Dr. Kathy Black

Kathy black usfsm

Title: Professor

Area of Interest: Aging & Health, Age-Friendly Communities; Planning in Advance for Care throughout the End of Life

Phone: 941-359-4584

Curriculum Vitae: CV

Email: kblack@sar.usf.edu

Office: SMC C253

Kathy Black is a Professor of Aging Studies and Social Work at the University of South Florida, Sarasota – Manatee. Dr. Black obtained her Ph.D. from the State University of New York, Albany and Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Gerontology from the University of Southern California and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Black is a Next Avenue Top 50 National Influencer in Aging, Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar, a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, and The Patterson Foundation Initiative Consultant for Age-Friendly Sarasota. Dr. Black has 40 years of experience in the field of aging including work as gerontological researcher, educator, geriatric case manager, medical social worker, and geriatric nurse throughout the continuum of care. Dr. Black has conducted over 200 presentations at local, state, national, and international venues and has authored over 50 publications.


Black, K., & Lipscomb, V.B. (2017). The promise of documentary theatre to counter ageism in age-friendly communities. Journal of Aging Studies. (42), 32-37.

Hyer, K., Badana, A., Black, K., Haley, W. (2017). Preparing for Florida’s Older Adult Population Growth With User-Friendly Demographic Maps. Florida Public Health Review.

Black, K., Badana, A., & Hyer, K. (2016). Caregivers’ Considerations on Age-friendly Community Features. Annals of Gerontology and Geriatric Research, 3(2), 1041.

Black, K., & Hyer, K. (2016). From Aging-in-Community to Age-friendly Community: Translating Research into Practice.The International Journal of Aging and Society.6(4),

Black, K., & Csikai, E. (2015). Dying in the Age of Choice. Journal of Social Work in Palliative & End-of-Life Care.11(1), 27-49. [Invited Manuscript].

Black, K., & Dobbs, D.J. (2015). Community-dwelling Older Adults’ Perspectives on What Matters Most. Activities, Adaptation & Aging. (39), 133–152.

Black, K. (in press). Heart, Home, and Aging: An Everlasting Lesson. Educational Gerontology.

Black, K., Dobbs, D.J., & Young, T. L. (2015). Aging in Community: Mobilizing a New Paradigm of Older Adults as a Core Social Resource. Journal of Applied Gerontology,.34(2), 219-243.

Gelman, C., Black., K., & Kaye, L.W. (2014). Engaging students in gerontological work through innovative caregiving programming: Introduction to three brief reports. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education,35(3), 219-227.

Sheets, D., Black, K., & Kaye, L. (2014). Who cares for caregivers? Evidence-based approaches to family support. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 57(6-7), 525-530.

Gelman, C., Black., K., & Kaye, L.W. (2014). Growing the gerontological workforce through real-world research and practice: Final thoughts. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 35(3), 246-247.

Black, K. & Ziemba, N. (2014). Engaging students through gerontological research. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 35(3), 228-334.

Black, K. (2014). Establishing Empirically-informed Practice with Cargeivers: Findings from the CARES Program. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 57(6-7), 585-601.

Black, K. (2014). Depression among Older Adults. W. Bridgewater, MA: S.C. Publishing, Inc.

Black, K. (2014) Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Neurocognitive Disorders: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Management. W. Bridgewater, MA: S.C. Publishing, Inc.

Black, K. & Dobbs, D. J. (2014). Community-dwelling Older Adults’ Perceptions of Dignity: Core Meanings, Supports, Challenges, and Opportunities. Ageing & Society, 34(8).1292-1313.

Black, K. (2014). Multidimensional Health Assessment of the Older Adult. W. Bridgewater, MA: S.C. Publishing, Inc.

Black, K. (2014). Neurocognitive Impairment among Older Adults: Differential Diagnosis and Assessment of Delirium, Dementia, and Depression. W. Bridgewater, MA: S.C. Publishing, Inc.

Black, K. (2013), Substance Abuse and Older Adults. W. Bridgewater, MA: S.C. Publishing, Inc.

Black, K. (2011). Combining the “young” and the “young at heart”: Innovative intergenerational programming throughout the continuum of long term care. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 9(4), 458-461.

Black, K. (2011). Professional and personal factors associated with gerontological practice: Implications for training and education. Educational Gerontology, 37(11), 982-994.

Black, K. (2010). Promoting advance care planning through the National Healthcare Decisions Day initiative. Journal of Social Work in Palliative and End-of-Life Care, 6(1-2), 11-26.

Black, K. (2010). Substance Abuse and Older Adults. W. Bridgewater, MA: S.C. Publishing, Inc.

Black,K. (2010). Correlates of Case Managers’ Advance Care Planning Practices. Clinical Gerontologist, 33(2), 124-135.

Black, K., & Hyer, K. (2010). Person-centered considerations in practice for persons with dementia and their caregivers across the continuum of care. Best Practices in Mental Health: An International Journal, 6(1), 33-47.