Kathleen O'Rourke, Ph.D.
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Dr. Kathleen O'Rourke, professor of family and consumer sciences, currently serves as the coordinator for the graduate program in aging studies. The graduate program offers a Master of Arts in Aging Studies and is a multidisciplinary program with cooperating academic units including the School of Family and Consumer Sciences and the departments of physical education, psychology, secondary education and sociology/anthropology. The program is delivered online with just a one-week residency in the summer.
The program has been recognized as a Program of Merit by the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Dr. O'Rourke’s research interests include benefits of intergenerational relationships between older adults with dementia and young children; predictors of quality in grandparent-grandchild relationships; and portrayal of older adults in children's literature. She received her doctorate from the University of Tennessee- Knoxville in 1999.
Admission to the graduate program in aging studies requires an application to the Graduate School as well as an additional application to the Aging Studies program. Please contact Dr. O'Rourke or visit the program's website for program admission criteria.