College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

About Dr. Elaine Eshbaugh

Dr. Elaine Eshbaugh is an associate professor of Gerontology and Family Studies and has coordinated UNI's Gerontology program since 2007. She holds the Davis Professorship of Gerontology and chairs the Division of Family Services and Gerontology. She has a master's and PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Iowa State University and has more than 25 research publications in empirical journals. She is currently on the executive board of the Northeast Iowa Agency on Aging and has collaborated with various continuing care communities, adult day services, and hospices. She coordinates UNI’s Memory Trunk program, which provides an empirically-based approach to interacting with individuals who have Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Dr. Eshbaugh maintains an active public speaking and community outreach schedule and does education on dementia for communities, families, and facilities. She often meets with families to provide support after a dementia diagnosis and writes a blog called Welcome to Dementialand. In 2015, Dr. Eshbaugh was appointed by the President of UNI to the role of Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA.