Dana Burr Bradley, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE
Director, Center for Gerontology & Professor Public Health
Dana Burr Bradley brings her passion for connecting learners of all ages with the global community to WKU as Director of the Center for Gerontology, a member of Western Kentucky University's Applied Research & Technology Program.
Currently, Dr. Bradley leads WKU AGING and the City of Bowling Green in its work on Age Friendly Cities. Bowling Green, KY was the first city in the South to become part of the World Health Organization's Age Friendly Network of Cities & Communities. This 5 year project involves multiple community partners in planning for an age-friendly city. Her research expertise supports several state level policy projects aimed at improving options for aging Kentuckians and their families. Recently she has completed the first phase of work on transnational caregiving with New Zealand European settlers in collaboration with the University of Otago.
Dr. Bradley says "leadership, which means suggesting the possible and crafting an environment of the probable, is important to her." She currently serves as the Past President of the Southern Gerontological Society (SGS) and Secretary, the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). A skilled strategist with proven successes in increasing resources necessary to sustain high impact education and community-based research in aging, she prefers to think outside of the circle.
Research areas: Interdisciplinary perspectives on aging policy, history of aging, long term care and generational leadership & management.
Gero 100 & HON Gero 100: Introduction to Aging Experience
Gero 485: Seminar in Gerontology
Gero 490: Independent Study in Gerontology
Gero 501: Perspectives in Aging
HON 300: Endings, The Space Between Life & Death