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Nina Silverstein

Professor of Gerontology
Department of Gerontology, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston

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Research and Background

Nina M. Silverstein is Professor of Gerontology, University of Massachusetts Boston.  She is an applied social gerontologist who integrates research and practice into her teaching. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and has held leadership roles in that organization, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and the Alzheimer’s Association. She has published on the impact of dementia on home, community, institutional and acute care and on a broad range of issues in gerontology. Her current research interests relate to transportation and aging with a special focus on dementia. Her focus on the need for senior-friendly supportive transportation led to the development of an online certificate for transportation providers and aging services professionals that she co-teaches with Helen Kerschner, PhD, Director of the National Volunteer Transportation Center, Community Transportation Association of America. Drs. Silverstein and Kerschner are currently working on a supplemental textbook on an introduction to senior transportation (expected completion in 2017).

Contact Info

Nina Silverstein
UMass Boston, 100 Morrisey Blvd.
Boston, Massachusetts 02125


PhD Heller School, Brandeis University 1980BS; University of Illinois, Urbana 1974


Silverstein, N.M., Dickerson, A., & Schold Davis, E. (2016). Community Mobility and Dementia: The Role for Health Care Professionals in Dementia Care: An Evidence-Based Approach, Boltz, M., & Galvin,J., Editors. Springer Publications: 123-148.

Womack, J.L., & Silverstein, N.M. (2012). The Big Picture: Comprehensive Mobility Options. In Maguire, M.J., & Schold Davis, E. (Eds). Driving and Community Mobility, Occupational Therapy Strategies Across the Lifespan. Bethesda: American Occupational Therapy Association Press: 19-48. Silverstein, N., & Turk, K. Students explore supportive transportation for older adults (2015). Gerontology & Geriatrics Education/Routledge Taylor & Francis. DOI: 10.1080/02701960.2015.1005289

Eby, D., Silverstein, N., Lisa, M., LeBlanc,. D., Adler, G..(2012). Driving Behaviors in Early Stage Dementia: A Study Using In-Vehicle Technology. Accident Analysis & Prevention.

Curriculum Vitae

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