A local professor recently won a system-wide University of South Florida faculty award for her analysis of age-related issues.
Kathy Black is a professor of social work and gerontology at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, was recently named the recipient of the Faculty Outstanding Achievement Award across all the USF campuses.
The award will be presented an Oct. 17 luncheon in Tampa. Additionally, she was one of three women in April 2015 to receive the USF System’s Faculty Research Award from USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy.
This past year she has seen three articles published; traveled to Geneva, Switzerland, to address the World Health Organization; and led efforts to create Age-Friendly Sarasota, a multi-partner initiative aimed at making the county age-friendlier for people across their lifespan.
Black came to USF Sarasota-Manatee in 2002. She earned her Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Albany in 2000 and master’s degrees in social work and gerontology from the University of Southern California in 1988 as well as an additional master’s degree in public health policy from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1990.
She is a Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholar and Fellow with the Gerontological Society of America. She has more than 30 years of experience as a geriatric case manager, medical social worker and geriatric nurse, working with older adults and their families.