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Rosemary Blieszner, Ph.D.
Alumni Distinguished Professor
Associate Dean of the Graduate School
Associate Director of the Center for Gerontology

 

              E-Mail    rmb@vt.edu

Mailing Address   Department of Human Development (MC 0416)
                              Wallace Hall RM 313, Virginia Tech
                              295 West Campus Drive
                              Blacksburg, VA 24061

               Phone    540-231-5437

                   Fax    540-231-7012

     Office Hours    By appointment
   
  

Curriculum Vitae

Rosemary Blieszner, Ph.D., Alumni Distinguished Professor, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Primary Academic Interests

  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Family Studies

Professional Responsibilities

  • President, Gerontological Society of American
  • Editorial board, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences

Current Research

  • Books/Book Chapters
    •  Savla, J., Roberto, K. A., & Blieszner, R. (2014). Well-being of spouses of persons with mild cognitive impairment. In A. C. Michalos (Ed.), Encyclopedia of quality of life and well-being research (pp. 7098-7103)Dordrecht, Netherlands:Springer.
    • Blieszner, R., Bedford, V. H. (2012). The Family Context of Aging: Trends and Challenges. In Rosemary Blieszner & Victoria Hilkevitch Bedford (Ed.), Handbook of Families and Aging (2nd ed., pp. 3-8). Westport, CT: Praeger.
    • Bedford, V. H., Blieszner, R. (2012). New Directions for Family Gerontology. In Rosemary Blieszner & Victoria Hilkevitch Bedford (Ed.), Handbook of Families and Aging (2nd ed., pp. 567-579). Westport, CT: Praeger.
  • Data Analysis on funded research
    • Alzheimer’s Association: “Understanding Mild Cognitive Impairment: Family dynamics and diversity.” Co-investigator with Dr. Karen A. Roberto, PI. (2007-10)
    • Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Research Award Fund, Virginia Center on Aging: “Caring for a spouse with mild cognitive impairment: Daily challenges, marital relations, and physiological indicators of health.” Co-investigator with Drs. Karen A. Roberto (PI) and Jyoti Savla (2008-09)
  • Other research
    • Family and Friend Relationships and Well Being in Old Age
    • Use of Community Services by Rural Elders and Their Families

Selected Publications

Blieszner, R. (2014). The worth of friendship: Can friends keep us happy and healthy? Generations, 38(1), 24-30.
 
Pasymowski, S., Roberto, K. A., & Blieszner, R. (2013). Adjustment to mild cognitive impairment: Perspectives of male care partners and their spouses, Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 12, 213-234. doi: 10.1080/15332691.2013.806703
 
Roberto, K. A., McCann, B. R., & Blieszner, R. (2013). Trajectories of care: Spouses coping with changes related to MCI. Dementia, 12, 45-62. doi: 10.1177/1471301211421233
 
Savla, J., Granger, D. A., Roberto, K. A., Davy, A., Blieszner, R., & Gwazdauskas, F. (2013). Cortisol and alpha amylase reactivity to daily stressors in spouses of persons with mild cognitive impairment. Psychology and Aging, 28, 666-679. doi: 10.1037/a0032654
 
Blieszner, R., & Bedford, V. H. (Eds.). (2012). Handbook of families and aging (2nd ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
 
Ramsey, J. L., & Blieszner, R. (2012). Spiritual resiliency and aging: Hope, relationality, and the creative self. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Company, Inc.
 

Allen, K. R., Roberto, K. A., & Blieszner, R. (2011). Perspectives on extended family and fictive kin in the later years: Strategies and meanings of kin reinterpretation. Journal of Family Issues32, 1156-1177. doi: 10.1177/0192513X11404335

Kiecolt, K. J., Blieszner, R., & Savla, J. (2011). Long-term influences of intergenerational ambivalence on midlife parents’ psychological well-being. Journal of Marriage and Family, 73, 369-382. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00812.x
 

Roberto, K. A., Blieszner, R., McCann, B., & McPherson, M. (2011). Family triad perceptions of mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 66, 756-768doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbr107

Savla, J., Roberto, K. A., Blieszner, R., Cox, M., & Gwazdauskas, F. (2011). Effects of daily stressors on the psychological and biological well-being of spouses of persons with mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 66, 653-664. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbr041
 
Blieszner, R., & Roberto, K. A. (2010). Care partner responses to the onset of mild cognitive impairment. The Gerontologist, 50, 11-22. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnp068
 
Buys, L., Roberto, K. A., Miller, E. A., & Blieszner, R. (2008). Prevalence and predictors of depressive symptoms among rural older Australians and Americans. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 16, 33-39. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1584.2007.00948.x
 
Voorpostel, M., & Blieszner, R. (2008). Intergenerational solidarity and support between adult siblings. Journal of Marriage and Family, 70, 157-167. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2007.00468.x
 
Blieszner, R., Roberto, K. A., Wilcox, K. L., Barham, E. J., & Winston, B. L. (2007). Dimensions of ambiguous loss in couples coping with mild cognitive impairment. Family Relations, 56, 195-208. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2007.00452.x
 
Blieszner, R. (2006, invited distinguished scholar article). A lifetime of caring: Close relationships in old age. Personal Relationships, 13,1-18. doi:10.1111/j.1475-6811.2006.00101.x

 

 

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