Jacquelyn Minahan

Q&A with Jacquelyn Minahan, MA, from the University of Kansas in Denver, Colorado.

waldronMeet Jacquelyn.

"This society brings together aging professionals with similar goals and allows for wide-scale dissemination of research and knowledge."

Q: Tell us a little about what you are doing right now.
A: I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Kansas, completing a dual PhD in Gerontology and Clinical Psychology with a major emphasis in Health Psychology. My graduate research to date has focused principally on multiple chronic conditions (MCC), depression, and chronic pain among older adults. My dissertation, defended in June 2019, investigated the relationship between disease clusters and depressive symptomatology in an older adult sample, and the degree to which this association is moderated by pain interference. I am currently completing my clinical internship at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA in Denver, CO, with an emphasis in Primary Care-Mental Health Integration.

Q: Tell us about your most recent activities and accomplishments.
A: I recently chaired and presented in my first symposium at the GSA annual scientific meeting in Austin, TX. I was also awarded the Louise Julie Doehring McClendon Scholarship in Gerontology and the Clinical Program Citizenship Award from the University of Kansas this past year.

Q: What are your motivations (inspirations) for studying aging?
A: I completed my master’s internship in Geropsychology at the Boston VA, where I was inspired to continue studying, researching, and working with older adults. My time spent, both then and since, has fostered an interest in understanding the mechanisms of disease clustering and the relationship with mental health symptomatology, particularly depression. Aging has particular relevance for each and every one of us; I, like my fellow aging colleagues, aspire to contribute to the field and improve our understanding of the aging process.

Q: Tell us about your involvement in GSA.
A: I’ve been a GSA ESPO member since my first year in graduate school and call the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section my home. In 2018, I was elected ESPO Secretary, and served on the ESPO Executive Committee this past year. I will be transitioning to serve as the ESPO Communications Chair for 2020.

Q: How do you feel GSA serves the field of gerontology and aging research?
A: GSA offers a unique multidisciplinary platform to share and collaborate. This society brings together aging professionals with similar goals and allows for wide-scale dissemination of research and knowledge. The additional emphasis on clinical and practice implementation at this year’s conference takes a step towards ensuring scientific research has practical implications.

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