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PLTC Psychologists in Long-Term Care

Promoting Best Practices for Long-Term Care

PLTC Student Section

Benefits of Student Membership

  • Student membership is FREE for the 1st year!
  • Subscription and online access to the Clinical Gerontologist
  • Annual meeting held at the American Psychological Association or Gerontological Society of America conventions
  • Excellent networking opportunities with clinicians & researchers nation-wide
  • Opportunity to apply for the Student Research Award (see Awards on this page) which includes a cash prize ($300) and a commemorative piece.

Internship/PostDoc Listings (Updated March 1, 2013)

  • NOTE: The recently revised third edition of the Directory of Psychology Internships with Geropsychology Training Opportunities and the Directory of Clinical Geropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowships are now available on the Division 12, Section II (Clinical Geropsychology) website.
  • Internship and Postdoctoral Sites with LTC training

    Council of Professional Geropsychology Training Programs


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Award Announcements

Grant Announcements are on the Research Page

STUDENTS: Apply for the PLTC Annual Student Research Award

Graduate and post-doctoral students may submit a completed project relevant to long-term care and geropsychology for the PLTC Student Research Award. The award, $300 and a commemorative piece, will be presented at the annual APA annual convention. Submissions will be accepted from student members of PLTC and from students of PLTC members. (Student membership is free for the first year -- become a member! For membership information, contact .

Information about the Student Research Award:

Graduate and post-doctoral students may submit a completed project relevant to long-term care and geropsychology for the PLTC Student Research Award. Submissions will be accepted from student members of PLTC and from students of PLTC members. Manuscripts should be 8-12 pages, exclusive of tables and figures. Manuscripts that are being presented as posters or in symposia at the GSA annual meeting (or at APA) will be accepted and encouraged; please let us know if the manuscript you submit is being presented (or has been submitted). Manuscripts submitted to other organizations' award programs will not be considered for this award.

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Past Award Winners

2012 Weston Donaldson, M.S. -- Colorado State University
Paper Title: "Bridging Assisted Living Communities: Attitudes of Heterosexual Residents Toward Gay and Lesbian Peers"
Mentor: Tammi Vacha-Haase, Ph.D.

Honorable Mention: Amanda Foster, M.S. -- Colorado State University
Paper Title: "The Impact of Client Death on Professional Geropsychologists: A Qualitative Analysis.”

Honorable Mention: Allison A. Jay -- University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Paper Title: "Finding Your Way Home: Using Landmarks to Promote Room Finding in Dementia Care Communities."
Co-author: Leilani Feliciano, Ph.D.

2008 Krystle Balhan Archibald -- Colorado State University,
Paper Title: "Death Anxiety and Self-Esteem in Long-Term Care Employees"
2007 Natalie Brescian -- Colorado State University
Paper Title: "Certified Nursing Assistants in Long-Term Care: Exploring the Relationship Between Locus of Control and Patient Aggression"
Mentor: Tammi Vacha-Hasse, Ph.D.
2006 Kate L. Martin -- Colorado State University
Paper Title: "Staff Perceptions of Same-Sex Sexual Contacts in Long-Term Care Facilities"; Mentor, Tammi Vacha-Haase, Ph.D.

Runner-up: Laura L. Phillips -- University of Alabama;
Paper Title: "Prisons as a Long-Term Care Providers Spirituality/Religiousness and Affect among Older Male Prisoners."
Co-authors on the paper were Rebecca S. Allen, Ph.D. and Lucinda L. Roff, Ph.D.
2004 Susan Fisher, M.A. -- University of Alabama
Fisher, S. E., Burgio, L. D., Thorn, B. E., Allen-Burge, R., Gerstle, J., & Allen, S. J. (2002). Pain assessment and management among cognitively impaired nursing home residents: Association of certified nursing assistant pain report, MDS pain report, and analgesic medication use. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 50, 152-156.
2003 Deborah Heiser, Ph.D. -- Isabella Geriatric Center, New York, NY. 
Heiser, D. (2004). Depression Identification in the long-term care setting: The GDS vs. the MDS. Clinical Gerontologist, 27, 3-18.

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Student Representatives

The current student representatives to PLTC are and . Please feel free to contact them if you have questions or want more information about student membership.

