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Dr. David Haber NTT Assistant Professor of Gerontology

Office: Todd 333
Phone: (503) 831-4202
Fax: (503)838-8618
E-mail address: haberd@wou.edu


1976  Ph.D. Sociology, Andrus Gerontology Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles       

1967  B.A. Psychology, University of Cincinnati, Ohio

Professional Experience

2011 - present

NTT Assistant Professor, Western Oregon University

2001- 2011

John and Janice Fisher Distinguished Professor of Wellness and Gerontology

Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology

Ball State University, Muncie, IN

1991 - 2001

Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Gerontology   

School of Allied Health Sciences

The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX


Director, Creighton Center for Healthy Aging,

Associate Professor, Department of Family Practice

School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska


Associate Professor/Program Coordinator,

Institute of Gerontology, University of District of Columbia, Washington, D.C.


Assistant Professor, Gerontology Department,

University of South Florida, Tampa

1972 - 1976

Lecturer in the Summer Institute, Andrus Gerontology Center, Bachelor and  

Master's Degree Program, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of

Southern California, Los Angeles

Lecturer, Sociology Department, California State University, Long Beach and Los Angeles campuses


Old Age Social Service Worker, Metropolitan Los Angeles


Teacher Corps, Lincoln Heights, Ohio

Courses Taught

Seminar: Life Review

Adulthood & Aging

Advanced Geropsychology

Sociology of Aging

Social Gerontology

Health and Aging

Changing Health Behaviors

Guided Life Review

Review Activities

I regularly review grant proposals, journal manuscripts, book proposals, and conference abstracts.  I am on three editorial advisory boards: Family and Community Health, Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, and Journal of Applied Gerontology.  I average one book review a year.


Long-Term Care Ombudsman program

Fitness Specialist for the Older Adult and Exercise with Special Populations (medically

compromised or physically limited)

The Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research

Dallas Certified Weight Trainer, Expert Level

National Association for Fitness Certification

Certified PACE Instructor (People with Arthritis Can Exercise), Arthritis Foundation

Basic Life Support, American Heart Association


January, 2005.  American Journal of Nursing 2004 Book of the Year Awards.  Health Promotion and Aging (3rd edition) was the only book recognized in multiple categories: Community & Public Health and Gerontologic Nursing. American Journal of Nursing, 105, 1, pp. 79-89.

March, 2001. Comprehensive Health Assessment and Intervention program. Selected for Best Practices in Health Promotion and Aging, Health Promotion Institute, NCOA, Washington, D.C.

March, 2000.  Distinguished Teacher Award, Association of Gerontology in Higher Education, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

April, 1999.  Recipient of the Molly Mettler Health Promotion and Aging Award, National Council on the Aging, San Diego, CA.

January, 1999.  Exercise and Health Education program. Selected for Best Practices in Health Promotion and Aging, Health Promotion Institute, NCOA, Washington, D.C.

1995.  Profiles in Gerontology: A Biographical Dictionary, Achenbaum, A. & Albert, D.

Westport: Greenwood Press. Biography of David Haber on pp. 149-150. This book "...identifies the individuals who will chart the field's future (p. vii)."

1986.  Fellow in Gerontological Society of America, Washington, D.C.


Unless otherwise noted, David Haber was author of proposal and PI or Project Director


Evaluating Health Education Materials for Physicians

Ball State University Faculty Research Program


Train-the-Trainer Exercise program at Religious Institutions

Permanent Endowment Fund, Moody Methodist Church


Launching and Evaluating a Wellness Program at Edgewater Retirement Community  (18-month contract with Edgewater Retirement Community)


Survey of African-American Churches in Galveston County

UTMB Center on Aging


Health Risk Appraisal Program and Health Education Program with High Risk Employees

The University of Texas Medical Branch (funded two graduate assistants)


Geriatric Health Promotion: Occupational and Physical Therapy

Health Resources and Services Administration. Bureau of Health Professions


Community-Oriented Primary Care

The Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education


Leadership Training Program with Older Adults at a Senior Center

UTMB's Center on Aging. (Project Co-Director)


