Gerontology Program Lead, Lydia K. Manning, PhD

Dr. Manning is a gerontologist, educator, and entrepreneur with a wide range of experience in the field of aging. She is an Associate Professor of Gerontology at Concordia University Chicago in the College of Graduate and Innovative Programs. Dr. Manning received her Ph.D. in social gerontology from the Department of Sociology and Gerontology at Miami University. Her expertise lies in complex issues related to aging, health, and well-being. Her research focuses on resilience with additional interests in religion and gender.

EDUCATION

PhD – Social Gerontology – Miami University, Department of Sociology & Gerontology 2011
MGS – Master of Gerontological Studies – Miami University, Department of Sociology & Gerontology 2004
BA – Centre College, Department of Anthropology and Sociology 2000
NIH/NIA Post Doctoral Fellowship (T-32), Center for Aging – Duke University 2011-2013

COURSES TAUGHT

  • Practicum in Gerontology (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME (subject matter expert)
  • Perspectives in Gerontology (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME
  • Public Policies and Aging (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME
  • Sociology of Aging (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME
  • Adult Development and Aging (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME
  • Aging, Values, Attitudes and Ethics (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME
  • Diversity in Aging (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME
  • Advanced Topics in Gerontology (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME
  • Program Management in Gerontology (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME
  • Seminar in Gerontology (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME
  • Advanced Research Methods in Psychology (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level)
  • Sociocultural Aspects of Aging (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME
  • The Psychological Aspects of Aging (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME
  • Diversity in Aging Societies (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME
  • Leadership, Applied Ethics, Aging, and Global Change (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME
  • Qualitative Methods (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level)
  • Mixed Methods (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level)
  • Issues in Aging Policy (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME
  • Gerontological Theory (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME
  • The Physiological Aspects of Aging (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME
  • Demography and Epidemiology ((Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME
  • Foundations of Teaching and Learning (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME
  • Professional Seminar in Gerontology (Concordia University Chicago at the graduate level) – SME

PUBLICATIONS

Manning, L., Ferris, M., Narvaez-Rosario, C., Prues, M., Spiritual Resilience: A Model for Exploring Adversity in Later Life. Forthcoming in the Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging.

Manning, L., Miles, A. (2018). Examining the Effects of Religion on Resilience in the Face of Life Course Trauma: Is Religion Really Beneficial? Journal of Religion and Health, 57(1), 191-208.

Rajan, K., Rajan, R., Manning, L., Evans, D. (2016). Aging Audiences: Association of Live Performance Attendance and Cognitive Decline in a Biracial Sample. Journal of Aging and Health. Advance online publication. DOI: https://doi-org.ezproxy.rush.edu/10.1177/0898264316682907

Manning, L. K., & Radina, M. E. (2015). The role of spirituality in the lives of mothers of breast cancer survivors. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 27(2), 125-144.

Manning, L., Carr, D., Lennox-Kail, B. (2014),”Do Higher Levels of Resilience Buffer the Deleterious Impact of Chronic Illness on Disability in Later Life?” The Gerontologist. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnu068 * Article notes that all authors contributed equally to this study.

Dassel, K., Ewen, H., Carr, D., Fitzgerald, K., Leach, C., Manning, L. (2013). What can I go with a gerontology degree? Expanding your options. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 35(3), 277 – 284. DOI: 10.1080/02701960.2013.870901

Manning, L. K. (2013). Navigating hardships in old age: Exploring the relationship between spirituality and resilience in later life. Qualitative Health Research, 23(4), 568-575.

Manning, L. (2012). Enduring as Lived experience: Exploring the essence of spiritual resilience for women in Late Life. Journal of Religion and Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10943-012-9633-6

Manning, L. (2012) Spirituality as a lived experience: Exploring the essence of spirituality in late life. International Journal of Aging and Human Development.75(2):95-113.

Manning, L., Leek, J., Radina, M.E. (2012). Making sense of extreme longevity: Explorations into the lives of centenarians. Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 24(4), 345-359.

Manning, L.K. (2012). Articulating the ineffable: Explorations into the spiritual lives of old women. Journal Of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 24(3), 179-20.