Julie Bobitt is the Director of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences program at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. Dr. Bobitt earned her doctorate degree in Community Health from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
Julie has over 15 years of experience working to advance programs and policies on behalf of older adults. At the University of Iowa Center on Aging, she contributed to the development of a statewide coalition to advance the provision of specialty services to older adults with mental health needs, and assisted with the design and implementation of a nationally funded collaborative model of care for older persons with mental health needs.
Dr. Bobitt’s primary research interest concerns the dissemination and implementation of policies and programs that impact older adults. Most recently she has studied the implementation of the National Voluntary Consensus Guidelines for Adult Protective Services by state programs. She is currently researching the impact of cannabis legalization on the use of opioids by older adults.