Physician Referral of Older Adults to a Geriatric Health Promotion Program

American Association of Retired Persons' Andrus Foundation


Geriatric Self-Help Center

Administration on Aging Model Project and Demonstration

1987-1990 Creighton Regional Geriatric Education Center

Health Resources and Services Administration

Bureau of Health Professions.  (Proposal Co-Author and Project Co-Director)


Elder Care Program

Health Future Foundation


Worksite Wellness Survey

Health Future Foundation


Interfaith Caregivers Dissemination Program Administration on Aging Model Project  (Project remained with UDC from January 1, 1987 through April 1, 1988)


Interfaith Volunteers Caregivers Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Fiscal Agent: Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington (Proposal Co-Author and Project Co-Director)


Health Promotion Program with 400 Residents in 10 Nursing Homes

American Association of Retired Persons' Andrus Foundation


Volunteer Training in Gerontology

Administration on Aging Career Preparation (Proposal Co-Author and Program Coordinator)


Preventive Health Care with Low-Income, Older Blacks

American Association of Retired Persons' Andrus foundation


Church-Based Programs to Help the Frail Elderly

Administration on Aging Model Projects and Demonstration


Yoga and Relaxation with Low-Income Blacks, Whites and Hispanic Elders

Administration on Aging Title IV-B Research

Selected Publications

Haber, D.  (2013). Health Promotion and Aging: Practical Applications for Health Professionals, 6th ed. NY: Springer Publishing Co.

Haber, D.  (2013). Health Promotion/Disease Prevention and Aging, Chapter 12, (page numbers to be determined) K. Mauk (Ed.) - Geronological Nursing, Boston: Jones & Bartlett

Haber, D.  (2011). Jewish Aging: Models of Religious and Spiritual Support for Older Adults.  Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging., 23, 304 - 317.

Haber, D.  (2011).  Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Chapter 14 in Case Based Geriatrics (177-194), Hirth, V., Wieland, D., & Dever-Bumba, M. (Eds.). NY: McGraw-Hill.

Haber, D. (2010).  Health Promotion and Aging: Practical Applications for Health Professionals. 5th ed., 637 pages, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Haber, D.  (2009). Gay aging. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, October, 30, 267-280.

Haber, D. (2009). Gerontology: Adding an empowerment paradigm. Journal of Applied Gerontology.  28, 283-297.

Haber, D. (2009).  A response to Neufeld, Kane, and Whittington. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 28, 314-319.

Haber, D. (2009). Promoting Healthy Aging. In K. Mauk (Ed.) Gerontological Nursing (Chapter 11, pp. 328-352). Boston: Jones & Bartlett Publishers.

Haber, D. (2008).  Guided life reviews by students with older adults in an assisted living facility.  Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts, 2, 113-125.

Haber, D. (2008). Using today’s headlines for teaching gerontology.  Educational Gerontology, 34, 6, 477-488.

Haber, D. (2007). Health contract in the classroom.  Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 27, 41-54.

Haber, D.  (2007).  Health promotion and disease prevention, pp. 265-269.  In K. Markides (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Health and Aging.  Thousand Oaks, California: Sage Publications.

Haber, D. (2007).  Health Promotion and Aging: Practical Applications for Health Professionals, 4th ed., (572 pages), NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Haber, D. (2006).  Life review: Implementation, theory, research, and therapy. International Journal of Aging & Human Development, 63, 153-171.

Haber, D. (2005).  Cultural diversity among older adults: Addressing health education.  Educational Gerontology: An International Journal, 31, 683-697.

Haber, D. (2005).  Medicare prevention update.  Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 17, 1-5.

Haber, D. & Rhodes, D. (2004). Health contract with sedentary older adults. The Gerontologist, 44, 827-835.

Haber, D.  (2004). Serving older adults with health promotion. American Journal of Health Promotion, 18, 1-5.

Haber, D. (2004). Health and Aging.  In AGHE brief bibliography: A selected annotated bibliography for gerontology instruction {CD-Rom} Washington, DC: Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Haber, D. (2003). Health Promotion and Aging: Practical Applications for Health Professionals. NY: Springer Publishing. Third edition (483 pages).

Haber, D.  (2003). The gerontology program practicum: Evaluation of selected components. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education. 23, 51-63.

Haber, D. & Looney, C. (2003). Health promotion directory: Development, distribution and utilization. Health Promotion Practice. 4, 72-77.

