Dr. Patricia Kolb (Social Work) has been named chair-elect of the Gerontological Society of America’s Research, Education and Practice Committee. She will begin her appointment on November 1, and will continue to serve as chair for the following two years of the three-year term.
Earlier this year, the Society selected Dr. Kolb as a fellow for her widely recognized work on “cultural competence,” specifically how ethnicity and background impact the care of elderly patients in nursing homes. Dr. Kolb is the author of Understanding Aging and Diversity: Theories and Concepts (Routledge), which is due to be published in 2013. Over the years, she has conducted extensive research and lectured on the topic.
As chair-elect of the committee, she will be responsible for carrying out its mission of fostering multidisciplinary research, education and practice in gerontology, including continued encouragement, development and promotion in these specific areas. In addition, the committee serves as a liaison with organizations giving financial support to these efforts and seeking new ways for the Society to promote such work.
Dr. Kolb has taught at Lehman since 1999. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Butler University, a Master of Science in social administration from Case Western University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the New School for Social Research.