Dr. Naomi Meinertz received her Ph.D. in 2022 in Human Development and Family Studies from Iowa State University with minors in Gerontology and Political Science. Dr. Meinertz works to understand family care experiences and intergenerational relationships in later life and to bridge research and practice through translational science. Broadly, her research focuses on family caregiving processes and family care networks with the goal to help better prepare older adults and their families for later life care situations.
Dr. Meinertz’s future research will explore care partnerships in under researched populations, such as blended and stepfamilies, as well as families from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Dr. Meinertz uses translational science to apply research findings through the development, implementation, and evaluation of Health and Human Sciences Extension programming and other educational opportunities. Dr. Meinertz is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of older Missourians and their family members as they navigate later life issues.
Areas of Expertise
- Family Caregiving and Care Partnerships
- Intergenerational Relationships in Later Life
- Translational Science (Program Development, Implementation, and Evaluation)
- Family Abuse in Later Life
- Research at HDFS