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Letha A. Chadiha

Rose C. Gibson Collegiate Professor Emerita of Social Work

Letha A. Chadiha

Professor; Co-director, Community Liaison Core in the Michigan Center on Urban African American Aging Research

Letha Chadiha specializes in caregiving by African American women to older African Americans. Also specializing in research on recruitment and retention of ethnically diverse elders in research, she is co-editor for a more recent supplement of The Gerontologist (June 2011) focusing on the science of recruitment and retention among these elders. Chadiha is principal investigator on a NIH/NIGMS/NCMHD Bridges to the Doctorate research training grant (1-R25-GM-089637-05; 02/02/2010-08/31/2016) titled "U-M Social Work/Nursing Bridges to the Doctoral Program," the first of its kind to be awarded to a social work school. She was named the University of Michigan School of Social Work 2014 Distinguished Faculty.

Research Interests/Focus

African American aging, caregiving, recruitment and retention of ethnically diverse elders.

Contact Information

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Year Degree   School
1989 PhD Social Work and Anthropology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1985 MSW Social Work University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1970 MA Anthropology Washington State University, Pullman
1965 BS Sociology Tuskegee University (formerly Tuskegee Institute), Tuskegee, AL
Year Description
2020 2020 Career Achievement Award from the Association for Gerontology
2012 Elected Fellow, the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), New York, NY
2009 Visiting Scholar, School of Nursing, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Institute for Health & Aging, University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
2009 Elected Chair, Social Research Policy & Practice Section, The Gerontological Society of American
2008 The Gerontological Society of America, Task Force on Minority Issues in Gerontology Outstanding Mentorship Award
2007 Elected Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, Social Research, Practice, Policy Section.
2005-2008 Sigma Phi Omega (National Gerontology Academic Honor and Professional Society, Gamma Sigma Chapter, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)
2001 Distinguished Alumni for Outstanding and Dedicated Service, Class of 1961, Sumter County Training School, Livingston, AL
2000 Most Inspirational Teacher, Recognition of Excellence in Preparing the Next Generation for Academic Achievement and Leadership by Western Illinois University, Office of the President, Macomb, IL
2000 Certificate of Appreciation for 5.5 Years of Service on the Board of Directors as Vice President and Member, Redevelopment Opportunities for Women, St. Louis, MO
1999-2001 John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar (Co-sponsored with the Gerontological Society of America)
1989-1990 Postdoctoral Fellow, Research Training Program on Minority Poverty, the Underclass and Public Policy, Rockefeller Foundation and the University of Michigan, School of Social Work, Ann Arbor, MI
1989 King/Chavez/Parks Fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1983-1989 Rackham Minority Merit Fellow, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
1983-1984 Center for Education of Women Scholar, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

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