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Leon and Josephine Winkelman Memorial Lecture

The Leon and Josephine Winkelman Memorial Lecture Series was established at the University of Michigan School of Social Work by the Winkelman brothers - Stanley J., John, Frederick R., and Henry R. - as a memorial to their parents.

The lecture series provides a forum for the presentation of new and emerging knowledge from the social sciences and the helping professions in the field of gerontology, and for the discussion of the application of such knowledge to the development of social policy, the organization and management of social welfare services, and the delivery of social work services.

2018 - The Use of Family to Understand Aging in African Americans

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Check-in
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Keynote Presentation & Panelist Response
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm: Reception

School of Social Work, Educational Conference Center

Event and CEU credits are complimentary. CEU’s are pending approval.

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Keynote Speaker: Dr. Keith Whitfield

Dr. Keith Whitfield, is the Provost and a Professor of Psychology at Wayne State University. He received his B.A. degree in Psychology from the College of Santa Fe and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in life span Developmental Psychology from Texas Tech University. He also completed post-doctoal work in quantitative genetics at the University of Colorado-Boulder. He has held positions at McNeese State University, Penn State University and Duke University.


Panelist Response

Berit Ingersoll-Dayton

Professor Berit Ingersoll-Dayton is interested in social support and clinical research with respect to families in later life. Within the area of social support, she focuses on positive and negative aspects of support, gender differences, issues of equity and reciprocity, and cross-cultural differences in marital and intergenerational relationships. In relation to clinical research, she has assessed various group interventions with the elderly, intergenerational family therapy approaches, and methods of assisting employed caregivers of the elderly.


Jamie Mitchell

Jamie Mitchell is an assistant professor of social work and co-director of the Gender and Health Research Lab at the University of Michigan. Her interdisciplinary research examines the mechanisms that patient-centered communication between older African American men and their physicians during the course of cancer and chronic disease care. She tests ways of intervening to increase family and health provider social support while examining how African American men navigate and express their psychosocial needs during medical visits. Currently, Mitchell is funded by the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, to investigate how African American men and their physicians accommodate each other’s communications styles during medical encounters, in addition to evaluating how active patient participation and family involvement influence the health communication dynamic.


Mary Runman

Mary Rumman is currently a social worker at Turner Geriatric Clinic at Michigan Medicines' Geriatrics Center. Previously, she worked as a nursing home social worker. Her work in the Geriatric Clinic includes psychosocial assessments, care coordination and education with patients and families. Her practice also includes individual psychotherapy, as well as group therapy in the fields of positive aging and clutter/hoarding. She currently leads a caregiver support group and teaches memory classes for older adults. She has been a frequent speaker on a variety of subjects including caregiving, memory, positive aging, and hoarding. In 2012, she was chosen as a recipient of the University of Michigan Health System Beverly Jean Howard Award for Excellence in Social Work. She is currently on the Social Work Diversity Committee and the Michigan Medicine Adult Ethics Committee.


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