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Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Elizabeth B. Fauth

Ph.D., Associate Professor,
Gerontology Certificate Coordinator

Email: beth.fauth@usu.edu
Location: FL 222
Office Phone: 797-1989

Research Projects


Ph.D, Penn State University (Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Minor in Gerontology), 2005
M.S., Penn State University (Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Minor in Gerontology), 2002
B.S., Syracuse University (Department of Psychology), 2000

Research Interests and Current Projects

My research focuses on human development and family studies in adulthood and late life, specifically 1) family caregiving for persons with dementia and dementia care (with a focus on services and program evaluation), 2) well-being and physical functioning of the oldest-old, and 3) intergenerational interactions across the lifespan.

  1. I collaborate with the Alzheimer’s Association Utah Chapter and the State of Utah Division of Aging Services on several program evaluation projects assessing the extent to which the educational, psychological, and family-focused counseling sessions improve outcomes for family caregivers of individuals with dementia. I will also evaluate staff interactions and recreational activities in memory care units, to determine high quality care and recreation based on client behavior and affect. As an investigator on the Cache County Dementia Progression Study, I am interested in uncovering how the caregiving environment affects the progression of dementia, as well as the financial cost of care. 
  2. I collaborate with the Institute for Gerontology at Jönköping University in Sweden, utilizing multiple longitudinal studies of late life. I examine patterns of health and functional decline and the role of psychosocial variables such as depressive symptoms and social support as buffers in the disablement process. I received NIH funding to combine Swedish data into a large longitudinal sample of older adults, studying interrelationships between disease, cognition, physical functioning, social support and well-being over time. I also currently collaborate with Sunshine Terrace and collect data on functional performance in clients across multiple care settings, to determine interdepartmental trends, as well as intra-departmental changes over time in client outcomes.
  3. I co-founded the Intergenerational Lifespan Lab, a large-scale project evaluating the benefits of intergenerational interactions across the lifespan.


FCHD 1500: Lifespan Development
FCHD 3540: Adult Development and Aging
FCHD 4240: Social Gerontology
FCHD 5550: Short Study Abroad: Healthcare and Social Services for Older Adults in Sweden
FCHD 6030: Graduate Research Methods
FCHD 7900: Graduate Seminar in Adult Development and Aging
FCHD 6540/7540: Graduate Adult Development and Aging