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Center for Gerontology Staff - Dana Burr Bradley

Dana Burr Bradley, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE

Dana Burr Bradley, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE

Director, Center for Gerontology & Professor Public Health

Office:  Tate Page Hall 241
Phone:  (270) 745-2356


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.




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


Interests include:

Interdisciplinary perspectives on aging policy, history of aging, long term care. age friendly cities and generational leadership & management


Recent Publications:

2014    “Do Companies Really Understand What Older Employees Want From Their Social Engagement Experience,” Procedia--Social and Behavioral Sciences, 109: 8 January, 531-535. 


2013  “Building an Age Friendly Community: Strategies to Enhance Planning Through On-Line Communication.” International Journal Reliable and Quality E-Healthcare, 2(1); 43-50.  (D. B. Bradley & Kelly Fitzgerald).  


2013    "Influence of Satisfaction with Services on Assisted Living Resident Satisfaction," Journal of  Housing for the Elderly, 27:1-2, 177-190.  (K. Abrahamson, D.B. Bradley, K. Morgan, B. Fulton, B. Ibrahimou).


2012    “Generational Management, “in Management: Theory, Research, and Practice, 19-33,  A Rahim (Ed), New York: Cognella Publishing.


2012    “Does Functional Independence Influence Satisfaction among Assisted Living Residents?” Senior Housing and Care Journal,20: 85-97, (K. Abrahamson, D.B. Bradley, K. Morgan, B. Fulton).  


2012  “What Can Gerontology learn from Accreditation in Health Education and Allied Health?” Special issue on Accreditation, Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 33:75-86 (D. B Bradley & K. Fitzgerald).


2011    “Generational Shift and Drug Abuse in the Aged,” Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences, 5: 58-66.  (J. White, D. Duncan , T. Nicholson, D. Bradley & J. Bonaguro)


2010    “The Baby Boomer Effect: Changing Patterns of Substance Abuse Among Aging Adults,” Journal of Aging & Social Policy 22: 237-246. (D. Duncan, J. White, T. Nicholson, D. Bradley & J. Bonaguro).


2007    “The Sex Difference in Depression across 29 Countries” Social Forces 85: 1483-1508 (R. Hopcroft and D. B. Bradley).


2007    “Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who is the Ageist of us all?” The Gerontologist 47:130 - 133.



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