Debra Tomasino

Year you entered the program:  2018

Current programs:

  • Ph.D., Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS)
  • Graduate Certificate:  Long Term Healthcare Management
  • Graduate Certificate:  College Instruction

Previous Education:

  • M.A., UConn, Human Development & Family Sciences, 2021
  • B.A., UConn, Psychological Sciences, magna cum laude, 2018


  • Certified Dementia Practioner, National Council of Certified Dementia Practioners, 2020

Research Interests:

  • Health and well-being of older adults including cognitive, social, and biological perspectives

PhD Advising Committee:

     Major Advisor: Dr. Laura Donorfio, Associate Professor, UConn, HDFS

     Associate Advisors:  

  • Dr. Brian Chapman, Assistant Professor in Residence, UConn, HDFS
  • Dr. Kevin Manning, Associate Professor, UConn Health Center, Dept. of Psychiatry
  • Dr. Ryan Watson, Assistant Professor, UConn, HDFS

Teaching experience (year(s) title):

       Teaching Assistant, UConn

  • 2021: Research Methods in HDFS
  • 2020: Death, Dying and Bereavement
  • 2019: Diversity Issues in HDFS
  • 2019: Public Policy and the Family
  • 2018: Adulthood & Aging

       Graduate Instructional Specialist, UConn

  • 2019 and 2018: Issues in Human Sexuality
  • 2018: Adulthood & Aging

Awards/scholarships/fellowships (year(s) award):

  • 2020: UConn, HDFS Internal Support for External Grant Application Funding
  • 2020: Wood/Raith Gender Identity Living Trust, Summer Fellowship Award
  • 2019: LeadingAge Student Full Scholarship to attend the Annual Meeting & EXPO, San Diego, CA
  • 2019: Dr. Howard A. Rosencranz Memorial Scholarship
  • 2018: UConn, HDFS Fellowship Award

Service to the profession:

  • 2021: The Gerontological Society of America: Program, Publications and Products Committee — Workshop, Webinar, and Podcast Workgroup Member (1 year appointment)
  • 2020: The Gerontological Society of America: Abstract Peer Reviewer–Reframing Aging
  • 2019: American Geriatrics Society: Pilot Tester for Continuing Medical Education product–Safe Driving for Older Adults
Debra Tomasino
Contact Information
Mailing Address348 Mansfield Road, Unit 1058, Storrs, CT 06269
CampusStorrs, CT