Since looking after my late husband for four years, the focus of my writing and research has been on caregiving. I have been a facilitator for family caregivers of dementia patients for the Alzheimer's Society of Washington, lectured on caregiving at the end-of-life ("From Burden to Enlightenment," "The Gifts of Caregiving") and presented the workshop "Empowerment for Caregivers." I also completed a four-part series on caregiving for a regional publication.
I received my Ph.D. from Michigan State University and completed my post-doctorate studies at Stanford University. I have more than three decades experience as a teacher, writer, advocate and researcher. My body of work includes nine books, and more than 100 articles, encyclopedia entries, research reports, book chapters and reviews. I am active in numerous community organizations, and was recently selected President of the Western Washington University Retirement Association (WWURA).
During my tenure at Chapman University, I was instrumental in implementing a new criminal justice program for use at two campuses in the Northwest. During my travels abroad, I taught at The University of Sydney Law School, The Flinders University of South Australia and Southern Cross University. Previously, I was a Professor of Sociology for more than 18 years at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.
Over the course of my career, I have received numerous grants for studies on youth, homelessness, women, domestic violence and curriculum development. While a Senior Fulbright Scholar, I began an extensive research project in Australia, conducting interviews of homeless young women and the social welfare agencies that serve them. My findings appear in the book Youth Crisis: Growing Up in the High-Risk Society. I have worked as a consultant to federal, state and local agencies in the U.S., and in March of 2009, I was approved as a Fulbright Specialists candidate. What an honor being nominated again.
I was recently recognized for 15 years of outstanding service at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. While I miss being in the classroom, I continue to pursue my passion for learning and getting the word out about the caregiving journey.