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Skye Leedahl

Education:
Ph.D., Social Work, University of Kansas, 2013
M.A., Gerontology, University of Kansas, 2007
B.A., Honors Program, University of North Dakota, 2005

Curriculum Vita (PDF)

Research Interests:
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.

Teaching Interests:
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.

Selected Honors:
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.