Dr. Gibson Published New Text on Trauma and Disaster Behavioral Health
This contributed volume examines the intersection of trauma and disaster behavioral health from a lifespan perspective, filling a critical gap in the literature on disaster mental health research. In the chapters, the contributors evaluate behavioral data of adults exposed to various environmental events in both the United States (i.e., the 2017 Hurricanes Irma in Florida and Harvey in Houston) and abroad (i.e., missile fire in the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict). Contributors also suggest future directions, practices, and policies for trauma and disaster response.
February 21, 2020
Dr. Gibson was invited by the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council/American Academy of Nursing was an Invited Panelist for the Expert Panel on Aging of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN), Sub-committee on Emergency/Disaster Preparedness for Older Adults. The group met in June 2018 in Washington, D.C. to develop the whitepaper: "Closing the Gaps:
Advancing Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Recovery for Older Adults" which was published in early 2020.
The final report outlines 25 evidence informed recommendations that target six emergency management domains: (1) Individuals and Caregivers; (2) Community-Based Services and Programs; (3) Health Care Professionals and Emergency Response Personnel; (4) Care Institutions and Organizations; (5) Legislations and Policy; (6) Research. To access a copy of the final report, click here to go directly to the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council web page.
May 5, 2019
To identify gaps and unmet needs of residents in the city of Lexington, Kentucky, UK College of Social Work student Leigha Cameron will be conducting research on housing inequality and its relation to chronic illness. In the study, “Exploring the Relationship of Chronic Illness and Housing Affordability”, Cameron will survey adults 18 and older on their representation of health and housing differences across various socioeconomic backgrounds and strive to examine housing inequity. Housing inequality refers to unequal access to housing that is safe, healthy, and connected to the resources that everyone needs: jobs that pay living wages, safe and reliable transportation, and high-quality health care. Following data analysis, findings and recommendations will be shared with the Kentucky Housing Corporation to assist in informing policy and programming in the context of chronic illness and housing affordability.
Invited Speaker for the Aging Studies Program at Eastern Michigan University annual lecture
Gerontological Society of America’s Delegation to the German Congress on Geriatrics and Gerontology
Dr. Allison Gibson was selected to represent the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) as a Delegate to the German Congress on Geriatrics and Gerontology. She presented her work "Effectiveness of firehouse social services program" in Köln, Germany.
National Institute of Health Loan Repayment Program Recipient
Dr. Allison Gibson was selected by the National Institute of Aging's National Institute of Health Loan Repayment Program Recipient. Dr. Gibson will work the next two years under the mentorship of Dr. Gregory Jicha of the UK Sanders Brown Center on Aging researching interventions for persons with mild cognitive impairment.
“100 Buckeyes You Should Know” Influential Alumni Award from the Ohio State University Alumni Association
Albert Schweitzer Fellow
Allison Gibson was selected for the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship for the Columbus-Athens Chapter. From 2011-12 she partnered with the Alzheimer's Association, Central Ohio Chapter to develop an early stage program for persons newly diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. She also assisted the organization in expanding their support services for families of Younger-Onset Alzheimer's Disease.
Pre-Dissertation Initiative Awardee, Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work
Allison Gibson was selected for a Pre-Dissertation Initiative Award with the Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW). Upon completion of participation in the AGESW Pre-Dissertation Fellows Program, participants will have the skills necessary to:
Engage in teaching, quantitative and qualitative research, and publishing.
Seek financial support for their dissertation research in gerontology
Develop a career plan that demonstrates a combined record of work experience, teaching experience/ interests, and a research agenda in the field of aging.