Full-Time Faculty

Michelle Putnam, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Research

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Education

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
M.G.S., Miami University, Oxford, OH
B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Scholarly and Practice Interests

Aging, disability, the experience of aging with disabilities and public policies.


Selected Publications

Putnam, M. (2011). Perceptions of difference between aging and disability service systems consumers: Implications for policy initiatives to rebalance long-term care. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 54(3), 325-342.

Lombe, M., Huang, J., Putnam, M., & Cooney, K. (2010). Exploring saving performance in an IDA program: Findings for people with disabilities. Social Work Research, 34(2), 83-93.

Putnam, M., Pickard, J., Rodriguez, C., & Shear, E. (2010). Stakeholder perspectives on policies to support caregivers of older adults with dementia. Journal of Family Social Work, 13, 173-190.

Putnam, M., & Tang, F. (2008). Long-term care planning and preparation among persons with multiple sclerosis. Home Health Care Services Quarterly, 27(2), 143-165.

Putnam, M. (2008). Long-term care policy as an investment in baby boomers and future generations. In R. Hudson (Ed.), Boomer Bust? (pp. 227-240). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishing Company.

Lombe, M., Putnam, M., & Huang, J. (2008). Exploring effects of institutional characteristics on saving outcome: The case of the cash and counseling program. Journal of Policy Practice, 7(4), 260-278.

Putnam, M., Sherraden, M., Zhang, L., & Morrow-Howell, N. (2008). Age differences in IDA savings outcomes: Findings from the American Dream Demonstration. Journal of Social Policy & Aging, 20(1), 45-63.


Selected Presentations

Putnam, M. (2012, January). Mixed measures: Distinguishing disability from aging in social science research on successful aging. Presented at the Society for Social Work Research meetings, Washington, D.C.

Putnam, M. (2011, November). Rationales for aligning theory, measures and distinguishing aging with disability populations. Presented at the Gerontology Society of American meetings, Boston, MA.

Putnam, M. (2011, June). Aging and disability bridging experiments in the United States: Progress and challenges. Key Note Presentation at the Growing Older with a Disability meeting at the Festival for International Conferences on Care-giving, Disability, Aging and Technology, Toronto, Canada.

Putnam, M. (2011, June). Theory, measurement and moving research on aging with disability forward. Presented at the Growing Older with a Disability meeting at the Festival for International Conferences on Care-giving, Disability, Aging and Technology, Toronto, Canada.

Lightfoot, E., Bricout, J., Cramer, E., Parish, S., Plummer, S., Putnam, M., & Slayter, E. (2011, January). Methodological, logistical and ethical issues in research related to people with disabilities. Presented for Society Social Work Research meetings, Tampa, FL.

Putnam, M., Morrow-Howell, N., Inoue, M., & Greenfield, J. (2011, January). Variance in activity measures across public aging survey instruments: Content analysis findings. Presented at the Society for Social Work Research meetings, Tampa, FL.

Inoue, M., Greenfield, J., Putnam, M., & Morrow-Howell, N. (2010, November). Consolidating activity items into activity domains and engagement patterns. Presented at the Gerontology Society of America meetings, New Orleans, LA.

Inoue, M., Greenfield, J., Putnam, M., & Morrow-Howell, N. (2010, November). Variance in activity measures across public use aging survey instruments: Content analysis findings. Presented at the Gerontology Society of America meetings, New Orleans, LA.

Putnam, M. (2010, April). Understanding aging with disability: Implications for scholarship & practice. Presented at Colombia University's Seminar Series on Aging & Health, New York, NY.

Cooney, K., Huang, J., Lombe, M., & Putnam, M. (2010, January). Saving performance in an IDA for participants with disabilities: Do institutional characteristics matter? Presented for the Social Work Research meetings, San Francisco, CA.

Putnam, M., & Tang, F. (2009, November). Aging with multiple sclerosis, household finances, and consideration of long term care service use. Presented at Gerontology Society of America meetings, Atlanta, GA.

Campbell M., & Putnam, M. (2009, November). Bridging the aging and disability nexus: Demographic, conceptual and policy perspectives. Presented at the Gerontology Society of America meetings, Atlanta, GA.

Inoue, M., Greenfield, J., Putnam, M., & Morrow-Howell, N. (2009, November). Content analysis applied to public use aging survey instruments to assess activity measures. Presented at the Gerontology Society of America meetings, Atlanta, GA.

Putnam, M. (2009, March). Crossing network lines between aging and disabilities. Presented at the 1st International Conference on Bridging Knowledge in Long Term Care and Support: Crossing Boundaries between Aging and Disability, Barcelona, Spain.

Putnam, M. (2009, March). Local, regional and national experiences on bridging: U.S. perspectives. Presented at the 1st Conference on Bridging Knowledge in Long Term Care and Support: Crossing Boundaries between Aging and Disability, Barcelona, Spain.

Putnam, M. (2008, November). Long-term care as investment policy: Widening the lens of social work in aging. Presented at CSWE Gero-ED Track Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.


Selected Grant Activity

(July 2011 - July 2013) Principal Investigator, Advancing Conceptual And Analytic Approaches To The Study Of Activities And Aging. Multiple PI with Nancy Morrow-Howell, Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis. Funded by the National Institute on Aging.

(October 2011 — June 2011) Principal Investigator, Aging Service Study: Building Capacity to Serve People with Developmental Disabilities in St. Louis County. Funded by the Productive Living Board of St. Louis County, Missouri.

(January 2011 — August 2012) Co-Principal Investigator, Understanding Purchasing Decisions of Self-Directed Participants: Analysis within a Statewide Cash and Counseling Program: West Virginia. Co-Principal Investigators: Margaret Lombe, Ph.D. and Kevin Mahoney, Ph.D. Boston College School of Social Work. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

(December 2010 — June 2012) Consultant — Disability and Aging, Assets and Aging Action: Creating Economic Stability, Social Justice, and Advocacy in the New "Third Age" in America. Nancy Morrow-Howell, Ph.D. and Michael Sherraden, Ph.D., PIs., Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis. Funded by Atlantic Philanthropies.


Consulting and Professional Activity

Center for Social Development & Gloval Service Institute - Faculty Associate
Administration on Aging Program Competitions - Reviewer
National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, Research Competitions - Peer Reviewer

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