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Center Activities

Activities & News

January 2021

This month’s Roc STAR Research Seminar Series (1/14) will feature a presentation by Drs. Carol Podgorski and Zachary Baker on an intervention model for helping caregivers of individuals with ADRD navigate the bereavement process.

December 2020

Our 2021 Request for Proposals has been released!

Rochester Roybal Center & UR Aging Institute Funding Opportunity

The Rochester Roybal Center for Social Ties & Aging Research (The Roc STAR Center) and the UR Aging Institute are co-sponsoring pilot awards focused on promoting the social well-being and healthy aging of those caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. There are currently two pilot award opportunities—the STAR Constellation Pilot Award and the ProtoSTAR Pilot Award. Apply by Monday, January 25, 2021. Learn more about Rochester Roybal Center & UR Aging Institute Funding Opportunity.


This month’s Roc STAR Research Seminar Series (12/10) will feature a presentation by Dr. Andrew Anderson on: Neural signatures: a potential candidate methodology for studying dyadic processes in caregiving and impact on relationship quality & improving interventions.

November 2020

Our first annual Roc STAR Research Symposium is scheduled for 11/13, bringing together our Advisory and Steering Committees to hear about progress on our funded Roc STAR Pilot Studies.

October 2020

This month’s Roc STAR Research Seminar Series (10/8) will feature a presentation by Dr. Kim Van Orden who will discuss psychotherapeutic approaches to reducing loneliness.

September 2020

The Roc STAR Center’s co-Director, Dr. Van Orden, will be presenting at two upcoming webinars for strategies to support social connections in later life by creating ‘Connections Plans’.

“Creating a ‘Connections Plan’ to Reduce Social Isolation and Reduce Suicide Risk”

The 2020 Suicide Prevention Coalition Academy Webinar Series, The Suicide Prevention Center of New York State

Sept 2 noon-1pm


“Supporting Connection in Later Life,” with CAMH (Center for Addiction and Mental Health)

Thursday September 10
noon-1pm


Roc STAR Center co-Director, Dr. Kimberly Van Orden, and Roc STAR Pilot Investigator, Dr. Caroline Silva, will be presenting in the NIMH Division of Translational Research, 2-day virtual workshop

“Social Disconnection in Late Life Suicide”

Brings together clinician scientists, behavioral scientists, neuroscientists, geriatric psychiatrists, epidemiologists, and implementation scientists to discuss the current state of the science on social disconnection and suicide.

September 17-18, 2020

For more information, please see  
https://www.nimhsocialdisconnection.com/