- Associate Professor & Interim Chairperson
- Human Development and Family Science
- Phone: 401.874.4567
- Email: email@example.com
- Office Location: Transition Center, Rm 107
PLEASE NOTE: Dr. Leedahl will not be accepting new doctoral graduate students for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Dr. Leedahl is a faculty member with a joint appointment in the Departments of Human Development and Family Science & Political Science. She was hired as part of the Cluster Hire Initiative in Aging & Health. She has worked in nursing homes, for a U.S. Senator, at a community agency action agency, and as a research project coordinator for various stated-funded program evaluation and research projects. Dr. Leedahl was the recipient of the prestigious John A. Hartford Doctoral Fellowship in Geriatric Social Work, and she has received awards from the University of Rhode Island, the University of Kansas, and the Gerontological Society of America for her research. Dr. Leedahl currently teaches or has taught HDF 314 (Later Adulthood Growth & Development), HDF 440 (Healthy Living Environments for Older Adults), PSC/HDF 405 (Policy Issues in Health & Aging), PSC 505 (Public Program Evaluation), and HDF 130G (This is Us: Individual & Family Development).
Dr. Leedahl’s research is focused on improving quality of life & health for older adults at multiple levels. Her research fits within three themes: 1) intergenerational programming and its impacts on ageism, interest in working with older adults, and digital inclusion & social connectedness for older adults; 2) social integration and health for older adults; and 3) state and community-level policy initiatives. Much of Dr. Leedahl’s past and current research projects involve developing and evaluating public programs, interventions, and services for addressing social and health needs of older adults. She uses quantitative & qualitative methods in her research. For information about one of her recent interdisciplinary projects that combines her research, teaching and service efforts to bring together college students and older adults: Check out https://web.uri.edu/human-development/outreach-and-research/cyber-seniors/
- Ph.D., Social Work, University of Kansas, 2013
- M.A., Gerontology, University of Kansas, 2007
- B.A., Honors Program, University of North Dakota, 2005
*’s denote student authors
- Leedahl, S.N., Souza, K., Capolino, A., Brasher M., Pascuzzi, E.*, Azzinaro, C.*, Ellison, T.A.*, Estus, E., & Maigret, M. (2023). Improving technology use, digital competence, and access to community resources among older adult participants in the University of Rhode Island Cyber-Seniors digiAGE Pilot Study. Journal of Elder Policy, 2(3), 55-92. doi: 18278/jep.2.3.3
- LoBuono, D.L., Shea, K.S., Reed, M., Tovar, A., Leedahl, S.N., Xu, F., Mahler, L., Lofgren, I. (2023). The facilitators and barriers to digital health for managing nutrition in people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers: A formative, qualitative study. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 55(8), 553-563. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jneb.2023.05.252
- Leedahl, S.N., Brasher, M., Capolino, A., & Estus, E. (2023). Using a quasi-experimental study to examine program participation and outcomes for older adult intergenerational program participants. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships. https://doi.org/10.1080/15350770.2023.2209556
- Leedahl, S.N., Pascuzzi, E.*, McCurdy, K, & Porto, N. (2023). Beyond employment: Lower-income participants’ experiences in a healthcare training program for medical assistants, pharmacy technicians, and certified nursing assistants. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences & Practice, 21(3), Article 24, 1-13. https://nsuworks.nova.edu/ijahsp/vol21/iss3/24/
- Jarrott, S., Leedahl, S.N., Shovali, T.E., DeFries, C., DelPo, A., Estus, E., Hasche, L., Juris Naar, J., MacInnes, R., Schilz, M., Scirvano, R.M.*, Steward, A., Taylor, C., Walker, A., Gangji, C.* (2022). Intergenerational programming during the pandemic: Transformation during (constantly) changing times. Journal of Social Issues, 78(4), 1038-1065. https://doi.org/10.1111/josi.12530
