Faculty Bio


Kelly Niles-Yokum, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Gerontology

Coordinator of Behavioral Sciences/Sociology


  • B.S., Portland State University (1996)
  • M.P.A., Portland State University (1998)
  • Ph.D., University of MD, Baltimore County (2006)


  • Perspectives on Aging
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Ethical Aspects of Aging
  • Death, Dying, and Bereavement
  • Psychological Aspects of Aging

Research Interests

  • Ageism
  • Empowerment in late life
  • Rural aging
  • Death and dying
  • Public policy and aging

Recent Publications

  • Niles-Yokum, K & Wagner, D.L. (2011). The Aging Networks: A Guide to Programs and Services, 7th Ed.. Springer Publishing. New York, NY.
  • Neal, M.B., Wagner, D.L., Bonn, K. and Niles-Yokum, K. (2007) Caring from a Distance: Contemporary Care Issues. In, Martin-Matthews & Phillips (Eds.), Aging and Caring at the Intersection of Work and Home Life: Blurring the Boundaries. Psychology Press.
  • Wagner, D.L & Niles, K. (2006). In, Ham, Goins, and Brown (Eds.), Caregiving in a Rural Context. Service Delivery to Rural Older Adults: Research, Policy, and Practice. New York: Springer.