The Rosalie Wolf Interdisciplinary Geriatric Healthcare Research Center at UMASS

The Rosalie Wolf Interdisciplinary Geriatric Healthcare Research Center at UMass, is one of just seven Centers nationwide selected by RAND/The Hartford Foundation initiative to be awarded funding to establish a center focused on improving the health of older adults through innovative, interdisciplinary research. 

The center honors the memory of Rosalie S. Wolf, PhD, a former UMMS Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health and Executive Director of the Institute of Aging at UMass Memorial Health Care. After receiving her doctorate in social welfare with a concentration in aging, Dr. Wolf made important contributions to the field of geriatrics, particularly in efforts to bring international attention to the issue of elder abuse and neglect.

Following in the tradition of Dr. Wolf, who passed away in 2001, the faculty of The Rosalie Wolf Interdisciplinary Geriatric Healthcare Research Center serves as advocates for expanded geriatric research initiatives, advancing the center's mission to develop and study innovative clinical and health services interventions for the elderly, and to provide training opportunities for new investigators. The Center aims to foster a multidisciplinary community of physicians, nurses, students and scientists committed to improving the quality of healthcare for seniors. The Center specifically focuses research efforts on three key areas: patient medication safety, chronic disease, and patient communication and health literacy. 

  Center team 


The leadership of the Center is itself an impressive interdisciplinary team. Principal Investigators are: Jerry Gurwitz, MD (Geriatric Medicine - UMASS Worcester), Kathleen Miller, EdD RN APRN (Graduate School of Nursing - UMASS Worcester), and Jan Mutchler, PhD (Social Gerontology - UMASS Boston). The Center is a cross-campus partnership of the UMMS Division of Geriatric Medicine and the Graduate School of Nursing, and the UMASS Boston Gerontology Institute. Center faculty are drawn from both campuses and from many disciplines, including geriatric medicine, gerontological nursing, social gerontology, family medicine, human development, preventive and behavioral health, psychology, sociology, health services research, and epidemiology.

To see a Figure that summarizes the structure and function of the Center, click: Center.