- LoBuono, D.L., Shea, K.S., Tovar, A., Leedahl, S.N., Mahler, L., Xu, F., & Lofgren, I.E. (2022). Diet quality and nutrition concerns of people with Parkinson’s Disease and their informal caregivers: A mixed methods study. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology & Geriatrics, 41(1), 1-21. https://doi.org/10.1080/21551197.2021.2024478
- LoBuono, D.L., Shea, K.S., Tovar, A., Leedahl, S.N., Mahler, L., Xu, F., & Lofgren, I. (2021). Acceptance and perception of digital health for managing nutrition in people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers and their digital competence in the United States: A mixed-methods study. Health Science Reports, 4, 1-12. https://doi.org/10.1002/hsr2.412
- Leedahl, S.N.,Brasher, M., Wood, B.*, LoBuono, D.*, & Estus, E. (2020). Reducing ageism: Changes in students’ attitudes after participation in an intergenerational reverse mentoring program. Sustainability, 12(17), 6870. doi: 3390/su12176870
- LoBuono, D.L.*, Leedahl, S.N.,& Maiocco, E.* (2020). Teaching technology to older adults: Modalities used by student mentors and reasons for continued program participation. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 46(1), 14-20. doi: 3928/00989134-20191118-02
- LoBuono, D.L.*, Leedahl, S.N.,& Maiocco, E.* (2019). Older adults learning technology in an intergenerational program: Qualitative analysis of areas of technology requested for assistance. Gerontechnology, 18(2), 97-107. doi: 4017/gt.2019.18.2.004.00
- Clark, P.G., & Leedahl, S.N.(2019). Becoming and being an Age-Friendly University: Strategic considerations and practical implications. Journal of Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 40(2), 166-178. doi: 1080/02701960.2019.1579714
- Leedahl, S.N.,Brasher, M., Estus, E., Breck, B.M.*, Dennis, C.B., & Clark, S.C.* (2019). Implementing an interdisciplinary intergenerational program using the Cyber-Seniors ® reverse mentoring model. Journal of Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 41(1), 71-89. doi: 1080/02701960.2018.1428574
- Leedahl, S.N.,Sellon, A.*, & Chapin, R.K (2018). Assessment of multiple constructs of social integration for older adults living in nursing homes. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 61(5), 526-548. doi: 1080/01634372.2018.1451938
- Breck, B.*, Dennis, C., & Leedahl, S.N.(2018). Implementing reverse mentoring to address social isolation among older adults. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 61(5), 513-525. doi: 1080/01634372.2018.1448030
- Leedahl, S.N., Sellon, A.*, & Gallopyn, N.* (2017). Factors predicting civic engagement among older adult nursing home residents. Activities, Adaptation, & Aging, 41(3), 197-219. doi: 1080/01924788.2017.1310581
- Leedahl, S.N.,Chapin, R.K., & Little, T.D. (2015). Multilevel examination of facility characteristics, social integration, and health for older adults living in nursing homes. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Social Sciences, 70B(1), 111-122. doi: 1093/geronb/gbu112
- Chapin, R., Sergeant, J.F., Landry, S.T., Leedahl, S.N., Rachlin, R., Koenig, T.L., & Graham, A. (2013). Reclaiming Joy: Pilot evaluation of a mental health peer support program for Medicaid Waiver recipients. The Gerontologist, 53(2), 345-352. doi: 1093/geront/gns120
Selected Awards and Honors:
- Awarded Gerontological Society of America Fellow Status within the Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section. (2022). Considered the highest class of membership within the society.
- Awarded Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education Fellow Status (2022). Considered the highest class of membership within the society.
- URI Early Career Research and Scholarship Excellence Award in the Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities. (2017).
- URI College of Health Sciences Innovation Award for the URI Engaging Generations: Cyber-Seniors Program. (2017).
- Arthur Katz Award for Outstanding PhD in Social Work. (2013). University of Kansas.
- Hartford Doctoral Fellows Award in Geriatric Social Work, Cohort XI (2011-2013). John A. Hartford Foundation & the Gerontological Society of America.