Welcome to Social Lab of Aging and Mobility (SLAM)!

Our research group focuses on understanding social determinants of mobility and mental health in later life and translating research to practice and policy for promoting active aging, using technologies

The goal of SLAM is to train future leaders in aging, mobility, and policy research. 
We pursue interdisciplinary translational science, and members have opportunities to contribute to research papers and projects.  If you are interested in becoming part of our group, please contact Prof. Choi. 

Current SLAM Members @ the University of Kentucky


  Stefana Moldovan

  PhD Student in Social Work

Stefana is a third year doctoral student in social work. She earned her BA in sociology from West University of Timisoara, Romania and MSW from University of Kentucky.  She was selected for the East and Central European Scholarship Program (ECESP) funded by USAID and Georgetown University, and completed one year of graduate coursework in public policy at Martin School.  Her research focuses on program evaluation, and she is currently writing a paper on human rights of older women with Dr. Choi.  

  Amy M. Schuster
  PhD Student in Gerontology

Amy is a first year doctoral student in gerontology. She earned her BSW from Florida State University in 2008 and MSW from University of Georgia in 2009. She is a licensed master’s social worker.  Amy’s research interests are in using social media to enhance the lives of older adults, particularly those in long term care. She is the study coordinator for the SmartMobility project. Outside the SLAM, Amy enjoys her two dogs to the park. 
  MSW, 2011 (with Certificate in Gerontology)

Sapana received her BA/BS in social work and journalism-news writing from University of Nebraska at Kearney and MSW from University of Kentucky with the Certificate of Gerontology.  She interned at Alzheimer’s Association and Best Friends Adult Day Center in Lexington.  She aims to go to a doctoral program and is currently writing a paper on media portrayal of older drivers with Dr. Choi.  
  Amy Mitchell
  Master's Student in Sociology

Amy was raised in western Kentucky but now calls Lexington home. She earned her BA in Anthropology and Sociology from Transylvania University in 2012, and is currently a student in the Sociology Masters program at UK. Amy is interested in aging and mental health, and is currently researching stress levels among Grandparents as Parents in Lexington. During her time off from graduate school, she likes to hang out with her black lab, Sullivan.

Affiliated Members @ the University of Kentucky

Yuriko Katsumata, PhD (Doctoral Student in Epidemiology and Biostatistics)
Linda E. Cunningham, 
Homecare Case Manager, Bluegrass Community Action Partnership)

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