Kathy Black


Consultant, Age-Friendly Sarasota

Dr. Kathy Black is a Professor of Aging Studies and Social Work at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. Dr. Black obtained her Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Albany, and master’s degrees in social work and gerontology from the University of Southern California. Additionally, she earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Black is a 2017 Next Avenue Top 50 Influencer in Aging, a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar, a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, and The Patterson Foundation's Initiative Consultant for Age-Friendly Sarasota. She has more than 40 years of experience working with older adults and their families as a geriatric case manager, a medical social worker, and a geriatric nurse in acute and long-term care, hospital, nursing home, and community-based settings.

Dr. Black has conducted more than 200 presentations in the field of health and aging at local, state, national, and international venues. Her expertise is in the areas of planning in advance for care throughout the end of life, geriatric mental health, and aging in community. She has been the Principal Investigator of more than a dozen grants and has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Black is on the editorial boards of the International Journal of Ageing & Society, Research on Aging, Social Work and Mental Health, and the Journal of Social Service Research.

Join Dr. Kathy Black on Twitter: @kblackphd

To contact Dr. Kathy Black: kblack@sar.usf.edu

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