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James Lubben

Professor Emeritus

Founding Director, Institute on Aging


James Lubben, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at Boston College. He was the Louise McMahon Ahearn Endowed Professor in Social Work for 15 years. He is also Professor Emeritus at UCLA where he taught for 20 years and was Associate Dean and Department Chair. During his 35 years in the academy, Dr. Lubben mentored over 200 doctoral students and junior faculty. He served on over 50 doctoral dissertation committees and secured dissertation research funding for over 150 doctoral students. He published over 125 articles and chapters and edited 7 books. Dr. Lubben has been a principal investigator or collaborator on over $35 million (direct costs) of research and training grants. The primary aim of his research agenda examines social isolation as a behavioral health risk among older populations. He is presently co-investigator on a Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyles in Aging pilot project, which is funded by the National Institute on Aging. He is a Fellow in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and also a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.