Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
  Roma Stovall Hanks, Ph.D.
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Dr. Hanks is a frequent speaker in the community and across the State of Alabama. She is often contacted by the media for comments on issues related to aging and family life. She has participated in national focus groups and expert panels for AARP and AgeWave and has been a reviewer for the Rosalynn Carter Institute book series of family caregiving. In October, 2003, she organized and hosted a regional mini-conference, "Gerontology: We Care!."

She has organized regional mini-conferences on intergenerational service-learning in three states. In 2001, she coordinated regional participation (teleconference and on-site) with former Vice-President Al Gore's class on community development at Middle Tennessee State University. She served in 2000-2003 as Southern Regional Coordinator for Intergenerational Service-Learning in Gerontology. Dr. Hanks developed the curriculum for the first Alabama Leadership Institute for Older Adults - one of six such programs nationally - and she is Principal Investigator for the ongoing evaluation of the Institute. She has been Co-Principal Investigator in a multi-year evaluation of youth violence intervention. She has consulted with numerous local and national non-profit agencies in proposal development and program evaluation in areas such as disaster preparedness for senior citizens, health disparities, and fair housing. Her current research focuses on: (1) life histories of women in jail; (2) formal and informal sources of social support and their relative meanings for cancer survivors; and (3) social support for decision making among special populations facing disaster or catastrophic illness.

 
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