Linda S. Noelker, PhD
Dr. Noelker joined the Benjamin Rose Institute as an applied aging reearcher in its Margaret Blenkner Research Institute in 1974. She is currently the Senior Vice President for Planning and Organizational Resources and Director of the Katz Policy Institute.
Dr. Noelker received her master's and doctoral degrees from Case Western Reserve University and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Sociology there. She has also served as Editor-in-Chief of The Gerontologist , the leading scientific journal in applied aging research, practice, and policy. She holds leadership positions in the American Society on Aging (ASA) and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the two major professional societies in the field of aging. She received the 2005 ASA Award for exemplary contributions to the field of aging and received the 2005 Distinguished Career in Gerontology Award from the Behavioral and Social Sciences section of GSA.
Throughout her career, she has conducted research on the nature and effects of family care for frail elders, patterns of service use by older adults and their family caregivers, and sources of stress and job satisfaction among direct care workers. Dr. Noelker has published widely in professional journals on the support networks of older adults, quality of life, the well-being of family caregivers, predictors of service use, and the nature of social relationships in nursing homes.