Richard H. Fortinsky, PhD, is a Professor in the Center on Aging and Department of Medicine, University of Connecticut Health Center (UCHC); where he also holds the Physicians Health Services Endowed Chair in Geriatrics and Gerontology.
Presently, his major areas of investigation are: physician and family care for persons with dementia living at home; health-related outcomes and resource use among older adults receiving home health care; evidence-based community interventions to help prevent falls in the older population; and health-related effects of transportation alternatives for older adults who have stopped or curtailed driving.
His research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Administration on Aging, the Alzheimer's Association, and The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Medical Research Foundation. Recent publications have appeared in The Gerontologist, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and Medical Care.
He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and serves as Co-Chair of the Task Force on Aging of the American Public Health Association. He received his doctoral degree in sociology in 1984 from Brown University.