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Nancy Morrow-Howell

Bettie Bofinger Brown Distinguished Professor of Social Policy
Director, Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Nancy Morrow-Howell

Phone: (314)935-6762


Research interests:

Productive and civic engagement in late life

Social engagement in later life


Nancy Morrow-Howell is a national leader in gerontology, widely known for her work on productive and civic engagement of older adults. Her research has contributed to understanding about programs, policies and institutional arrangements that maximize the productive engagement of older adults while promoting positive outcomes for the individuals themselves. Her work has received international attention as societies across the globe are responding to population aging.

At the Brown School, she teaches gerontology courses and coordinates the Older Adults and Aging Societies concentration in the Master of Social Work program. She also teaches an undergraduate class on longevity, called “When I’m 64.” As director of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging she promotes gerontological research and education across disciplines, schools and departments at Washington University.

Morrow-Howell is a fellow and current president of the Gerontological Society of America and past-vice president of the Association for Gerontological Education in Social Work (AGE-SW). She has been recognized with the Washington University Distinguished Faculty Award and Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award as well as the Brown School’s Outstanding Faculty Award. She has also been awarded the Career Achievement Award from AGE-SW and the Distinguished Career Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work and Research.

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