Haber, D. (2002).  Wellness General of the United States: A creative approach to promote family and community health. Family and Community Health, 25, 71-82.

Haber, D.  (2002). Health promotion and aging: Educational and clinical initiatives by the Federal Government. Educational Gerontology: An International Journal, 28, 253-262.

Haber, D. (2001).  Medicare prevention: Movement toward research-based policy, Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 13, 1-14.

Looney, C. & Haber, D.  (2001).  Interest in hosting an exercise program for older adults at African-American churches. Journal of Religious Gerontology, 13, 19-29.

Haber, D.  (2001).  Promoting readiness to change behavior through health assessments, Clinical Gerontologist, 23, 152-158.

Haber, D. & Looney, C.  (2000). Health contract calendars: A tool for health professionals with older adults, The Gerontologist, 40, 235-239.

Haber, D., et. al.  (2000).  Impact of a health promotion course on inactive, overweight, or physically limited older adults. Family and Community Health, 22, 48-56.

Chiriboga, D., Ottenbacher, K, & Haber, D.  (1999). Disabilities and the older adult: Policy implications. Behavioral Medicine, 24, 171-180.

Haber, D.  (1999).  Minority access to hospice. The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, 16, 386-390.

Haber, D.  (1999).  Health Promotion and Aging: Implications for the Health Professions, 2nd. ed., N.Y: Springer Publishing Co.

Haber, D.  (1999).  Galveston Health Promotion Directory. Galveston: UTMB Publications.

Thompson, R., Haber, D., et al. (1998). Orientation to community in a family medicine residency program, Family Medicine, 30, 22-26.

Haber, D., et al. (1997).  Impact of a geriatric health promotion elective on occupational and physical therapy students, Gerontology and Geriatrics Education. 18, 65-76.

Williams, A. & Haber, D. (1996). Altruistic activity: Does it make a difference in the senior center?, Activities, Adaptation and Aging, 22, 17-24.

Haber, D. (1996).  Strategies to promote the health of older persons: An alternative to readiness stages,  Family and Community Health, 19, 1-10.

Thompson, R., Haber, D., et al. (1996). COPC in a family medicine residency program. Family Medicine, 28, 326-330.

Haber, D. (1996).  Community-oriented primary care: Applying the model to a senior center. Family and Community Health, 18, 33-39.

Grasso, P. & Haber, D. (1995). A leadership training program at a senior center, Activities, Adaptation and Aging. 20, 13- 24.

Haber, D. (1994). Health Promotion and Aging, 1st ed. N.Y: Springer Publishing Company.

Haber, D. (1994). Personal habits in the prevention of health hazards, pp. 263-278, in A. Monk (Ed.), The Columbia Retirement Handbook, N.Y: Columbia University Press.

Haber, D. (1993). Health contracts with older adults: A clinical comment, Clinical Gerontologist, 14, 44-49.

Haber, D. & Lacy, M. (1993). An evaluation of a socio-behavioral health promotion intervention with older adults, Behavior, Health, and Aging, 3, 73-85.

Haber, D.  (1993). Guide to clinical preventive services: A challenge to physician resourcefulness, Clinical Gerontologist, 12, 17-29.

Haber, D. (1993). Chronic illness, aging, and health promotion, Illness, Crises and Loss, 2, 2-5.

Haber, D. (l992). An obstacle to physicians recommending medical screenings to older adults, Academic Medicine, 67, 107.

Haber, D. (1992). Self-help groups and aging, pp. 295-298, in A. Katz (Ed.), et. al., Self-Help: Concepts and Applications, Philadelphia: The Charles Press.

Haber, D. (1992).  Geriatric Empowerment. Thirty-page booklet published by the Texas Consortium of Geriatric Education Centers, Galveston, Texas.

Haber, D.  (l99l).  Good Health Contract. Booklet published by the AARP Andrus Foundation, Washington, D. C.

Haber, D.  (1990).  Religious Institutions and Self-Help Groups; Hospitals and Self-Help Groups; Professional Involvement and Self-Help Groups;  Self-Help Groups and the Aging Network; and the "Graying of America" and Your Business. Five booklets published through funding by the Administration on Aging, DHHS, Washington, D.C.

