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Joann Kovacich, PhD

I am an independent researcher and consultant. I have been with the School of Advanced Studies, UOPX since 2007. As an applied medical anthropologist my areas of specialization and interest include interdisciplinary health care delivery, heath care and technology, alternative health care, aging, ethnicity, gender, health care policy and law, intergenerational relationships and informal and formal support systems. I conduct ethnographic, case study and focus group research on ethnicity, aging, health care delivery, patient/client-practitioner communication and allied health professions in rural and urban contexts. I am also an experienced program evaluator. As an off shoot of my investigation in alternative health care, I am also pursuing the interrelationship between pets and health, dog cognitive evolution, and dog health innovation as a parallel to innovation in human health care interventions and wellness practice. I design and teach on-line problem based learning modules in aging, interdisciplinary health care, culture and health, and anthropology and have facilitated many service learning projects and community profiles putting theory into practice. While serving as Principle Investigator and Project Director of the federally funded Interdisciplinary Rural Health Care Project in Maine, I co-produced an interactive training CD for health care professionals on aging in rural areas. Serving as Director of Distance Education for the Harvard Geriatric Education Center, Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts, I designed several self-study modules for health care professionals in the area of Alzheimer research and transcultural communication. More recently colleagues and I have just finished Phase I of an NIH Small Business and Technology Grant to develop online alternative health evidence based best practice for palliative care modules. In addition I served as Book Review Editor for Anthropology and Aging and serve as Article Editor for SAGE Publications.

Scholarship & Research



Journal of Leadership Studies-Symposium Piece-Relational Leadership: Perspectives of Key Constructs on Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Equity in Higher Education

Psychology Today
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American Psychological Association Conference-Utilizing Clinical Hypnotherapeutic Intervention with CBT to Treat Pandemic-Aug. 13-2021 Symptomology

ILA Conference Geneva Switzerland 2021
Presenter -Topic-"The Stress Arc in Leadership and 3 Powerful Disciplines for Mitigating Major Stress Impacts in a New Era"-Upcoming
Presenter -Topic-“Improving Higher Education’s Role in Diversity and Social Equity through Relational Leadership in the New Era”-Upcoming
Presenter-Topic-"Healthcare Leadership-Using Virtuous Leadership in Chaos to Reimagine Beneficial Practices of Employee Cognitive Psychology"-Upcoming
2021-Knowledge Without Boundaries National Summit-College of Doctoral Studies Research Conference-University of Phoenix-Panel Discussion-"Exploring Emergent Trends in Leadership and Education"-Based on published symposia article from the Journal of Leadership Studies-


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College of Doctoral Studies