Heidi H. Ewen

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics

Adjunct Faculty

Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602




Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Ph.D. Gerontology / Behavioral Science University of Kentucky
M.A. Psychology University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.A. Psychology Eastern Illinois University


My combined research and teaching agenda reflects a commitment to the biopsychosocial aspects of aging, stress & adaptation, housing, and relocation decision-making.  I frame my teaching and research primarily from an interdisciplinary perspective largely built upon social psychology experimental paradigms. The majority of my scholarly work is on aging and environment, particularly aging-in-place and relocation decision-making, stress, and adaptation among older adults using a mixed methods research designs.  I have analyzed data with basic univariate statistics, advanced multivariate statistics, and case study approaches.  


  • Ewen, H.H. (2020). Assessing stress in relocation using biopsychosocial methods. SAGE Research Methods Cases in Medicine and Health. DOI: 10.4135/978159707274.
  • Ewen.H.H. & Carswell, A.T. (2019). Differences in conventional and seniors-oriented apartment management. Facilities, 37 (3-4), 157-167.
  • Ewen, H.H., Emerson, K.G., Washington, T., Carswell, A.T., and Smith, M.L. (2017). Characteristics of HCBS users living in service-rich, service-poor senior housing. Housing and Society.
  • Ewen, H.H., Washington, T., Emerson, K.G., Carswell, A.T., and Smith, M.L. (2017). Variation in older adult characteristics by residence type and use of home- and community- based services. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14 (3), 330.
  • Kaskie, B., Carr, D.C., and Ewen, H.H. (2017). What does the emergence of a critical mass of doctoral gerontologists mean to the field? Gerontology and Geriatrics Education. DOI: 10.1080/02701960.2017.1311880.
  • Ewen, H.H., Lewis, D.C., Carswell, A.T., Emerson, K.G., Washington,T., and Smith, M.L. (2017). A Model for Aging in Place for in Senior Housing Communities. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 31 (1), 1-13.
  • Ewen, H.H., Nikzad-Terhune, K.A., and ^Chahal, J.K. (2016). The Rote Administrative Approach to Death in Senior Housing: Using the Other Door. Geriatric Nursing, 37(5), 360-365.
  • ^Chahal, J.K., Ewen, H.H., Anderson, K.A., and Miles, T. (2015). Institutional Bereavement Care for Fictive Kin: Staff Grief in CCRCs. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 16(10), 892-895.
  • Ewen, H.H., ^Chahal, J., & ^Fenster, E. (2015).  A Portrait of Resilience in Caregiving. Research in Gerontological Nursing.
  • Ewen, H.H., ^Hahn, S.J., Erickson, M.A. & Krout, J.A. (2014).  Aging in Place or Relocation?  Plans of Community Dwelling Older Adults. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 28, 1-22.  DOI: 10.1080/07263893.2014.930366.
  • Ewen, H.H. & Kinney, J.M. (2014).  Application of the Model of Allostasis to Older Women’s Relocation to Senior Housing.  Biological Research in Nursing, 16 (2): 198-209. DOI:10.1177/1099800412474682.
  • Ewen, H.H. & ^Chahal, J.K. (2013). Influence of Late-Life Stressors on the Decisions of Older Women to Relocate into Congregate Senior Housing.  Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 27 (3): 392-408. DOI:10.1080/02763893.2013.813428.
  • Anderson, K.A. & Ewen, H.H. (2011). Death in the nursing home: An examination of grief and well-being in nursing assistants.  Research in Gerontological Nursing, 4(2): 87-94.
  • Anderson, K.A., Ewen, H.H., & Miles, E.A. (2010).  The Grief Support in Health Care Scale (GSHCS): Development and Testing.  Nursing Research, 59(6):  372-379.
  • Erickson, M.A., Robison, J., Ewen, H.H., and Krout, J.A. (2006).  Should I stay or should I go?  Moving plans of older adults.  Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 20 (3): 5-22.
  • Gaugler, J.E. and Ewen, H.H. (2005).  Building relationships in residential long-term care:  Determinants of staff attitudes toward family members in residential long-term care.  Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 31(9): 19-25.
  • Gaugler, J. E., Anderson, K. A., & Holmes, H. H. (2005).  Family-based intervention in residential long-term care.  Marriage & Family Review, 37: 45-62. Simultaneously published in Caputo, R. K. (Ed.,) Challenges of Aging on U.S. Families.  Haworth Press.
  • Gaugler, J. E. and Holmes, H. H. (2003). Families and the institutionalization experience: Adaptation and intervention.  The Clinical Psychologist, 7 (1): 32-43.
  • Krout, J., Moen, P., Holmes, H., Oggins, J., and Bowen, N. (June, 2002).  Reasons for relocation to a continuing care retirement community.  Journal of Applied Gerontology, 21 (2): 236-256.
  • Beissner, K., Collins, J., and Holmes, H. (2000).  Extremity strength and range of motion as predictors of function in older adults. Physical Therapy, 80 (6): 556-563.
  • Krout, J., Oggins, J. & Holmes, H.  (2000). Patterns of service use in a continuing care retirement community.  The Gerontologist, 40 (6): 698-705.

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