University of Rochester

Ph.D. Student at Warner School Gets Award for Research

June 17, 2002

Jason A. Dauenhauer, a doctoral student in human development at the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development, has received the Rochester Academy of Medicine Geriatrics Award in honor of Carter and T. Franklin Williams.

Dauenhauer's research paper on late-life depression was selected for recognition at a ceremony last month and a cash award. "This is a significant accomplishment because of the large size and high quality of our local medical, research, and education community," says Dale Dannefer, professor at the Warner School and advisor to Dauenhauer.

While pursuing his doctorate, Dauenhauer is further developing his interest in the dynamics that occur among families and staff when a patient is admitted to a nursing home. "It's important to try to build a relationship among those groups," says Dauenhauer, "but there are many different expectations when people need care. How do you make that process better? How can that be improved?"

This summer, Dauenhauer is at work on an independent study, under Dannefer's direction, analyzing selected videotapes and transcripts from meetings with families and staff at nursing homes.

Dauenhauer is pursuing his doctoral studies as he works as coordinator of the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center, a University of Rochester program located at Monroe Community Hospital, and administers several grants. He joined that project after earning a master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan in 1997.

His winning paper was researched and written for a course on public health and the epidemiology of aging in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

The award from the medical society honors Carter Williams, a social worker, and her husband, Dr. T. Franklin Williams, who is professor emeritus at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. It recognizes their many contributions to issues related to aging, and is one of the few given by the Rochester Academy of Medicine to individuals who are not physicians.

The Warner School at the University of Rochester (on the Web at offers master's degree and doctoral degree programs in teaching, curriculum and change, counseling and human development, and educational leadership.