In her role at CIP, Megan has been involved in several academic-community based research collaborations including serving as project manager for a 6-year NIMH funded randomized control trial testing the effectiveness of a behavioral activation intervention to treat depression in homebound African American elders lead by Thomas Jefferson University and Johns Hopkins University. She also developed and later supervised a housing counseling program for older adults. Megan holds Masters degrees in Social Service (Clinical) and Law & Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College, and a BA in English from Temple University. She is a recent recipient of the Rivitz Award for outstanding dissertation proposal.
Research and Scholarly Interests
- Aging and ageism
- Impact of systemic oppression and institutionalized silences in later life
- Health disparities among African American and LGBT older adults
- Community-based aging services
- Application of critical and feminist theories to policy analysis and community-based aging practice.
Despite growing literature concerning the health disparities confronting LGBT older adults as a result of institutionalized homophobia, researchers have yet to consider LGBT elders within the specific context of senior centers, a key program federally funded under the Older Americans Act. My study will consider how the discourse of senior centers creates welcoming environments, or alternately construct silences, for LGBT older adults. Specific aims include understanding if/how staff and participants discuss LGBT participation; how the aging services delivery system and its mandates influence that discourse; and, what are the overt and tacit rules of practice described by those enacting them?