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



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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