Thomas Meuser

meusert@umsl.edu

Associate Professor, Gerontology & Social Work, University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL)

Second Appointment in Psychology, UMSL

Director, Gerontology Graduate Program, UMSL

Founder & Coordinator, UMSL Life Review Project

AFFILIATIONS:

EDUCATION:

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Clinical Geropsychology, Center for Healthy Aging, Akron, OH
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, UMSL
  • Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology, Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
  • Pre-Doctoral Practicum in Clinical Psychology, St. Louis Veterans Administration Medical Center, St. Louis, MO
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, UMSL
  • B.A., Psychology, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

AWARDS:

  • Outstanding Partner Award, University of Missouri Extension
  • Named a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America
  • David A. Peterson Award, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education

DISCIPLINE:

  • Gerontology, Social Work & Psychology

HISTORY:

  • Over 20 years in the fields of geropsychoogy and applied gerontology

PRACTICE:

  • Gerontolgoy, Social Work & Psychology
  • Medical Fitness to Drive
  • State Licensing & Regulation of Older Drivers
  • Educational Program Evaluation

AREAS OF RESEARCH INTERESTS:

  • Cognition, Affect & Function in Aging
  • Reminiscence & Life Review
  • Mobility in Aging
  • Loss & Grief in Aging
  • Dementia & Caregiving

PRODUCTS:

Complete list of publications

Publications:

  • Meuser, T.M. (in press). Driving and the transition to non-driving mobility: The change process & opportunities for intervention. In P.A. Lichtenberg & B.T. Mast (Eds.), Handbook of Professional Geropsychology, Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Meuser, T.M., Berg-Weger, M., Chibnall, J.T., Harmon, A.C., & Stowe, J.N. (2013). Assessment of readiness for mobility transition (ARMT): A tool for mobility transition counseling with older adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 32(4), 484-507.
  • Meuser, T.M., Boise, L., & Morris, J.C. (2004). Clinician beliefs and practice in dementia care: Implications for Health Educators. Educational Gerontology, 30, 491-516.
  • Meuser, T.M., & Marwit, S.J. (2001). A comprehensive, stage-sensitive model of grief in dementia caregiving. The Gerontologist, 41(5), 658-700.

Videos:

  • Tapestries Model of Life Review: A Training DVD for Social Service Professionals. T.M. Meuser, M. Jones, A. Harmon, & E. Vega (2008-2009). A 2-Hour DVD based on a workshop held on the UMSL campus in October 2008. Project funded by a $2,500 grant from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. Viewable on-line at http://www.umsl.edu/~meusert/LifeReview/Tapestries_Model.html
  • Reflections on Memories Lost: Stories of Early Alzheimer’s. T.M. Meuser (Director/Co-Producer, 2002). A 30-minute video on early dementia for community education. Developed through the Washington University ADRC in partnership with the St. Louis Black Repertory Theater Company of St. Louis and the Alzheimer’s Association – St. Louis Chapter. Distributed nationally through the Alzheimer’s Disease Education & Referral Center (ADEAR), National Institute on Aging. http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers/Publications/reflections.htm

Tools:

  • Marwit-Meuser Caregiver Grief Inventory. Marwit & Meuser, 2002, The Gerontologist, 42, 751-765. A 50-item psychometric instrument (and 18-item short form) developed from research support provided by the Alzheimer’s Association (1999-2001, T. M. Meuser, Principal Investigator). Since its development, this scale has been distributed nationally through the Alzheimer’s Association’s Tools Clearinghouse for chapter staff and via the Washington University ADRC website. In addition to clinical and support uses, the MM-CGI has been incorporated into research studies at institutions around the world. Over a dozen published studies have used the scale to date.

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