Haber, D. (l990).  Nebraska Geriatric Self-Help Directory, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. A directory financed by the Administration on Aging, Washington, D.C.

Haber, D. (l989).  Caregiver Resource Guide, Creighton University. A directory financed by Health Future Foundation, Omaha, Nebraska.

Haber, D.  (1989).  Health Care for an Aging Society:  Cost-Conscious Community Care and Self-Care Approaches.  Hemisphere Publishing Corp./Taylor and Francis, New York.

Haber, D.  (1988).  A health promotion program in ten nursing homes.  Activities, Adaptation, and Aging, 11, 75-84.

Haber, D.  (1987).  The Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers Program. Journal of Religion & Aging,  3, 151-156.

Haber, D. & Wicht, J.  (1987).  Worksite wellness and aging. Journal of Individual, Family, and Community Wellness, 4, 31-34.

Haber, D. (l987).  Yoga as a preventive health care program for white and black elders:  An exploratory study, in Annual Editions:  Aging, 5th ed., pp. l25-l29, Connecticut:  The Dushkin Publishing Group, Inc.

Haber, D.  (1986).  In-home and community-based long-term care services:  A review of recent AOA projects involving self- determination.  Journal of Applied Gerontology.  5, 37-50.

Haber, D.  (1986).  Incorporating nursing home field projects into the undergraduate curriculum.  The Journal of Long Term Care Administration, 14, 23-25.

Haber, D.  (1986).  Health promotion to reduce blood pressure level among older blacks.  The Gerontologist, 26, 118-121.

Haber, D.  (1985).  In-Home and Community-Based Long Term Care Services: A Synthesis of OHDS/DHHS Research and Demonstration Projects.  A monograph prepared for National Association of State Units on Aging, circulated by Office of Policy Development, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.

Haber, D.  (1985).  Strengthening Family Bonds: Research Demonstration Update. A monograph prepared for the Office of Program Development, Office of Human Development Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.

Haber, D.  (1984).  Primary Caregivers and Support Systems: Research Demonstration Update.  A monograph prepared for the Office of Program Development, Office of Human Development Services, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C.

Haber, D.  (1984).  Church-based programs for black caregivers of non-institutionalized elders, pp. 43-55 in R. Dobrof (Ed.), Gerontological Social Work in Home Health Care.  New York: The Haworth Press.

Haber, D.  (1984).  Mutual help groups for caregivers of non-institutionalized elders.  Journal of Religion and Aging, 1, 63-69.

Haber, D.  (1984).  Church-based programs for caregivers of non-institutionalized elders.  Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 7, 43-55.

Haber, D.  (1983).  Promoting mutual help groups among older persons.  The Gerontologist, 23, 251-253.

Haber. D.  (1983).  Yoga as a preventive health care program.  The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 17, 169-176.

Haber, D.  (1982).  New directions for education and training in gerontology.  Educational Gerontology:  An International Bi-Monthly, 8, 251-257.

Haber, D.  (1982).  A Personal perspective on middle age. Perspective on Aging.  National Council on the Aging, Inc., 11, 21.

Haber, D. & George, J. (l98l-82). A preventive health care program with Hispanic elders, The Journal of Minority Aging, 6, l-11.

Haber, D., et. al. (l98l). Attitudes on death in the nursing home, Death Education, 5, 25-28.

Haber, D.  (l98l).  Preventive health care with elders:  Blacks and whites.  Quarterly Contact, 4, 2.

Haber, D. (l979). Old age in China, Aging, 7-10.

Haber, D.  (1979).  Allocating Resources for the Aged: Strategies for State Leaders, National Association of State Units on Aging, Washington, D.C., December.

Haber, D. (l978-79). The broadening of perspectives over the career course: An exploratory study, The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 9, 305-3l2.

Bengtson, V. & Haber, D. (l976). Social Forces and Aging Individuals, pp. 520-530, In Nursing and the Aged, Burnside, I. (Ed.,), NY: McGraw-Hill.

Bengtson, V. & Haber, D. (l976). Sociological Approaches to Aging, pp 70-91, in Aging: Scientific Perspectives and Social Issues, lst ed., D. Woodruff &.Birren, J, NY: Van Nostrand.


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