Professor Emerita and Interim Dean,
Areas of interest and expertise:
Social gerontology, family caregiving for elderly persons, religiousness and aging, public opinion about social welfare policy, aging and public policy
Phone: (205) 348-3924
Park, N.S., Lee, B.S., Sun, F., Klemmack, D.L., Roff, L.L., & Koenig, H.G. Typologies of religiousness/spirituality: Implications for health and well-being. Journal of Religion and Health. Pre-published online July 19, 2011. DOI: 10.1007/s10943-011-9520-6.
Sun, F., Park, N. S., Roff, L. L., Klemmack, D. L., Parker, M. W., Koenig, H. G., Sawyer, P., & Allman, R. M. (2012). Predicting the trajectories of depressive symptoms among Southern, community-dwelling older adults: The role of religiousness. Aging and Mental Health, 16(2), 189-198.
Park, N.S., Zimmerman, S., Kinslow, K., Shin, H.J., & Roff, L.L. (2012). Social engagement in assisted living and implications for practice. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 31, 215-238.
McCaskill, G.M., Burgio, L.D., Decoster, J., & Roff, L.L. (2011). The use of Morycz’s Desire-to-Institutionalize Scale across three racial/ethnic groups. Journal of Aging and Health, 23(1), 195-202.
Park, N.S., Roff, L.L., Sun, F., Parker, M.W., Klemmack, D.L., Sawyer, P., & Allman, R.M. (2010) Transportation difficulty of Black and White rural older adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 2, 70-88.
Park, N.S., Jennings, L.K., Shin, H.J., Martin, S.S., & Roff, L.L. (2010). Religiousness and social integration in assisted living. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 22(4), 291-306.
Sun, F., Park, N.S., Klemmack, D.L., Roff, L.L., & Zhihong, L. (2009). Predictors of physical functioning trajectories among Chinese oldest old adults: Rural and urban differences. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 69, 181-199.
Roff, L.L., Simon, C.E., Nelson-Gardell, D., & Pleasants, H. M. (2009). Spiritual support and African American breast cancer survivors. Affilia, 24, 285-299.
Simon, C.E., Perry, A., & Roff, L.L. (2008). Psychosocial and career mentoring: Female African American social work education administrators’ experiences. Journal of Social Work Education, 44, 9-22.
Park, N.S., Klemmack, D.L., Roff, L.L., Parker, M.W., Koenig, H.G., Sawyer, P., & Allman, R.M. (2008). Religiousness and longitudinal trajectories in elders’ functional status and health. Research on Aging, 30, 279-298.
Allen, R.S., Phillips, L.L., Roff, L.L., Cavenaugh, R., & Day, L. (2008). Religiousness/spirituality and mental health among older male inmates. The Gerontologist, 48, 692-697.
Sun. F., Roff, L.L., Klemmack, D. & Burgio, L.D. (2008). The influences of gender and religiousness on Alzheimer disease caregivers’ use of informal support and formal services. Journal of Aging and Health, 20, 937-953.
Klemmack, D.L., Roff, L.L., Parker, M.W., Koenig, H.G., Sawyer-Baker, P & Allman, R.N. (2007). Religiousness among Southern older adults: A cluster analysis. Research on Aging, 29, 163-183.
Roff, L.L., Martin, S.S., Jennings, L.K., Parker, M.W. & Harmon, D.K. (2007). Long distance parental caregivers’ experiences with siblings: A qualitative study. Qualitative Social Work, 6, 315-334.
Roff, L.L., Durkin, D., Sun, F. & Klemmack, D.L. (2007). Widowhood, religiousness, and self-assessed well-being among older adults. Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging, 19, 43-59.
Roff, L.L., Butkeviciene, R., Simon, C. & Klemmack, D.L. (2006). Levels of death anxiety: A comparison of American and Lithuanian health and social service personnel. Death Studies, 30, 665-575.
Allen, R. S., Haley, W. E., Roff, L. L., Schmid, B., & Bergman, E. J. (2006). Responding to the needs of caregivers near the end of life. In Werth, J. L., Anderson, J. R., & Blevins, D. Attending to psychosocial issues near the end of life: A resource for professional care providers (pp. 183-201). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.
Roff, L.L., Klemmack, D.L., Parker, M.W., Simon, C., Cho, G.W., Koenig, H.G., Sawyer-Baker, P. & Allman, R.M. (2006). Functional limitations and religious service attendance among African American and white elders. Health and Social Work, 31, 246-255.
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