Valentine M. Villa
Associate Director of Education, Applied Gerontology Institute, Professor of Social Work; Ph.D., USC
Contact: (323) 343-4724
Dr. Villa was the first person in the nation to receive a Ph.D. in Gerontology in 1993. One focus of Dr. Villa’s research is assessing the effects that public policies have on the health and economic status of the elderly population. Her work in this area has examined the effects that aging policy developments, i.e., medicare reform, privatizing Social Security, and changes in existing welfare policy, have on minority and low income populations. Her other research focus is in minority aging and health disparities across minority elderly populations. She coauthored an article, “The Aging Hispanic Population: Prescriptions for Health and Economic Security in Old Age,” in the 20th anniversary issue of the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, vol. 18, 2005-2006. Referred to as an expert on aging, she was quoted in “Elderly, Isolated Are Heat’s Quiet Victims,” Los Angeles Times, July 29, 2006, and “Q&A: Physical and Psychological Factors Can Cause Deaths,” L.A.Times, July 30, 2006.