University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Professor Receives 2015 WLP Faculty Research Award


SARASOTA, Fla. (April 16, 2015) – Dr. Kathy Black, professor of social work and gerontology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, was one of three women faculty members in the USF System to receive the 2015 Faculty Research Award by the USF Women Leadership & Philanthropy (WLP). This year, in honor of WLP’s 10th Anniversary, the Faculty Research Award Program was expanded to present three institution-based Faculty Research Awards – one award per USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee – plus an additional USF System Junior Faculty Research Award.

The WLP Faculty Research Award was launched in 2007 to recognize distinguished faculty members in the USF System whose research and creative efforts focus on women, women’s issues and women’s initiatives. Recipients receive a one-time $5,000 award through the WLP Support Fund in the USF Foundation to support their work, as well as an honorary lifetime membership in the USF System’s Women in Leadership & Philanthropy program.

“The WLP Award acknowledges and recognizes the importance of my research,” Black said. “Issues pertaining to planning in advance for care and aging in community are of relevance to women throughout their lifespan and represent particularly significant considerations for older women. I am truly honored to receive this important recognition by the WLP.”

Dr. Black is a professor of social work and gerontology at USF Sarasota-Manatee. She was awarded her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Albany in 2000 and master’s degrees in social work and gerontology from the University of Southern California in 1988 as well as an additional master’s degree in public health policy from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1990.

She is a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar and a Fellow with the Gerontological Society of America.  She has over 30 years of experience as a geriatric case manager, medical social worker and geriatric nurse, working with older adults and their families.

Dr. Black has conducted more than 100 presentations in the field of health and aging at local, state, national and international venues. She is on the editorial board of Research on Aging, Journal of Social Service Research and the Journal of Social Work in Palliative & End-of-Life Care. Dr. Black has been the principal investigator of more than a dozen grants has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications in such journals as: Women & Aging, Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, Clinical Gerontologist, Geriatric Nursing and the Journal of Applied Gerontology.

“The WLP Awards Committee recognizes that faculty form the backbone of the university and that the research awards made possible by WLP programs provide an ideal way to support women faculty in various stages of their academic careers,” Lagretta Lenker, awards committee chairman said. “The WLP awards provide funds that are critical to beginning or completing a worthy research project that will enhance not only the career of the recipient but of the research standing of the university as a whole.”