Dr. Montoro Rodriguez is the Gerontology Program Director.
I am a sociologist with a teaching and research background in the area of aging, health, human development and family studies. Most of my research during the past 20 years has examined the interrelations between formal and informal support systems and optimal adaptation and adjustment to developmental changes for older adults. My recent work with family caregivers attempts to identify conditions under which older adults and their families would increase community-based service use, in particular the implications of cultural inequalities (race, gender) as generators of distress for older adults. My interest includes the role that cultural interpretations of difficult life experiences (such as depression or other health problems) might have on ethnic differences in levels of caregiving distress and well-being.