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Maxwell / Social Science PhD Program

Maria T. Brown

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Dr. Brown is Professor of Practice in the School of Social Work at Syracuse University. A social gerontologist who uses the life course perspective to research the later-life experiences of socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals, women, and racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities, she is also interested in the long-term care experiences of cognitively disabled older adults and their caregivers. A Hartford Geriatric Social Work Doctoral Fellow for 2008-2010, her research interests include the experiences of underserved and underrepresented groups of elderly (racial/ethnic and sexual minorities, the poor and the mentally ill). In 2010, she received the Gerontological Society of America’s Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) Section Student Research Award at the Dissertation Level. Her work has been published in The Gerontologist, the Journal of Sexuality Research and Social Policy, and the Encyclopedia of Health and Aging.