Rosalyn Roker

Rosalyn Roker

Description of Research Interests

My research seeks to address the gap in knowledge related to mental health service use by community-dwelling older Blacks with severe mental illnesses. Along with this, I am interested in planning, implementing, and evaluating interventions for ethnic and racial minorities with mental disorders.  I am also interested in health disparities research, particularly the effects of disparities in access, use, and quality of health care services for ethnic and racial minorities across the life course.  Additionally, I am interested in qualitative research methods.

Awards, Honors, and Fellowships:

Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation Scholarship, 2013-2014

Harold L. Sheppard Endowed Memorial Scholarship, 2012

Travel Grants

University of South Florida Conference Presentation Grant; $500 (2013)

American Psychological Association Advanced Training Institute, Research Methods for Diverse Ethnic and Racial Groups, Michigan State University, Travel Grant; $500 (2013)

Research Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, 2012 - 2014
Advisor: Tamara Baker, Ph.D.
School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Psycho-Sociocultural Factors Influencing Cancer Pain Management in Elderly Adults

Directed Research, 2012
Advisor: Brianne Stanback, Ph.D.
School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Successful Aging, John Knox Village, Tampa, FL

Training

Preparing for College Teaching, Spring 2014
Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups, June 10-14, 2013
American Psychological Association Advanced Training Institute
Michigan State University, Lansing, MI. (competitive application process)

Teaching Experience

Instructor, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Summer 2014
School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida
GEY 4635 – Business Management in an Aging Society

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida
GEY 4322 (undergraduate) & GEY 6321 (graduate) - Gerontological Case Management, Professor: Victor Molinari, Ph.D.
Assist professor with syllabi development; prepare presentations for lectures; present course materials to students; identify and coordinate guest lecturers (geriatric care managers, elder law attorney, certified mediator) for course; assist with administrative tasks for course

Guest Lecturer, Spring 2015
Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, University of South Florida
MHS 4434 – Behavioral Health and the Family, Assistant Professor: Kyaien O. Conner, PhD
Lecture topic: Caregivers and Mental Illness

Guest Lecturer, Spring 2014
School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida
GEY 3601 – Physical Changes and Aging, Instructor: Marianne Chanti-Ketterl, MD, MPH
Lecture topic: Mental health in older adults

Guest Lecturer, Fall 2013
School of Aging Studies, University of South Florida
DEP 2004 - The Life Cycle, Instructor: Tiffany Young, MA
Lecture topic: Mental health in older adults