Laura K.M. Donorfio

Associate Professor


CURRICULUM VITAE

Educational Background:

Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut, 1996
     Concentration: Adulthood & Aging
M.A., Human Development and Family Relations, University of Connecticut, 1991
     Concentration: Intergenerational Relationships

Selected Professional Accomplishments & Awards:

  • Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Fellow Award, University of Connecticut (2018)
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Connecticut (2018)
  • Convener, Intergenerational Learning, Research, and Community Engagement Interest Group, Academy for Gerontological in Higher Education, Gerontological Society of America (2013-present)
  • Office of Public Engagement Service-Learning Faculty Fellow, University of Connecticut (2015-2016)
  • Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Fellow (2014)
  • Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Executive Committee, Member-at-Large (2011-2013)
  • Chair Publications Committee, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (2011-2012)
  • Academy (formerly Association) for Gerontology in Higher Education Teaching Institute, Gerontological Society of America (2010-present)
  • Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Distinguished Teacher (2009)
  • American Association of University Professors Excellence Award for Teaching Promise, University of Connecticut (2009)
  • Visiting Fellow, AgeLab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2001-2009)
  • Convener, Qualitative Research Formal Interest Group, Gerontological Society of America (2008-2011)

Research Specializations:

  • Innovative Pedagogical, Andragogical, and Geragogical Approaches
    • Intergenerational Learning
    • Lifelong Learning
    • Experiential Learning
  • Innovative Teaching Platforms
  • Qualitative Research Design & Methods
  • Family Caregiving and Filial Responsibility
  • Transportation Issues and Older Drivers

Selected Publications:

  • Donorfio, L. (2019). AGHE’s Teaching Institute–What is it? Why is it? And a decade in the making! The AGHE Exchange, 41(3), https://www.aghe.org/publications/aghexchange.
  • Froude, C., Rigazio-DiGilio, S., Donorfio, L., Bellizzi, K. (2017). Contextualizing the young adult female breast cancer experience: developmental, psychosocial, and interpersonal influences.  The Qualitative Report, 22(6), 1488-1510.
  • Vhetter, R., Myllykangas, S.A., Donorfio, L.K.M., & Foose, A.K. (2011). Using creative movement as a stress reduction intervention for the caregiver. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, & Dance, 82(2), 35-39.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M., Vhetter, R., & Vracevic, M. (2010). Effects of three caregiver interventions: support, educational literature, and creative movement. Journal of Women & Aging, 22(1), 61-75.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M. & Chapman, B. (2009). Engaging the older learner on growing old—positively. The LLI Review, 4, 9-21.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M., Mohyde, M., D’Ambrosio, L., & Coughlin, J. (2009). To drive or not to drive? That isn’t the question—Defining self-regulation among older drivers. Journal of Safety Research, 40, 221-226.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M., D’Ambrosio, L., Coughlin, J., & Mohyde, M. (2008). Health, safety, self-regulation and the older driver: It’s not just a matter of age. Journal of Safety Research, 39, 555-561.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M., Mohyde, M., Coughlin, J., & D’Ambrosio, L. (2008). A qualitative exploration of self-regulation behaviors among older drivers. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 20(3), 323-339.
  • D’Ambrosio, L.A., Donorfio, L.K.M., Coughlin, J., Mohyde, M., & Meyer, J. (2008). Gender differences in self-regulation patterns and attitudes toward driving among older adults. Journal of Women & Aging, 20(3/4), 265-282.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M. & Healy, C. (2008). Teaching an Interactive Television Course on Adulthood and Aging: Making it Happen. Educational Gerontology, 34(6), 1-19.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M. & Kellett, K. (2006). Filial responsibility and transitions involved: A qualitative exploration of caregiving daughters and frail mothers. Journal of Adult Development, 13(3-4), 158-167.

