Judith Lucas, EdD, APN, associate professor, and associate dean for undergraduate programs in the Seton Hall University College of Nursing has been named a fellow by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) for her work in advancing social research policy and practice in the area of gerontology.

Lucas’s professional work has largely been focused on issues related to safety and the quality of care for geriatric populations living in community home care, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. She has published scholarly investigations evaluating clinical practice guidelines, nursing home transition programs, and depression and psychological services in long-term care residents.

Her current research is focused on safety and regulatory factors affecting quality in long-term care, specifically, prescribing patterns, antipsychotic use, and resident outcomes. Recent research on the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications in dementia care has influenced policy changes for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, state agencies, long-term care organizations and practitioners.

GSA is the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. Being recognized as a fellow is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continued work in gerontology including research, teaching, public service, and practice.

Lucas will be formally recognized during GSA’s 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting in November. To learn more about Seton Hall Nursing associate dean Judith Lucas and her recent recognition by the Gerontological Society of America, visit here.

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