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Sue Levkoff, ScD, MSW, SM

Endowed Chair, SeniorSMART Center of Economic Excellence

Making Change Happen

For Dr. Sue Levkoff, the best part of her job is the opportunity to collaborate with faculty from the many diverse schools and departments across the University. Dr. Levkoff’s research trajectory is interdisciplinary by nature: She has a background in social work and public health, and she was based in a medical school for much of her academic career. Her interdisciplinary framework is integral to the research she conducts as the Endowed Chair in SmartHOME, which promotes collaboration with faculty and post-docs from computer science and engineering, civil engineering, and the schools of medicine, pharmacy, and public health.

Some of Dr. Levkoff’s most recent projects have included developing apps to improve AIDS medication adherence, creating culturally appropriate websites to assist Latino and Chinese family members caring for family members with dementia, and developing a program to prevent HIV/STDs and AIDS in women over 50, with a focus on African American and Latina women.

She has a strong interest in population aging, and a commitment to contributing to the development of locally based programs and services to support an increasing aged society in the United States and abroad. “I can’t really imagine doing something that is restricted to any one field or discipline.” she said. “The big questions these days are too difficult for any one field to answer.”

Research Background

Trained in public health and social work, Dr. Levkoff is a social gerontologist who focuses on the reduction of health disparities for older populations through a combination of a range of information and related communication technologies to reduce disparities. Dr. Levkoff conducts intervention research to test different mechanisms to enable “aging in place.” She uses a range of research methods, often conducting mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) in her studies, and focusing on mediating and moderating mechanisms that impact outcomes. She has conducted research on ethnic minority populations within the United States, as well as international research with researchers in Beijing (Peking University Institute of Mental Health), Wuhan (Wuhan University School of Public Health), and Hefei (Hefei Technology University) in China. Since 2006, she has served as Editor-in-Chief of the peer reviewed journal, Ageing International, published by Springer-Verlag, which is addressing challenges of global aging, and strategies for addressing them.

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