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Faculty & Staff

Our core, affiliated and adjunct faculty members know aging from all angles. We are fortunate to have three Fellows of the Gerontological Society of America among our faculty panel. We have faculty who are active practiioners in the community involved in care managment, medication counseling, dementia education, and a host of other topics. Most primary disciplines involved in gerontology are represented: psychology, nursing, social work, public policy, aging and design, etc.

Our faculty have strong credentials in both the academic study of aging and community-based practice in support of older adults. The Gerontology Program's practicum supervisors are similarly diverse and just as committed to training the next generation of "generalist gerontologists" to serve the needs of older adults well into the 21st Century!

Core Faculty:

Thomas M. Meuser, Director              

Rachel Craft, Advising & Practicum Coordinator                                                      

Shirley Porterfield

Ann Steffen

Adjunct Faculty

Affiliated Faculty



"When I’m in a new setting, I’m often shy and a little reserved. In the classroom at the UMSL program, I felt very welcomed and very warm.  My ability to share and not be judged by the professor or the other students.  Everyone was willing to help each.  Very welcoming and diverse."  Liz Yates, MSG  (2010 Graduate)