Senior Education Advisor
SAGE | Advocacy & Services for LGBT Elders
National Resource Center on LGBT Aging
305 7th Avenue, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10001


PhD.  2013 SUNY Stony Brook
       Philosophy, certificate in Women's and Gender Studies

B.A. magna cum laude, 2007 Loyola University Chicago
       Philosophy, International Studies

Professional Service

LGBT Aging Issues Network (LAIN) Advisory Council Member. American Society on Aging
Center for Excellence in Assisted Living (CEAL) Advisory Council Member
The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care Governing Board Member

Selected Interviews and Media

"LGBT elders, isolation and loneliness"- Australian Broadcasting Corporation

"New book can help you welcome LGBT residents"- McKnight's Senior Living

"LGBT People More Likely to Develop Dementia, New Study Finds"- Newsweek

"Speaker shares tips to prevent and address bullying in senior living" - McKnight's Senior Living

"Gay and gray: The retirement housing industry learns how to help LGBT seniors" - The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Retirement communities turn their sights on a once-invisible group: LGBT seniors" - The Washington Post



Welcoming LGBT Residents: A Practical Guide for Senior Living Staff, Routledge, (2020)

Affirmation, Care Ethics, and LGBT Identity, Palgrave Macmillan, (2016)


"Seeing and Supporting LGBT Older Adults' Caregivers and Families," Journal of Gerontological Nursing, with Britney M. Wardecker, 44. 2-4 (2018)

"Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Story of LGBT Gen Xers" Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging, 41.3 (2017)

"LGBT Specific Housing in the United States," Housing, Care and Support, with Hilary Meyer, 20.3 (2017)

"Expressive Touch and the Attitude of Care: The Case for LGBT Inclusive Intake in Aging Network Services," IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 10.1 (2017)

"Training a Culturally Competent Aging Network: SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging" with Meredith Doherty, Hilary Meyer, Sherrill Wayland, and Nancy Giunta. Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging, 40.2 (2016)

“Bisexual Aging and Cultural Competency Training: Responses to Five Common Misconceptions,” Journal of Bisexuality, 16.1 (2016)

“Affirmation and Care: A Feminist Account of Bullying and Bullying Prevention,” Hypatia: a journal of feminist philosophy, 30.2 (2015)

"Questioning the Threshold of Sexual Difference," GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies, 21.4 (2015)

"Beyond 'Born this Way' Rhetoric," philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, 5.1 (2015)

”The National Resource Center on LGBT Aging Provides Critical Training to Aging Service Providers,” with Hilary Meyer. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, special issues Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Aging: The Role of Gerontological Social Work, 57.1 (2014)

"Being Radically Polite: Repairing our Fractured Discourse," Radical Philosophy Review 17.1 (2014)

“Holding Well and Holding Open: Bergson and Parental Deliberations on Neonatal Genital Normalization Surgery,” Philosophy in the Contemporary World, 20.2 (2013)

"Transgressive Translations: Parrhesia and the Politics of Being Understood,” philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism, 3.1 (2013)

Book Reviews

Review, of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* Individuals Living with Dementia: Concepts, Practice and Rights edited by Sue Westwood and Elizabeth Price. Age, Culture, Humanities.

Review, of Gender Hurts: A Feminist Analysis of the Politics of Transgenderism by Sheila Jeffreys. Hypatia: a journal of feminist philosophy.

Book Chapters

"LGBT Elders, Isolation, and Loneliness: An Existentialist Analysis” in Aging in an Aging World. Eds. Monique Lanoix and Iva Apostolova, Equinox Press (2019)

“Sexual Orientation and Transitioning” a lesson plan in Orientation: Teaching about Identity, Attraction, and Behavior, The Center for Sex Education, Morristown, New Jersey (2017)

“Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders” and “Senior Living Programs and Policies” in The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies, SAGE Publications Inc, (2016)

Edited Volumes

Labor and Global Justice: The ethics of labor practices in the age of globalization, edited with Mary C. Rawlinson, Wim Vandekerckhove, and Ronald Commers, New York: Lexington Books, (2014)


The Advocate
Age Blog: American Society on Aging
Aging Today
Blog of the American Philosophical Association
The New Statesman
Provider Magazine
The Second Shift: Academic Feminism After Hours

