Center for Gerontology

Faculty/Staff

Core Faculty:

 

Pamela B. Teaster
Director and Professor Human Development

Pamela B. Teaster

Phone: (540) 231-8958
Fax: (540) 231-7157
Email: pteaster@vt.edu

Pamela B. Teaster, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center (2016-present) and a Professor of Human Development. Her areas of research interest include elder abuse, public guardianship, ethics and aging, public policy and aging, and end-of-life decision making.


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Karen A. Roberto
Senior Fellow

 

Dr. Roberto

Phone: (540) 231-7657
Fax: (540) 231-7157
Email: kroberto@vt.edu

Karen A. Roberto, Ph.D., is a University Distinguished Professor and Director of the Institute for Society, Culture and Environment (ISCE), serves as Senior Fellow at the Center.  In this capacity, she pursues an active research agenda, working with faculty, students, and community partners to address the pressing concerns of our aging society.

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Rosemary Blieszner
Senior Fellow

 

R. Blieszner

Phone: (540) 231-5437
Fax: (540) 231-7012
Email: rmb@vt.edu

Rosemary Blieszner, Ph.D., is the Senior Fellow at the Center having served as the Associate Director from 1983 to 2015. Her primary responsibility is research. She is a tenured Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of Human Development and serves as Associate Dean of the Graduate School and Assistant Vice Provost for Degree Management.


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Nancy Brossoie
Senior Research Associate

 

Brossoie

Phone: (540) 231-2335
Fax: (540) 231-7157
Email: brossoie@vt.edu

Nancy Brossoie. Ph.D.,  is the Senior Research Associate and Project Coordinator for the Center.  As a research faculty member, she is actively engaged with students and faculty conducting research through the Center. She also participates in local community coalitions and task forces to facilitate academic-community partnerships for the Center and to support agencies with their research/data needs. Her personal research interests include vulnerable populations and alcohol and drug use in late life.

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Laura P. Sands
Professor Human Development

 

Laura P. Sands

Phone: (540) 231-9634
Fax: (540) 231-7157
Email: lsands@vt.edu

Laura Sands, Ph.D., is a faculty of the Center for Gerontology and Professor of Human Development. Her areas of research interest include Risks and health consequences of functional limitations amoung older adults; Healthcare outcomes among older adults who do not receive sufficient healthcare; How resilience influences healthcare utilization among older adults exposed to a disaster; and Risks for poor outcomes among older surgical patients.


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Jyoti "Tina" Savla
Research Methodologist/Associate Professor
Human Development

 

Phone: (540) 231-2348
Fax: (540) 231-7157
Email: jsavla@vt.edu

Jyoti “Tina” Savla, Ph.D., a quantitative research methodologist, joined the Center in 2007.  Her statistical expertise includes working with intensive longitudinal designs, missing data, dyadic and multilevel data, and using time series and non-linear modeling techniques.

Dr. Savla’s responsibilities at the Center include pursuing an externally funded research agenda, supporting faculty affiliated with the Center in their grant development activities, and serving in the role of statistical co-investigator on appropriate grant proposals/projects. She is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development. 


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Carlene Arthur
Center Operations Coordinator

 

C. Arthur

Phone: (540) 231-7657
Fax: (540) 231-7157
Email: carthur@vt.edu

Carlene Arthur is the Center's full-time Operations Coordinator. She is responsible for overseeing and monitoring daily operations of the Center and supervising the Center's undergraduate assistants and volunteers.