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 teaches Consumer Management Problems of Older People, Societal Aspects of Aging, Aging and the Family, Research Methods, Family Stress and Resilience, Readings in Human Development and Family Life, and Administration and Supervision in Family and Consumer Sciences.
Prior to joining the faculty at EIU, she was employed by St. Mary's in Knoxville, Tennessee as a Geriatric Case Manager for the Employee Assistance Program and as a Geriatric Consultant in the Division of Senior and Community Services. Early in her career, she held faculty positions at the University of Tennessee and as an Instructor in the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences at Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tenn.
She also serves on the board of Kappa Omicron Nu and the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Alliance. Dr. O'Rourke holds a Ph.D. in Family Studies with a specialization in Gerontology from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Family and Consumer Sciences from Eastern Illinois University.
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.