Selected Presentations:

  • Donorfio, L.K.M. (2018, November). A History of Intergenerational Learning and Programming in the U.S. Presenter at the Intergenerational Learning, Research, and Community Engagement Interest Group meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA.
  • Andreoletti, C., Donorfio, L.K.M., Hanks, R.S., June, A., Karasik, R.J., Manoogian, M., & Montepare, J. (2018, November).  Using Innovative Intergenerational Strategies to Boost Careers in Aging.  Symposium session presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA.
  • Borrero, L., Bergman, E., Donorfio, L.K.M., & Reinemann, T. (2018, March). Technology as a Means to Foster Intergenerational Relationships: The Possibilities are Endless. Workshop session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Atlanta, GA.
  • Pitheckoff, N., Borrero, L., Donorfio, L.K.M., Greenberg, P., Kruger, T., & Reynolds, L. (2018, March). You Really Can Do This: Next Steps in Teaching in an Online Environment.  Workshop session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Atlanta, GA.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M. & Holley, L. (2018, March). Pecha Kucha: Intergenerational Relationships and Programming. Presenter at AGHE Networking Event at the annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Atlanta, GA.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M. (2018, February). AGHE’s Eighth Annual Teaching Institute: Intergenerational Experiential Learning in the Classroom and Online: Successful Models from Simple to Complex.  Chair, Organizer, and Co-presenter of one-day teaching institute at the annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Atlanta, GA.
  • Abushakra, J., Damron-Rodriguez, J., Donorfio, L.K.M., & Elfenbein, P. (2017, July). Integration and Assessment of the Gerontology Education Competencies (GECs) into the Curriculum. Workshop session presented at the 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, San Francisco, CA.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M. (2017, March). AGHE’s Seventh Annual Teaching Institute: Teaching in Online Environments and Navigating the Myths and Realities of Developing Dynamic High-Quality Courses. Chair, Organizer, and Co-presenter of one-day teaching institute at the annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Miami, FL.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M. & Pitheckoff, N. (2017, March). Strategies for Integrating Service Learning in Online Courses. Workshop session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Miami, FL.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M., Elliot, K.S., Greenberg, P.A., Karasik, R., & Kishimoto, K. (2017, March). Teaching Approaches to Understanding Heterogeneity, Inequality and Context of Aging. Symposium session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Miami, FL.
  • Donorfio, L.K.M., Draper, J., & Yakovich, J. (2017, March). Teaching Undergraduates Aging Through Service Learning in an Intergenerational Lifelong Learning Environment. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Region Campus Compact Conference, New York, NY.

 

Laura Donorfio
Contact Information
Emaillaura.donorfio@uconn.edu
Phone(203) 236-9837
Phone (alternate)(203) 560-0760
Mailing AddressUniversity of Connecticut, Waterbury Campus, 99 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702 USA
Office LocationWaterbury Campus: 99 East Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06702 (Room 117) Storrs Campus: Family Studies Building, 348 Mansfield Road, Storrs, CT 06269 (Room 123D)
CampusWaterbury (primary) & Storrs
Office HoursBy Appointment
CoursesGraduate: Adulthood & Aging, Issues in Human Sexuality, Life Span Development, Qualitative Research Methods, Special Issues in Family Development, Independent Study, Research Practicum, Teaching Practicum; Undergraduate: Adult Development & Aging (brick & mortar; interactive television; hybrid; service learning, online), Public Policy & Family (brick & mortar; interactive television; hybrid), Issues in Human Sexuality (brick & mortar; interactive television; hybrid; online), Death, Dying, & Bereavement (brick & mortar; hybrid), Professional Communication in Human Development and Family Studies (Writing Course) (brick & mortar; hybrid), Research Methods in HDFS (Writing course), Aging in American Society, Independent Study, Supervised Field Experience, Research Practicum, Freshman First Year Experience (team taught); Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (UConn) Adulthood & Aging (Intergenerational Class) , Aging Positively: Film and Discussion on Current Adulthood and Aging Issues