Podcast and Radio Interviews

"Enhancing Care for LGTBQ Seniors with SAGE's Tim Johnston, PhD"- Psychology of Aging with Dr. Regina Koepp

"Welcoming LGBT Residents in Senior Living Communities"- Our Better Half

"An Innovative Neighborhood In Durham For LGBTQ Seniors Welcomes New Residents"- WUNC Radio

"LGBT elders, isolation and loneliness"- Australian Broadcasting Corporation

"SAGE: Meeting the Needs of LGBT Elders at End of Life with Tim Johnston"- End of Life University Podcast

Selected Invited Talks and Other Presentations

"Creating Allies to Advance LGBT Inclusion" - October 15th 2019. American Health Care Association Conference: Orlando, FL.

"Diversity in Elder Homelessness" (Panel Presentation) - April 16th 2019. American Society on Aging Conference: New Orleans, LA.

"Identifying and Supporting Caregivers in the LGBT Community" - August 13th 2018. Pioneer Network National Conference: Denver, CO.

"Having Difficult Conversations on LGBT-Related Topics" - October 17th 2017. American Health Care Association National Conference: Las Vegas, NV.

"Building Trust with LGBT Communities" - August 29th 2017. Meals on Wheels America National Conference: Denver, CO.

"Alzheimer’s Disease and Transgender Aging: Considerations for Older Adults, Caregivers, and Researchers" - April 7th 2016. Alzheimer's Association Connecticut Chapter Education Conference: Cromwell, CT.

"Preventing Anti-LGBT Bias Among Residents" - November 4th 2015. LeadingAge Annual Meeting and Expo: Boston, MA.

"Supporting LGBT Identified Constituents, Staff and Volunteers" - September 2nd 2015. Meals on Wheels National Conference and Expo: Orlando, FL.

“LGBT Aging: Creating Safe Services” – February 24th 2015. Edmonton Pride Seniors Group: Edmonton, AB – Canada.

“Creating Age Inclusive LGBT Services” – February 7th 2015. Creating Change: The National Conference on LGBT Equality: Denver, CO.

“LGBT Inclusion in the Alzheimer’s Association” – January 29th 2015. Alzheimer’s Association National Leadership Conference: Orlando, FL.

“Bullying Across All Ages: What LGBT Elder Abuse Can Teach Us About Adolescent Bullying” – November 17th 2014. Stony Brook University Stand Up Charter: Stony Brook, NY.

“LGBT and Aging: Exploring History, Culture, and Needs” – September 23rd 2014. Shippensburg University: Shippensburg, PA.

"Improving the Quality of Services and Supports Offered to LGBT Older Adults By Aging Providers" – January 31st 2014. Creating Change: The National Conference on LGBT Equality: Houston, TX.

Lead the Inclusivity and Conflict Management Training for the 2013 Different Games Conference - April 20th 2013. NYU Polytechic Institute, Brooklyn NY

“Sex Reassignment Surgery” - March 25th 2013. Stony Brook University Philosophical Tools Discussion Series.

"Perceived Gender Identity and Violence" - April 11th 2012. Invited presentation to joint meeting of Women's Club and LGBTQ Alliance. Suffolk County Community College, Selden NY

Participant in the 2012 Duke University Feminist Theory Workshops: March 16-18th 2012. Duke University, Durham NC.

"Being a Sensitive Ally" -- May 6th, 2011. TransEvent 2011 – Empire Conference. Albany, NY

"Pure Difference and Becoming: Confucius and Deleuze on Pedagogy" – March 18th, 2010. The Value of Difference: University of Hawaii Uehiro Cross Currents Conference. Honolulu HI.

"Holding Children Well: Ethics of Care and the Management of Intersex Children" – March 12th, 2010. Disorientations: Stony Brook University Queer Symposium. New York, NY

Selected Academic Presentations

"New Directions in Elder Justice " - July 15th 2017. North American Society for Social Philosophy: Chicago, IL.

“Must the Interval be Heterosexual?” - June 5th 2013. Karen Burke Memorial Prize Lecture, The Irigaray Circle: Bergen, Norway.

"Parental Deliberations on Neonatal Genital Normalization Surgery: A Bergsonian Analysis" - November 2nd, 2012. Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy: Rochester NY.

