Amanda Lehning, PhD, MSS

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor, University of Maryland School of Social Work

Amanda Lehning is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. She received a MSW with a concentration in Policy Practice and Advocacy from Bryn Mawr College, and a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2013 she completed a National Institute on Aging-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work. Her research focuses on the effects of policies, programs, and neighborhood infrastructure on elder health, well-being, and the ability to age in place. Her research on aging-friendly communities aims to advance the conceptualization, measurement, and evaluation of this type of community-level initiative. Additional research includes a national survey of Villages and NORCs, two community-based programs that aim to help older adults remain in their homes and communities; an examination of the effects of service coordination on the ability to age in place in low-income senior housing in Detroit; and a mixed methods study of cooperative senior housing as a site for aging in place. Dr. Lehning has published numerous articles on elder health, well-being, and the ability to age in place. She has received research support from the University of Maryland, School of Social Work; Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation; John A. Hartford Foundation; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; and the Society for Social Work and Research.

Program Info

Program Track
Non-Residential

Placement
Office of the U.S. Surgeon General