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Photo of Dr. Rowles Graham Rowles, Ph.D.
Director and Chair, Professor
J-527 Kentucky Clinic
740 South Limestone
Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0284
Phone: 859-218-0145

Curriculum Vitae

Graham D. Rowles is a Professor in the Graduate Center for Gerontology with joint appointments in Nursing, Behavioral Science, Geography and Health Behavior. His research, in the field of environmental gerontology, focuses on the lived experience of aging in different contexts. A central theme of this work is exploration, employing qualitative methodologies, of the changing relationship between elders and their environments with advancing age and the implications of these relationships for health and wellbeing. He has conducted in-depth ethnographic research with elderly populations in urban (inner city), rural (Appalachian), and nursing facility environments. Current research includes leadership of the Kentucky Elder Readiness Initiative (KERI), a statewide project to explore the implications for communities of the aging of the Baby Boom cohort. His publications include Prisoners of Space? and five co-edited volumes, Aging and Milieu, Qualitative Gerontology, Long-Term Care for the Rural Elderly, Qualitative Gerontology: A Contemporary Perspective, and Home and Identity in Late Life in addition to more than 60 book chapters and articles. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education and serves on the editorial boards of The Journal of Applied Gerontology and the Journal of Housing for the Elderly. Dr. Rowles is President–Elect of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Representative Recent Publications

Richardson, D.R., McCulloch, B.J., & Rowles, G.D. (2001). Homeostasis and complexity as integrative concepts in gerontological education. Educational Gerontology 27:8, 669-680.

Rowles, G.D. & Ravdal, H. (2002). Aging, place and meaning in the face of changing circumstances. In R. Weiss & S. Bass (Eds.), Challenges of the Third Age: Meaning and Purpose in Later Life (pp. 81-114). New York: Oxford University Press.

Rowles, G.D. & Schoenberg, N. (Eds.). (2002). Qualitative Gerontology: Contemporary Perspectives New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Rowles, G.D. (2003). “The meaning of place as a component of self.” In E.B. Crepeau, E.S. Cohn & B.A.B. Schell (Eds.), Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (10th Edition) (pp.111-119). Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Rowles, G.D. & High, D.M. (2003). Family involvement in nursing home facilities: A decision-making perspective. In P.B. Stafford (Ed.), Gray Areas: Ethnographic Encounters with Nursing Home Culture. (pp.173-201). Santa Fe: School of American Research Press.

Rowles, G.D. & Watkins, J.F. (2003). History, habit heart and hearth: On making spaces into places. In K.W. Schaie, H.W. Wahl, H. Mollenkopf & F. Oswald (Eds.), Aging Independently: Living Arrangements and Mobility. (pp.77-96). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Rowles, G.D., Oswald, F., & Hunter, E.G. (2004). Interior living environments in old age. IN H.W. Wahl, R.J. Scheidt & P.G. Windley (Eds.), Aging in Contexts: Socio-Physical Environments. Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics Volume 23 (pp. 167-194). New York: Spinger Publishing Company.

Gatz, J.L., Rowles, G.D., & Tyas, S.L. (2004). Health disparities in rural Appalachia. In N. Glasgow, L.W. Morton, & N. Johnson (Eds.), Critical Issues in Rural Health (pp.183-194). Ames: Iowa State Press.