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Rachel Filinson

Craig-Lee Hall (CL) 461
(401) 456-8026
(401) 456-8732

Academic Background

Professor Rachel Filinson graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a baccalaureate degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and received her M.Sc In Sociology at the University of Stirling (Scotland). She was employed as a Research Fellow at the Medical Research Council Institute of Medical Sociology in Aberdeen Scotland and simultaneously completed her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Aberdeen. Dr. Filinson was awarded an NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Gerontological Society of American postdoctoral fellowship. While teaching at Purdue University in Indiana, she obtained funding for a new Gerontology Center. Since being hired at Rhode Island College, she has taught a wide array of courses that focus on gerontology, sociological theory, sociological methods, and service learning. On her last sabbatical, Dr. Filinson was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King's College London.

Dr. Filinson has published over 40 articles in scholarly journals (and a short story), edited a book entitled Elder Abuse: Practice and Policy and received numerous research grants from Rhode Island College to support her research, most recently on aged inmates. As coordinator of the Gerontology Center, she has organized a yearly conference on aging held at the College. She serves on the Board of Consulting Editors for the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect and on the board of United Methodist Elder Care.

Courses Taught

SOC 261 Fountain of Age
SOC 300 Classical Sociolog Theories
SOC 302 Social Research Methods I
SOC 315 Community
SOC 320 Law and the Elderly
SOC 404 Social Research Methods II
SOC 460 Senior Seminar in Sociology

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