Thomas M. Meuser
Associate Professor of Gerontology & Social Work
Director, Gerontology Graduate Program
Coordinator, UMSL Life Review Project
134 Bellerive Hall (South Campus)
Office Hours: By appointment. Schedule by e-mail (preferred) or telephone.
Education: PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Missouri - St. Louis (1997); MS, Clinical Psychology, University of Missouri - St. Louis (1992); BA, Psychology, College of the Holy Cross (1986)
Courses: Gerontological Assessment (GER/SW 6450), Interviewing Older Adults & Life Review (GER/SW 6130), Directed Research in Aging (GER 6510), Practicum in Gerontology (GER 6495), Advanced Practicum in Gerontology (GER 6496), Practicum in Gerontological Research (GER 6500)
Research Interests: Loss and grief in aging; driver fitness & mobility transitions; individual differences in readiness to cope with significant life changes; neuropsychology of aging; translation of research findings and professional education
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Dr. Meuser joined the faculty of UM-St. Louis in August, 2007, as Director of the Gerontology Graduate Program in the School of Social Work. He is a clinical psychologist with specialized training and experience in the clinical neuropsychology of aging, particularly dementing disorders. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and known internationally for his work on older driver safety.
His teaching interests include gerontological assessment, loss and grief in aging, and interviewing older adults and life review. Dr. Meuser's current research focuses on older driver safety and mobility - important issues in our aging society. He has also published on grief and loss issues in aging and dementia, including a widely used measure called the Caregiver Grief Inventory.
He has received grant funding from the Alzheimer's Disease Centers Program of the National Institutes of Aging, the Alzheimer's Association, the State of Missouri's Alzheimer's Disease & Related Disorders Research Program, the National Center on Senior Transportation (a division of Easter Seals funded by the US Department of Transportation), and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. His work has been published in various journals, including the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society; OMEGA: Journal of Death & Dying, Death Studies, The Gerontologist, The American Family Physician, Social Work in Health Care, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Accident Prevention & Analysis, Educational Gerontology: An International Journal, and Alzheimer's Disease & Associated Disorders.
From 1999-2007, Dr. Meuser was a research track faculty member in the Department of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He was promoted to Associate Professor there in 2006. He served as a research co-investigator and Director of Education and Rural Outreach for the Washington University Knight Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (K-ADRC), one of 29 centers in the United States funded through the Alzheimer's Disease Centers Program, National Institute on Aging. His work at the ADRC involved developing, coordinating and otherwise presenting educational programs on cognitive aging and dementia for student, professional and community audiences. Dr. Meuser was a Clinical instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at Saint Louis University School of Medicine from 1998-1999.