Ph.D., Social Work, University of Kansas, 2013
M.A., Gerontology, University of Kansas, 2007
B.A., Honors Program, University of North Dakota, 2005
As part of the Faculty Fellows in Aging and Health at URI, Dr. Leedahl’s current research interests include: health & long term care policies and services, social integration for older adults living in nursing homes, and social & civic engagement for those with health and functional limitations. She uses quantitative & qualitative methods in her research.
Dr. Leedahl’s teaching interests include gerontology, research methods, social policy analysis & advocacy, program evaluation, and aging & health policy and services. She works to build a sense of community in her classes and to incorporate the experiences of every student. She enjoys helping students connect challenging course concepts with current issues and their passions. With a background in health services, policy, and research, she brings to the classroom a unique perspective on the multiple systems that influence people, families, and communities.
Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications:
Chapin, R., Sergeant, J.F., Landry, S.T., Leedahl, S.N., Rachlin, R., Koenig, T.L., & Graham, A. (2013). Reclaiming Joy: Pilot evaluation of a mental health peer support program for Medicaid Waiver recipients. The Gerontologist, 53(2), 345-352.
Chapin, R., Baca, B., Leedahl, S.N., Rachlin, R., Wedel, X., & Zimmerman, M. (2012). The service use index: A tool for examining differences in service utilization. Contemporary Rural Social Work, 4, 50-62.
Leedahl, S.N., Koenig, T.L., & Ekerdt, D. J. (2011). Perceived benefits of VFW Post participation for older adults. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54, 1-18.
Leedahl, S., & Ferraro, F.R. (2007). Why is elder abuse overlooked? Media and ageism. Psychology & Education, 44(3/4), 1-18.
ArthurJ.Katz Award for Outstanding PhD in Social Work. (2013). University of Kansas.
Hartford Doctoral Fellows Award in Geriatric Social Work, Cohort XI (2011-2013).
John A. Hartford Foundation & the Gerontological Society of America.
Hartford Doctoral Fellows Pre-Dissertation Award, Cohort IV (2008). John A. Hartford Foundation & the Gerontological Society of America.
Social Research, Policy & Practice Section Student Research Award (2007).
The Gerontological Society of America.
Emerging Scholar & Professional Organization Interdisciplinary Research Award (2007). The Gerontological Society of America.
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