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Meet the Members of GATHER Lab

Principal Investigators

Dr. Cory Bolkan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development at Washington State University in Vancouver and is co-director of WSU’s GATHER Lab (Generating Aging & Translational Health Equity Research). Dr. Bolkan’s research is focused broadly on healthy aging, the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based health and social service programs for older adults, and the exploration of how family/social relationships are risk or protective factors for well-being in later life, especially in regards to elder abuse. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to adult development, gerontology, death and dying, and research methods, and is a faculty member in WSU’s interdisciplinary Prevention Science doctoral program.
Dr. Raven H. Weaver is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. And is co-director of WSU’s GATHER Lab (Generating Aging & Translational Health Equity Research). Dr. Weaver’s research centers around vulnerable and near-risk populations (e.g., low-income, rural-dwelling, insufficient care) and the adequacy of formal and informal long-term services and supports designed to promote health behaviors and deter adverse health outcomes in late life. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to adult development, gerontology, death and dying, and families in poverty and is a faculty member in WSU’s interdisciplinary Prevention Science doctoral program. Updated CV

Graduate Students

Autumn Decker, M.S.

 

 

Autumn is a graduate student with a B.S. in Exercise Science and Psychology from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan (2018), and an M.S. in Kinesiology from University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee (2020). Autumn also holds a certificate in Applied Gerontology from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Autumn is a Doctoral student in Prevention Science here at WSU where her research interests broadly include older adults living in rural areas, service use, health literacy, grief and coping, and intersections of public policy and health outcomes in older adults. Updated CV

Undergraduate Students

Olivia Davis

Olivia is a third year undergraduate student at Washington State University majoring in Human Development and a certificate in Gerontology. After graduation, Olivia plans to get a Master’s in social work. Olivia is interested in one day working as a licensed clinical social worker in Palliative Care or Hospice. She believes degrees in Human Development and social work will allow her to transition into this field of work nicely. Additionally, Olivia has always been interested in aging populations because they are an underserved population that can greatly benefit from younger people taking an interest in them and their well-being.

Fatima Zubedi

 

 

Fatima is a senior at Washington State University majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Chemistry for pre-medicine. Fatima first developed an interest in Gerontology after four years of volunteering in the Intensive Care Unit during her high school career. She wanted to understand why certain patients readily accepted their comings to end of life while others remained in denial. She then met with Dr. Weaver her freshman year of college, and began investigating perceptions, attitudes, and anxieties surrounding death and dying in young adults in the U.S population. As a future physician, she hopes to incorporate the findings of this study into her medical practices, promoting advanced care planning to alleviate death anxieties within patients.