Lindsey Jacobs

Lindsey JacobsLindsey Jacobs is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology in the geropsychology concentration at the University of Alabama. She is concurrently completing a master's program in Health Care Organization and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Lindsey has provided clinical services in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings including Veterans Affairs Community Living Centers, a state psychiatric facility for older adults, a private nursing home, and an outpatient geriatric primary care clinic. In addition, she has provided consultation services to an elder law clinic regarding decision-making capacity.

Lindsey's current research endeavors include investigating the process and outcomes of culture change in long-term care, and developing a theory of how nursing assistants understand and manage conflicts related to their beneficent duty and role regarding nursing home residents' autonomy. She serves as co-convener for the Mental Health Practice and Aging Interest Group in the Gerontological Society of America.

Lindsay Gerolimatos, M.S.

Kyle S. Page, M.S.Lindsay Gerolimatos is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at West Virginia University. She is currently completing her internship in Geropsychology at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology. Next year, she will complete the Geropsychology Fellowship at VA Boston Healthcare System.

Lindsay has had many clinical experiences working with older adults, including providing cognitive-behavioral treatment for insomnia in a primary care clinic, implementing CBT for depression and anxiety to residents at a long-term care facility, and conducting psychological and capacity assessments in another long-term care facility where many of the residents had serious mental illness, dementia, and problem behaviors. At present, Lindsay provides outpatient individual and group psychotherapy to older adult veterans and conducts neuropsychological evaluations in an outpatient Veterans Affairs clinic.

Current research interests include anxiety among older and young adults, with an emphasis on health anxiety. A secondary research interest includes assessment of late-life anxiety. Lindsay has helped develop and evaluate the psychometric properties of two new measures of anxiety created specifically for older adults and has evaluated the psychometric properties of existing anxiety measures with older adult samples. Finally, Lindsay is very interested in advocacy, and is excited to serve as student representative to PLTC!

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Seminal Articles and Books for Students in Geropsychology


Binstock, R. H. & George, L. K. (2001). Handbook of aging and the social sciences (5th edition). San Diego, CA: Academic Press.

Kennedy, G. J. (2002). Geriatric mental health care: A treatment guide for health professionals. NY: Springer Publishing.

Hinrichsen, G. A. (2006). Why multicultural issues matter for practitioners working with older adults. Professional Psychology Research and Practice, 37, 29-35.

*Lichtenberg, P. A., Murman, D. L., & Mellow, A. M. (2003). Handbook of dementia: Psychological, neurological, and psychiatric perspectives. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Ronch, J. L. & Goldfield, J. A. (2003). Mental wellness in aging: Strengths-based approaches. Baltimore: Health Professions Press.

Smyer, M. & *Qualls, S. (1999). Aging and mental health. Blackwell Publishers.

Zarit, S. H. & Zarit, J. M. (1998). Mental disorders in older adults: Fundamentals of assessment and treatment. NY: Guilford Press.


*Duffy, M. (1999). Handbook of counseling and psychotherapy with older adults. NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Knight, B. G. (1996). Psychotherapy with older adults (2nd edition). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

*Lichtenberg, P. A. (1999). Handbook of assessment in clinical gerontology. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Storandt, M. (1994). General principles of assessment of older adults. In M. Storandt & G. VandenBos (Eds.), Neuropsychological assessment of dementia and depression (pp. 7-32). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Conn, D. K., Herrmann, N., Kaye, A., Rewilak, D., & Schogt, B. (2001). Practical psychiatry in the long-term care facility: A handbook for staff. Ashland, OH,: Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.

Hill, R. D., Thorn, B. L., Bowling, J., & Morrison, A. (2002). Geriatric residential care. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Publishers.

*Lichtenberg, P. (1994). A guide to psychiatric practice in geriatric long-term care settings. Haworth Press.

*Lichtenberg, P. A. & *Duffy, M. (2000). Psychological assessment and psychotherapy in long-term care. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 7, 317-328.

*Lichtenberg, P. A., *Smith, M., *Frazer, D., *Molinari, V., *Rosowsky, E., *Crose, R., *Stillwell, N., *Kramer, N., *Hartman-Stein, P., *Qualls, S., *Salamon, M., *Duffy, M., *Parr, J., & *Gallagher-Thompson, D. (1998). Standards for psychological services in long-term care facilities. The Gerontologist, 38, 122-127.

*Molinari, V. (2000). Professional psychology in long-term care. NY: Hatherleigh Press.

*Denotes a past or present PLTC member

Also see APA's Psychotherapy and Older Adults Resource Guide.