Dr. Kathy Black

USF Sarasota-Manatee professor wins research award

By: Rich Shopes

Posted: August 17, 2016

SARASOTA, Fla. (Aug. 17, 2016) Dr. Kathy Black, a professor of social work and gerontology at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, has won the USF System’s Faculty Outstanding Research Achievement Award for her analysis of age-related issues.

“This really is a great honor and I am so pleased to receive this,” said Dr. Black, who received an email from award organizers late last week. “I’m equally glad that USF Sarasota-Manatee was recognized as well. There are so many great researchers here at our university and I really want them all to be recognized.”

The award, to be presented during an Oct. 17 luncheon in Tampa, caps a busy and productive period for Dr. Black. This past year she saw three articles published; traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to address the World Health Organization; and led efforts to create Age-Friendly Sarasota, a multi-partner initiative aimed at making the county age-friendlier for people across their lifespan.

Additionally, she was one of three women in April 2015 to receive the USF System’s Faculty Research Award from USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy.

This latest honor acknowledges of all of those past efforts, said Dr. Black, who was nominated Dr. Melissa Sloan, an associate professor of interdisciplinary social sciences at USFSM.

USF Sarasota-Manatee professor wins research award

Dr. Jane Rose

“USFSM is indeed proud that Dr. Black has been recognized as one of the most impactful research scholars in the entire USF System,” said Dr. Jane Rose, dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences. “Dr. Black’s work epitomizes USFSM’s mission to be a research university engaged in addressing the needs of our state and service communities. Her applied research has real, immediate, beneficial impacts improving the lives of aging citizens.”

Dr. Black came to USF Sarasota-Manatee in 2002. She earned 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 Fellow with the Gerontological Society of America. She has more than 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 and 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.

For more about USF Sarasota-Manatee, visit usfsm.edu.

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