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Interprofessional Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology

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Program Faculty

Lenard W. Kaye, D.S.W., Ph.D
Professor, School of Social Work
Director, Center on Aging
University of Maine

A prolific writer in the field of health care and aging, Dr Kaye has published more than 130 journal articles and book chapters and 13 books on specialized topics in aging including home health care, productive aging, rural practice, family caregiving, controversial issues in aging, support groups for older women, and congregate housing. His most recent book is A Man’s Guide to Healthy Aging: Stay Smart, Strong, and Active, The Johns Hopkins University Press (2013). He served on the National Advisory Committee for Rural Health and Human Services of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service and currently serves on the advisory boards of a wide range of national and local health and human service programs serving older adults. He is a National Research Mentor for the Hartford Geriatric Social Work Scholars Program, a Research Scientist at Eastern Maine Medical Center, and Past President of both the Maine and New York State Gerontological Societies. He directs a series of John Hartford Foundation-funded gerontological social work education programs at the University of Maine. The past chair of the National Association of Social Worker’s Section on Aging, he sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Gerontological Social Work and Geriatric Care Management Journal, and is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.


Nancy Fishwick, Ph.D., RN., F.N.P
Director School of Nursing
Associate Professor of Nursing
University of Maine


Nancy Fishwick, PhD, RN, FNP, has served on the faculty of The University of Maine School of Nursing since 1993. She is a family nurse practitioner with teaching expertise in primary health care for adults, including issues of aging adults. Dr. Fishwick has over 30 years of experience in rural primary health care and in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault. Her research has explored women’s decisions to disclose or reveal abuse during health care visits. Dr. Fishwick serves on the Maine Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel and the Maine Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Advisory Panel. She maintains clinical practice as a family nurse practitioner with The Acadia Hospital and with St. Joseph Internal Medicine, both in Bangor, ME.

“I am pleased to contribute to this effort to help professionals like me: someone who was prepared as a generalist for a particular aspect of health care (primary health care through the lifespan) but who is now caring for older adults in a variety of settings, some of whom are in robust good health and others who are coping with chronic and acute health conditions. We cannot all be gerontologic specialists, but health and human service providers can acquire the essential knowledge and skills to work as collaborative interprofessional teams to meet the diverse needs of older adults.”


Ruth Lamden, MD
Adjunct Professor


Ruth Lamdan, MD, is a Geriatric and Consultation Psychiatrist who has practiced and worked with trainees at all levels of their education for the past 30 years.  She moved to Maine after working at Temple University where she directed the medical student programs in Psychiatry for the last decade.  Her academic work has focused on principles and practices of medical education and working with women with breast cancer and their adjustment to their illness.

Since her move to Maine she has been collaborating with colleagues at UMaine to develop the Interprofessional Graduate Certificate in Gerontology.  Her goal is to broaden practitioners’ perspective on the life cycle and to understand where older Americans fit into an increasingly complex and challenging culture. Dr. Lamdan developed and teaches GRN501, Life Transitions and Health in Aging.

Guest Faculty:

Jaime L. Boyington, MSW, LCSW
Coordinator, Community Care Team
Eastern Maine HomeCare
Bangor, ME

Director of Operations & Senior Service Quality
Eastern Maine Health System Continuum of Care
Bangor, ME


Jennifer Crittenden, MSW
Fiscal and Administrative Officer
UMaine Center on Aging
Bangor Me

Lelia DeAndrade, Ph.D
Director, Grantmaking Services
Maine Community Foundation
Ellsworth ME

Anne Donovan-Fortier, MS, MSW, LCSW
Geriatric Social Wroker
Penobscot Community Health Care
Bangor ME

William J. Kirkpatrick, LICSW
Program Director,  Alzheimer’s Association
Maine Chapter
Portland ME

Jessica L. Mauer, JD
Executive Director
Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Augusta ME

Rick Mooers, Past Director
Maine Adult Protective Services
Augusta ME

Clifford Singer, MD
Chief, Division of Geriatric Mental Health and Neuropsychiatry
The Acadia Hospital and Eastern Maine Medical Center
Bangor ME

Dyan Walsh, MSW
Director of Community Services
Eastern Area Agency on Aging
Bangor ME

David C. Wihry, MPA
Research Associate
UMaine Center on Aging
Bangor Me


Image Description: Lenard W. Kaye, D.S.W., Ph.D

Image Description: Nancy Fishwick, Ph.D, RN, FNP

Image Description: Ruth.Lamdan, MD

Image Description: Jaime L. Boyington, MSW, LCSW

Image Description: Amy Cotton MSN, G/FNP-BC, FAAN, FNGNA

Image Description: Jennifer Crittenden, MSW

Image Description: Lelia DeAndrade, Ph.D

Image Description: William J. Kirkpatrick, LICSW

Image Description: Jessica L. Mauer, JD

Image Description: Clifford Singer, MD

Image Description: Dyan Walsh, MSW

Image Description: David C. Wihry, MPA


Contact Information

Interprofessional Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology
School of Social Work and School of Nursing
Orono, Maine 04469
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System