Degrees & Programs

Lee, Kathy

PhD Candidate

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests
Productive aging
Physical and mental health of vulnerable older adults
Quality of life of older adults
Family caregiving
Aging policies and programs


Kathy Lee is a PhD candidate with an anticipated graduation date of May 2018. She received her MSW from Washington University in St. Louis. Her research agenda is centered on better understanding physical and mental health of vulnerable older adults through productive engagement. Her research also focuses on how this diverse population engages in meaningful social roles to create community-based change. Her dissertation utilizes longitudinal survey data from the Health and Retirement Study to examine the impact of volunteer experiences on older adults’ psychological and cognitive health. This work was recognized as an outstanding dissertation proposal with the Merriss Cornell Research Scholarship Award at OSU. She has worked with various scholars across campus and several universities. These collaborations have resulted in five publications for two of which she is the lead author. She has experience teaching independently both online and in classroom settings. Her teaching interests include social welfare and policy, research methods, and aging classes. As a member of the 6th cohort of the Pre-Dissertation Initiative from the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work, she has gained advanced training and support for her research agenda, and her scholarship was also recognized with the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship for 2015-2017.