Gaynell M. Simpson, PhD

Gaynell M. Simpson

Assistant Professor

Degrees:

  • BSW, MSW, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore

Areas of Interest and Expertise:

  • Minority aging, caregiving and health disparities
  • Mental and physical well-being of heterosexual and non-heterosexual African American women

Emailgmsimpson@sw.ua.edu

Phone:  (205) 348-5266


Publications:

  • Parker, M. W., Greenberg, J., Simpson, G. & Toseland, R. W. (2015). Caregivers to older & disabled adults.  In B. Berkman (Ed.), Handbook on Aging & Social Work (pp.443-452). Oxford Press: New York, NY.
  • Lo, C.L., Cheng, C.C., & Simpson, G.M. (2015). Marital status and work-related health limitation: a longitudinal study of young adult and middle-aged Americans. International Journal of Public Health, 61(1), 91-100.  doi: 10.1007/s00038-015-0695-6.
  • McDougall G. J. Jr., Simpson, G., Friend, M. L. (2015). Strategies for research recruitment and retention of older adults of racial and ethnic minorities. Journal of  Gerontological  Nursing, 2:1-10. doi: 10.3928/00989134-20150325-01.
  • Simpson, G. M., Smith, B., Wilson, D. (2015).  African American grandparents living in an urban environment. In Rhonda Wells-Wilbon, Anna R. McPhatter, Halaevalu F.O. Vakalahi (Eds).  Social Work Practice with African Americans in Urban Environments. Springer Publisher: New York: NY.
  • Black, S. R., Kraemer, K. R., Wood, M., Simpson, G. M., Smith, A. K. (2014).  The Effectiveness of Imagery-Based Strategies in Improving Episodic Memory in Older Adults. In Kole Edison (Ed). Episodic Memory: Formation, Clinical Disorders and Role of Aging. Nova Science Publishers.
  • Vakalahi, H.F.O., Simpson, G.M., & Giunta, N. (Eds.), (2014). The collective spirit of aging across cultures. International perspectives on aging, Vol. 9, Springer Science and Business Media Publisher, New York: NY.
  • Black, S., & Simpson, G.M. (2014). A call to action: Dementia screen of Alzheimer’s disease in older African Americans. In H.F.O. Vakalahi, G.M. Simpson, & N. Giunta. (Eds.), The collective spirit of aging across cultures (pp.229-238). International perspectives on aging, 9. Spring Science and Business Media Publisher. New York, NY: Springer Science and Business Media.
  • Simpson, G.M., & Giunta, N., Vakalahi, H.F.O. (2014). 4th generational theories of intersection: Multicultural aging. In H.F.O.
  • Vakalahi, G.M. Simpson, & N. Giunta. (Eds.), The collective spirit of aging across cultures (pp. 1-5). International perspectives on aging, Vol. 9.  New York, NY: Springer Science and Business Media.
  • Stansbury, K., Nelson, N., Wimsatt, M., Simpson, G., Martin, F., & Nancy, N. (2011). African American Students: Are they Literate on Depression? Journal of College Student Development, 52(4), 497-502.
  • Simpson, G. M., & Lawrence-Webb, C. (2009). Responsibility without community resources: Informal kinship care among urban, low-income, African- American grandmother caregivers. Journal of Black Studies, 39(6), 825-847.
  • Wells-Wilbon, R., & Simpson, G. M. (2009). Transitioning the caregiving role for the next generation: An African-centered womanist perspective. Black Women, Gender & Families, 3(2), 87-105.
  • Bramble, J., Cornelius, L., & Simpson, G. (2009). Eating as a cultural expression of caring among Afro-Caribbean and African American women: Understanding the cultural dimensions of obesity. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 20(2), 53-64.
  • Simpson, G. M. (2008). A call for support: Review of informal social supports among African American grandmother caregivers. African American Research Perspectives, Spring, 71-82.
  • Simpson, G. M. (2008). A qualitative perspective of family resources, among low-income, African American grandmother caregivers. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 51(1/2), 19-41.
  • Simpson, G. M., & Cornelius, L. (2007). Overlooking African American males: Urban African American grandmother caregivers’ reliance on family members: A qualitative perspective of common themes. Journal Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 5(1/2), 149-170.
  • Simpson, G. M., & Lawrence-Webb, C. (2007). Responsibility without community resources: Informal kinship care among urban, low-income, African American grandmother caregivers. Journal of Black Studies, June 14, 2007; DOI: 10.1177/0021934707303631.