Kyle L. Bower, MA, Gerontology

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Ph.D. Candidate

Address:
373 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602

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workOffice Phone: 706-542-4939

Curriculum Vitae

Current Classes

HDFS 3710: Midlife and Later Years

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Masters Gerontology Georgia State University, Gerontology Institute 2009
Bachelor of Science Psychology Georgia College & State University 2007

Research

Kyle's research focuses on how marginalized populations, specifically individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/gender non-conforming (LGBT) negotiate formal and informal care options in late life.

Current Research

My research focuses on how marginalized populations, specifically individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/gender non-conforming (LGBT) negotiate formal and informal care options in late life. My dissertation, “Generativity Among LGBT Older Adults” is designed to qualitatively explore the meaning of generativity within the context of historical, individual, familial, and relational cultures. By addressing the cultural context of social influences I anticipate being able to discern the individuality that constitutes the LGBT older adutl population.

Teaching

Currently Teaching:

HDFS 3710: Mid-Life and Later Years

Outreach

2015

Guest facilitator, Refugee Responsiveness Series on Financial Planning
Guest speaker, Wisdom Workshop, Gwinnett Christian Terrace
Committee member, HDFS Departmental Awards Committee


2014

Committee member, 2015 Quint State Planning Committee
Student Mentor, UGA Athletic Department
Safe Space Representative

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Goebel-Macklin Award Groves Conference on Marriage and Family 2016
Elizabeth T. Sheerer Graduate Scholarship FACS 2016
2016 Price-Coker Dissertation Award HDFS 2016
Eleonora M. Costa Graduate Support Fund FACS 2015
CFD Department Graduate Student Fund HDFS 2014

Journal Articles

Porter, K. E., Brennan-Ing, M., Chang, S. C., dickey, L. M., Singh, A. A., Bower, K. L., & Witten, T. M. (2016). Providing Competent and Affirming Services for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults. Clinical Gerontologist, p.1-24.

Morrissey Stahl, K., Bower, K.L., Seponski, D.M., Lewis, D.C., Farnham, A., Tadik, Y.C. (in press 2016). A practitioner’s guide to end-of-life intimacy for older adults: Suggestions for conceptualization and intervention in palliative care. Omega.

Books

Dickey, L & Bower, K.L. (under review). TGNC - Affirmative Care with Adults and Older Adults in A. Singh (eds), Handbook of Trans-Affirmative Counseling and Psychological Practice

Working Papers

Bower, K.L., Kemp, C., Burgess, E.O., Atkins, J. (in progress). “God bless ‘em, God bless us all”: Caregiver stressors and strengths among low income mother-daughter dyads.
Bower, K.L., Lewis, D.L., & Scheckler, S. (in progress). Older LGBT Individuals and Their Caregivers’ Access to and Utilization of End-of-Life Supports and Services.

Advisory Committee

Dr. Denise Lewis (major), Dr. Maria Bermudez, Dr. Anneliese Singh

Job Description

In addition to my coursework, I also contribute to research and outreach that addresses the needs of marginalized individuals through the LIFE (life course, intergenerational interactions, family networks, human engagement) Lab at UGA. I currently fulfill the role of Lab Coordinator (under the direction of Dr. Denise C. Lewis) and have been tasked with organizing various research projects in progress. Toward this objective, I oversee the work of undergraduates, ensure deadlines are met, and that projects are continuing at the appropriate pace.