamson, J.B.  (2015). Is gerontology in crisis?  The Gerontologist, 55, 141.  doi:10.1093/geront/gnv141

Gonyea, J.G. (2014). The policy challenges of a larger and more diverse oldest old population.  In R.B. Hudson (Ed.), The New Politics of Old Age Policy, (3rd ed.). MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Hudson, R.B., & Gonyea, J.G. (2014). The shifting political construction of older Americans as a target population. In R.B. Hudson (Ed.), The New Politics of Old Age Policy (3rd ed.). MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Gonyea, J.G. (2014). Changing demographics: Aging in America.  In L. Ganong, M. Coleman, & J. G. Golson (Eds.), Social History of the American Family. CA: Sage.

Hahm, H.C., Gonyea, J.G., Chiao, C., & Koritsansky, L.A. (2014). Fractured identity: A framework for understanding young Asian American women’s self-harm and suicidal behaviors. Race and Social Problems, 6, 56-68.

Gonyea, J.G., Curley, A., Melekis, K., & Lee, Y-J. (2016, November).  Neighborhood safety and depression among older adults in subsidized housing:  Sense of community belonging as a mediating variable. Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA.

Gonyea, J.G. & Melekis, K. (2015, November). Narratives of older homeless women: Social connection, sense of agency and levels of resistance. Symposium on Gendered Trajectories: The Pathways and Experiences of Older Homeless Adults. Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, FL.

Gonyea, J.G. (2014, November). The weakening political legitimacy of seniors: Consequences for aging boomers. Symposium on The Shifting Political Construction of Old Age and its Consequences. Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Washington, DC.

Melekis, K., & Gonyea, J.G. (2014, November)Status and self: Managing the stigma of being old and homeless. Symposium of Perspectives on the housing and health status of older homeless adults. Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America.

Gonyea, J.G. (2014, October). Supporting Latino elders and families impacted by Alzheimer’s: A call to action. Plenary Panel, Narrowing the Latino Disparities Gap: Promising Interventions to Ensure Behavioral Health Care Equity. National Hispanic and Latino ATTC Conference, Austin, TX.

Hahm, H., Gonyea, J.G., Koritsanszky, L.A., Archer, S., & Hok, R. (2014, September). Parenting style, suicidality and self-harm behaviors among Asian American children of immigrants. XVI World Congress of Psychiatry, Madrid, Spain.

Hudson, R.B, & Gonyea, J.G. (2014, August). Old age and the social construction of a moving target population. American Political Science Association, Washington, DC.

PI: Gonyea, J. (2015-2016).  Growing Old in Urban Subsidized Housing:  The Relationship between Perceived Neighborhood and Residents’ Mental Health.  Boston University Initiative on Cities, Boston, MA.

PI: Gonyea, J. (2015-2016). Growing Old in Urban Subsidized Housing: The Relationship between Perceived Neighborhood and Residents’ Mental Health. Boston University Initiative on Cities, Boston, MA.

Research Consultant: Gonyea, J. (2014-2015). Needs and Assets Assessment of Lower-Income Adults 55 and Older Living in Subsidized Housing in the Dudley Square Neighborhood of Roxbury. The American City Coalition (TACC) and Madison Park Development Corporation, Boston, MA.

PI: Gonyea, J. (2011-2013).Child Welfare Community Services for Children and Families: Policies and Reimbursement Trends in the 50 States. Mentor Network Charitable Foundation, Boston, MA.

PI: Gonyea, J. (2009-2012). Circulo de Cuidado: A Group Behavioral Intervention for Latino Families Coping with Dementia The Alzheimers Association Investigator Initiated Research Grant, Chicago IL and the Jacob and Valeria Langeloth Foundation, New York, NY.

PI: Gonyea, J. (2008-2010). Evaluation of the Aging Well at Home Program: A Caring Community Initiative of the Jewish Family & Children Services of Greater Boston, Subcontract, JF&CS, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, Baltimore, MD.

PI: Gonyea, J. Co PI: Bachman. (2008-2009). The Challenges of Housing Formerly Homeless Elders: Evaluation of the HEARTH Service-Enriched Housing Population, Subcontract HEARTH, The Boston Foundation, Boston, MA.

American Editor, Community, Work & Family: An International Journal

Current Editorial Board Membership: Aging and Social PolicyThe Gerontologist 2015- present,  Public Policy & Aging Report, 1994-present; Research on Aging, 1989-present; Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 1998-present.

National Expert Trainer, Gero-Ed Center, The National Center for Gerontological Social Work Education, 2005-2007.

Member, Steering Committee, The Massachusetts Elder Economic Self-Sufficiency Standard Project, 2005-2008.

Fellow, The Gerontological Society of America

2005: Recipient of the National Leadership Award, AGE-SW, Association for Gerontological Education in Social Work.

2004-2006: Elected Chair of the Social Research, Policy and Practice Section, Gerontological Society of America.

2003: Elected Member, National Academy of Social Insurance.

2002-2004: National Mentor, John A. Hartford Faculty Scholars in Social Work Program.

2002: National Experts Panel, Caregiving across the Lifespan, Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving.