Health and Human Performance
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|certificate||Environmental System Research Inst||GIS Spatial Analysis||2019|
|PhD||Columbia University||Medical Anthropology||2008|
|BA||University of Massachusetts||Anthropology||1992|
With a background in anthropology, public policy, and medical education, I study aging and aging-in-place from cultural, political, and clinical perspectives. In medical education, I evaluate the impact of community-based geriatric training on the attitudes of primary-care physicians. Current research explores the impact of urban planning on older adults' health, function, quality-of-life, and risk of food-insecurity.
Areas of Expertise
- Program evaluation and research in educational outcomes.
Health and functional assessment with community-dwelling older adults.
Aging-in-place and translational research in public policy.
Policy research on older adults, food access/insecurity, and Social Security.
Articles in Field Of Expertise
Costley, Alex, W. "Food Insecurity in Older Adults: A Growing Problem Will Require National and Local Solutions." International Journal of Geriatrics & Gerontology. 4 2019: IN PRESS.
Costley, Alex, W. "Exploring the Social and Demographic Contexts of Food Insecurity among Older Adults in the United States." J Aging and Geriatric Medicine,. 1 2017: 4.
Costley, A. W. and Maurer, M. S.. "Timing Does Matter: Evaluating the Impact of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments on Knowledge and Attitudes in Year One of Residency." J American Geriatrics Society. 62 (12) 2014: 2446-2448.
Costley, Alex, W. "A Turning Point in Functional Assessment: From a Medical View to a Social View of Difficulty with Daily Activities." International Journal of Aging and Society. 2 (2) 2013: 83-91.
Costley, Alex, W. "Rethinking the Assessment of Daily Difficulties: From Functional Bodies to Functional Communities." Anthropology & Aging Quarterly. 33 (4) 2012: 158-165.
MS Maurer, AW. Costley, PA Miller, S McCabe, et al. "The Columbia Cooperative Aging Program, CCAP: An Interdisciplinary and Interdepartmental Approach to Geriatric Education for Medical Interns." J American Geriatrics Society. 54 (3) 2006: 520-526.
S DasGupta, D Meyer, A Calero-Breckheimer, AW Costley. "Teaching Cultural Competency through Narrative Medicine." Teaching and Learning in Medicine. 18 (1) 2006: 14-17.
Refereed Proceedings in Field Of Expertise
Costley A.W; Collier B; Demarinis L. Susseran S. "Aging and the Social Context of Food Insecurity in an Urban Minority Neighborhood." Journal Innovation in Aging. 1 (Suppl 1) 2017: 1201.
Costley, Alex, W. "Assessing Variations in the Perception of Age-Friendly Features in an Urban Community." Gerontologist. 53 (Supp 1) 2013: S294.
Costley, Alex. "Social Factors Affecting the Perception of Age-Friendly Features in an Urban Minority Community." Gerontologist. 52 (supp 1) 2012: S542.
Costley, Alex, W (2011). "In the Path of Progress: The Impact of Zoning Policy on Aging-in-Place and Age-Friendly Planning." Gerontologist. 51 (supp 2) 2011: S456.
Costley, Alex W (2010). "The Impact of Urban Planning on Aging-in-Place: The Attitudes of Minority Elders in New York City." Gerontologist. 50 (supp 1) 2010: S359.
Costley, Alex W (2009). "The Measure of Daily Life: Problems with Disability Criteria and Home Care Policy for Older Adults." Gerontologist. 49 (supp 2) 2009: S223.
Costley, Alex W (2009). "The Measure and Meaning of Daily Life: Using Mixed Methods to Explore Disability among Older Adults in New York City." J Nutrition, Health, and Aging. 13 (S1) 2009: S349.
Costley, Alex W (2008). "Family Is Not Enough: The Limits and Preferences for Daily Care among Older Adults in an Urban Neighborhood." Gerontologist. 48 (special issue 3) 2008: S742.
Costley, AW; M Maurer, S McCabe, S Dubin, K Page, A Cook (2006). "Assessing Geriatric Competencies Early in Residency: Exploring the Impact of Geriatric Clerkships in Medical School." Gerontologist. 46 (special issue 1) 2006: S526.
Costley, AW; M Maurer, S McCabe, S Dubin, P Miller, K Page, G Ridge (2005). "Can Earlier Exposure to Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments (CGAs) Accelerate Interns’ Development of Geriatric Assessment Competencies?." Gerontologist. 45 (special issue 2) 2005: S404.
Costley, AW; M Maurer, S Dubin, K Page, G Ridge, S McCabe (2004). "Assessing Well Elders in the Columbia Cooperative Aging Program (CCAP): The Impact of Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments (CGAs) on Medical Residents’ Attitudes and Knowledge of Older Adult Patients." J American Geriatrics Society. 52 (S1) 2004: S136.
Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances
" KEYNOTE SPEAKER, Aging and Food Insecurity: Older Adults and Reduced Access to Food in Challenging Environments " July 30-31, 2018: 8th International Conference on Geriatrics Gerontology & Palliative Nursing, Barcelona, Spain.
" Aging in a Food Desert: Differences in Access to Food among Older and Younger Adults " November 14-18, 2018: Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, MA.
" Age-Based Differences in Access to Food in an Urban Minority Neighborhood " November 14-18, 2018: Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Boston, MA.
" Aging and the Social Context of Food Insecurity in an Urban Minority Neighborhood " July 23-27, 2017: 21st International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) World Congress, San Francisco, CA.
" Older Adults, Aging in Place, and Housing Challenges in New York City. " November 5-9, 2014: Gerontological Society of America.
" Age-Friendly Perspectives on Urban Development and Environmental Impact " March 11-13, 2014: American Society on Aging.
" Assessing Variations in the Perception of Age-Friendly Features in an Urban Community " November 20-24, 2013: Gerontological Society of America.
" Looking at the Environmental and Social Impact of Urban Development from an Age-Friendly Perspective. " September 9-11, 2013: World Health Organization, 2nd International Age-Friendly Cities Symposium, Quebec City, Canada.
" The Impact of Zoning Policies on “Age-Friendly” Planning and Attitudes toward Aging-in-Place " March 29, 2012: American Society on Aging.
" In the Path of Progress: The Impact of Zoning Policy on Aging-in-Place and Age-Friendly Planning " November 21, 2011: Gerontological Society of America.
" Urban Renewal and Aging-in-Place: The Impact of Zoning Policies on Age-Friendly Planning " October 30, 2011: American Public Health Association.
" A College-Community Partnership to Assess the Social Needs of Minority Seniors in New York City " April 26-30, 2011: American Society on Aging, San Francisco, CA.
" The York College Wellness Expo: A Service-Learning Project for Nutritional Education and Physical Activity in Elementary School Students " April 14-15, 2011: New York Academy of Medicine, New York, NY.
" Can I Grow Old Here? Urban Renewal and Aging in NYC " February 17, 2011: Provost Lecture Series: York College-CUNY, New York.
" The Impact of Urban Planning on Aging-in-Place: The Attitudes of Minority Elders in New York City " November 19-23, 2010: Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA.
" Exploring the Impact of Urban Rezoning Policy on Attitudes toward Aging in Place " November 6-10, 2010: American Public Health Association, Denver, CO.
" I Can Manage: Rethinking Disability in Later Life from Social and Cultural Perspectives " March 15-19, 2010: American Society on Aging, Chicago, IL.
" The Measure of Daily Life: Problems with Disability Criteria and Home Care Policy for Older Adults " November 18-22, 2009: Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta , GA.
" Rethinking Functional Disability among Community-dwelling Older Adults: Implications for Families, Caregivers, and Home-care Policy " November 7-11, 2009: American Public Health Association, Philadelphia, PA.
" The Measure and Meaning of Daily Life: Using Mixed Methods to Explore Disability among Older Adults in New York City " July 5-9, 2009: International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Paris, FR.
" Family Is Not Enough: The Limits and Preferences for Daily Care among Older Adults in an Urban Neighborhood " November 21-25, 2008: Gerontological Society of America, National Harbor, MD.
" I Can Manage: The Measure and the Meaning of Daily Life among the Urban Elderly " March 25-29, 2008: Society for Medical Anthropology, Memphis, TN.
" Subjective Accounts in Functional Measures among Community-dwelling Urban Elders in New York City " November 16-20, 2007: Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, CA.
" Working with Well-Elders: Using Geriatric Evaluations to Promote Clinical Reasoning Skills in Medical Interns " March 1-4, 2007: Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Portland, OR.
" Assessing Geriatric Competencies Early in Residency: Exploring the Impact of Geriatric Clerkships in Medical School " November 16-20, 2006: Gerontological Society of America, Dallas, TX.
" Increasing Medical Interns’ Confidence with Geriatric Assessment Skills through Earlier Exposure to Well-Elder Evaluations " March 3-4, 2006: American Association of Medical Colleges, Philadelphia, PA.
" Can Earlier Exposure to Interdisciplinary Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments (CGAs) Accelerate Interns’ Development of Geriatric Assessment Competencies? " November 18-22, 2005: Gerontological Society of America, Orlando, FL.
" Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments: Their Impact on Medicine Interns’ Attitudes and Knowledge of Older Adults " June 25-30, 2005: International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Rio de Janeiro, BR.
Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships
Fellow, RAND Institute, Summer Institute in Aging Biology and Demography: 2019.
Fellow, Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA): 2010-present.
Fellowship: Public Policy and Aging, Summer Workshop, Syracuse University: 2012.
Research Award, American Association Medical Colleges: 2005.
Graduate Fellowship, Public Policy Consortium: School for International and Public Affairs, Columbia University: 1997.
PSC-CUNY 51 (pending), Impact of Family Caregiver Experience on the Development of Geriatric Assessment Skills. June 2020 to June 2021: $5,780.
PSC CUNY 45, Walk With Me: Assessing Functional Mobility and Use of Public Space. July to December 2014: $3,495.
NYS Workforce Development Initiative, Professional Skills for Care Planning in Aging Services. August 2013 to June 2014: $15,000.
CUNY Health and Human Services, Geriatric Assessment: Interdisciplinray Curriculum and Faculty Development. December 2013 to July 2014: $9,000.
Auxiliary Fund, York College, Careers in Aging: The Continuum of Care. December 2012: $1,200.
PSC-CUNY 40, Aging at the Crossroads: Aging in Place in Jamaica.. July to December 2010: $1,500.
Arnold P. Gold Foundation, CCAP Geriatric Residency Education. June 2007 to July 2008: $40,000.
Dreyfus Foundation, Columbia Cooperative Aging Program. July 2005 to June 2007: $10,000.
Offices Held In Professional Societies
Society for Applied Anthropology, Fellow: 2011-present.
Board of Directors, National Association for Practice of Anthropology (NAPA): 2002-2004.
Other Professional Activities and Public Service
Routledge/Taylor Francis, Editorial Review Textbooks: 2019.
Oxford University Press, Editorial Gerontology Textbook: 2018.
Journal of Aging and Social Policy, Editorial Review: 2017.
Associate Editor, International J Aging & Society, Volume 3: 2012-2013.
Livable Communities Coalition, AARP and American Society on Aging: 2012-2013.
American Public Health Association, Abstract Reviewer: 2011, 2012, 2013.
Gerontological Society of America, Abstract Reviewer: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.