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Kathy Segrist

Coordinator of the Applied Gerontology Program and Associate Professor of Applied Gerontology

HP 308   Phone: 765-285-1296  

School of Kinesiology
Health and Physical Activity Building (HP), Room 360
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Dr. Segrist currently is the Associate Director, Program Director for Gerontology, and Associate Professor at the Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.

Prior to joining the Institute, Dr. Segrist was the Director of the Institute on Aging, Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has written or co-written training guides, bibliographies and selected aging-related materials, including training manuals on care management, elder abuse, mental health and aging and ethnogeriatrics, spearheaded a statewide technology project, and has translated written training material into web module format.

While at the Institute on Aging in Philadelphia, she developed and initiated one-day workshops, video conferences, the regional Blueprints Conference series utilizing national speakers such as Dr. Joyce Brothers, and an AoA Regional Nutrition conference and taught health and aging network professionals about information services and time management techniques. In 1991, her Blueprints Elderfair: Pathways for Eldercare conference, a public/private venture, received a citation from the White House's Points of Light Foundation for its benefit to the aging network. Also, in mid 1991 she assumed the Project Directorship of the statewide training program for area agency on aging personnel funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging. She administered contracts with such agencies as the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, Pennsylvania's Office of Attorney General, Pennsylvania Department of Education (technology program) and other projects funded by local, state and federal dollars, and was the Director of the Certificate in Gerontology Program.

Prior to joining the Institute on Aging and GEC/PA in 1988, Dr. Segrist was Program Manager and Research Coordinator for the Department of Community Human Services Montgomery County, Dayton, Ohio. She was responsible for administering an award winning countywide human service delivery system. She has served as an Education/Testing Advisor for the U.S. Air Force where she developed and evaluated a survey in educational needs and then established a college credit and testing program for Air Force personnel assigned to remote, non-base locations. She directed the college preparation program for GED completion for Metropolitan technical Community College, Omaha, Nebraska, and has served as an Adult Education Guidance Counselor for the Department of Defense.

Dr. Segrist has been active in the aging network since 1983 when she was chosen to serve on the PSA II Advisory Board in Ohio. She has served as chair or vice chair of county and multi-county allocations committees (e.g. Allocations Committee, Senior Information Services Board, Ohio Welfare Conference) and Chairperson of the Community Health and the Elderly Review Committee of SE Pennsylvania United Way. On a national level, Dr. Segrist is Fellow, on the Executive Committee of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), the newsletter coordinator for advertising, the University Institutional Representative, and the Program Chair for the 2002 Annual Conference for this organization, is a reviewer of aging publications for the Library Journal, is a member of the American Society on Aging serving on the Education and Training Committee, and a member of the Gerontological Society of America serving on the 2001 Annual Program Committee. She has presented or exhibited as such national conferences as Gerontological Society of America, National Council on Aging, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, American Geriatrics Society, National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, American Society on Aging, and the National Educational Computing Conference.

Dr. Segrist holds a BA degree in Psychology from Marian College, Indiana, a M.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services from University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in Psychoeducational Processes from Temple University.