"Being Polite is a Radical Practice, or Troublemaking Midwestern Style" - October 12th, 2012. Radical Philosophy Association: Canisius College, Buffalo NY.

"Bergson on Queer Mobility in Quotidian Environments" - April 30th 2012. International Society for the Study of Environment, Space, and Place: Towson University, Towson MD.

"Transgressive Translations: Parrhesia and the Politics of Being Understood" - April 13th, 2012. PhiloSOPHIA: University of Miami, Oxford OH.

"Gender Self Determination and the (In)Flexibility of Marriage" – November 14th, 2010. Radical Philosophy Association: University of Oregon, Eugene OR.

"Holding Children Well: Ethics of Care and the Management of Intersex Children" – April 24th, 2010. 3rd Annual Felician Ethics Conference: Felician College, Rutherford NJ.

Courses Taught

San Jose State University

PHI 190: Seminar in Philosophical Classics - Introduction to Queer Theory
PHI 186: Professional and Business Ethics

SUNY Stony Brook

PHI 100: Concepts of the Person - Memory and Identity
PHI 100: Concepts of the Person - Philosophical Reflections on Home
PHI 101: History of Western Philosophy - Mind Body Dualism
PHI 101: History of Western Philosophy - Objectivity and Feminist Epistemology
PHI 104: Moral Reasoning - Aristotle, Mill, Kant, and Care Ethics
PHI 111: Comparative Philosophy: Buddhism and Existentialism
PHI 300: Ancient Philosophy
WST 103: Women, Culture, Difference - Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies
WST 111: Introduction to Queer Studies in the Humanities
WST 399: Sex, Gender, and the Law

SUNY Suffolk Community College

HUM 114: Mythology - Gender and Sexuality in Western Mythology

Guest Seminars and Lectures

University of California Berkeley School of Social Welfare - Spring 2018
University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work - Spring 2018
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health - Fall 2015

Academic Positions and Service

IJFAB Blog Editor, 2013 - 2014
Karen Burke Memorial Lecture Organizing Committee, 2012-13
Incoming Graduate Student Orientation Leader, 2012
Student Representative to Graduate Program Committee, 2011-12
Graduate Colloquium Director, 2010-11
Student Representative to History Exam Committee, 2010-11
Senator in University Graduate Student Organization, 2009-10


French: Reading Facility
Spanish: Written and Spoken Fluency
Japanese: Spoken Facility


Vivien Hartog Women’s and Gender Studies Best Graduate Instructor, 2013
Graduate Student Organization Distinguished Travel Award, 2013
Karen Burke Memorial Lecture Prize - The Irigaray Circle, 2013
Vivien Hartog Graduate Student Travel Award, 2012
PhiloSOPHIA: Best Graduate Student Paper Award, 2012
Uehiro Cross Currents Conference: Best Presentation Award, 2010
Stony Brook University: Graduate Tuition Scholarship, 2009-2013
Loyola University Chicago: Ignation Full Tuition Scholarship, 2003-2007
Loyola Univeristy Chicago: Departmental Honors: Philosophy, 2007
Loyola Univeristy Chicago: Departmental Honors: International Studies, 2007
Loyola University Chicago: University Honors, 2007


Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, 2012
University Safe Space Certified, 2010

Completed Graduate Courses

Histories and Methods of Women's and Gender Studies (Lisa Diedrich) spring 2012
Feminist Ethical Theory (Eva Kittay) fall 2011
Deleuze and Aesthetics (Megan Craig) spring 2011
Philosophy Teaching Practicum (Marshall Spector) spring 2011
Biopolitics (Eduardo Mendieta) spring 2011
Feminist Theory (Rich Calvin) fall 2010
Hegel's Philosophy of Right (Allegra de Laurentiis) fall 2010
Bergson and Creativity (Megan Craig) fall 2010
Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics (Clyde Lee Miller) spring 2010
Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit (Mary Rawlinson) spring 2010
The Question of Community: Heidegger, Nancy, Derrida (Anne O'Byrne) spring 2010
Teaching Practicum in Women's and Gender Studies (Victoria Hesford) spring 2010

Difference in Recent Continental Philosophy: Heidegger, Derrida, Deleuze, Irigaray (Ed Casey), fall 2009
Philosophical Psychology (Donn Welton) fall 2009
Feminist Approaches to Biomedical Ethics (Eva Kittay) fall 2009