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Dr. Jyotsna "Josi" Kalavar

Dr. Josi Kalavar

Kalavar, Jyotsna "Josi" M., Ph.D., University of Maryland, 1990

Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Dr. Kalavar's research interest focuses on intergenerational relations, transnational care, and diverse experiences of aging (homebound rural elderly, immigrant elderly, institutionalized elderly).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HONORS & AWARDS

 

2014                Arlene E. Hall Service Award, Penn State University New Kensington
2013                Excellence in Teaching Award, Penn State University New Kensington

2012               
John Romano Faculty/Staff Diversity Recognition Award, Penn State University
2011                Fellow status conferred, Gerontological Society of America
2004-2007       International Executive, Association of Gerontology in India     
2004-2005       Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award, Council for International Exchange of Scholars                           
2004                Biographical citation, Marquis’s Who’s Who in America (58th edition)

2002-2004       Elected Vice President (Psychosocial Division), Association of Gerontology in India (AGI)

2000                Honorary Life Membership awarded by AASTHA Foundation, India

 
 
 

RESEARCH FUNDING

Funded Projects

Kalavar, J. M., "Transnational Caregiving: Perspectives of Adult Offspring in the United States," PSNK RDG support.  October 2013- December 2014.

Kalavar, J. M. (Co-Investigator), Buzinde, C. (Co-Principal Investigator), Kohli, N. (Supporting), Manuel-Navarrete, D. (Co-Investigator), Huntington, S. (Co-Investigator), Grant, "Religious practices and their influence on individual wellbeing and environmental ethics: the case of pilgrimage tourism by the ganges," Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University.  November 2012 - October 2013.

Kalavar, J. M. (Co-Investigator), Buzinde, C. (Co-Principal Investigator), Kohli, N. (Supporting), Grant, "Religious practices and their influence on individual wellbeing and environmental ethics: the case of pilgrimage tourism by the Ganges," Children, Youth, and Families (CYF), Penn State.  November 2012 - June 2013.

Kalavar, J. M. (Co-Principal Investigator), Buzinde, C. (Co-Investigator), Kohli, N. (Supporting), Grant, "Religious practices and their influence on individual wellbeing and environmental ethics: the case of pilgrimage tourism by the Ganges," Global Programs, Penn State. November 2012 - June 2013.

Kalavar, J. M. (Co-Principal Investigator), Buzinde, C., Grant, "Examination of the Relationship between Tourism, Intergeneration Relationships and Community Wellbeing among the Masaai of Tanzania.," CYF, Penn State. September 1, 2009 - June 30, 2012.

Kalavar, J. M. (Principal Investigator), Zarit, S. H. (Other), Duvvuru, J. (Other), Grant, "Transnational Caregiving," Smart Spaces Center, Penn State University, Penn State.  April 16, 2010 - June 30, 2011.

Kalavar, J. M. (Co-Principal Investigator), Chick, G. (Co-Principal Investigator), Buzinde, C. (Principal Investigator), Kokkel, M. (Co-Principal Investigator), Grant, "'Heritage Tourism, Intergenerational Relationships, and Indigenous Knowledge Transfer among the Maasai of Tanzania'," Children, Youth & Families, Penn State. March 5, 2008 - December 31, 2008.

Kalavar, J. M. (Principal Investigator), Grant, "Collaborative Research Leading to Integration of Indigenous Knowledge Related to the Well-Being of Families and Children in Rural East Africa," Children, Youth, & Families, Penn State.

Kalavar, J. M. (Principal Investigator), Grant, "Old age homes in India," Council for International Exchange of Scholars (Fulbright). July 2004 - June 2005.

Kalavar, J. M. (Principal Investigator), Grant, "Adult Day Care in Rural PA," RDG support, Commonwealth College, Penn State. October 2003 - May 2004.

Kalavar, J. M. (Principal Investigator), Grant, "Elderly Immigrants from India: Comparing their experiences in New Zealand and USA," RDG support, Commonwealth College, Penn State. October 2001 - May 2002.

Kalavar, J. M. (Principal Investigator), Grant, "Elderly Immigrants," National Institute on Aging, Federal Agencies. Total awarded: $50,000.00. (funded: July 2000 - June 2001).

Kalavar, J. M. (Principal Investigator), Grant, "Development of a cross-national project," RDG support, Commonwealth College, Penn State. (funded: October 2000 - May 2001).

Kalavar, J. M. (Principal Investigator), Grant, "Residents of old age homes in India: a preliminary investigation," ORSAF funds at Penn State Fayette, Penn State. (funded: October 1999 - May 2000).

Kalavar, J. M. (Principal Investigator), Grant, "The experience of immigration in late life," Swimmer funds at Penn State Fayette, Penn State. October 1999 - May 2000.

Kalavar, J. M. (Principal Investigator), Grant, "An examination of homebound rural seniors," Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Quasi Governmental and Independent Agencies. Total awarded: $49,768.00. (funded: January 1999 - December 1999).

Kalavar, J. M. (Principal Investigator), Grant, "Rural Aging: A Global Challenge," Swimmer funds at Penn State Fayette, Penn State. 1998 - 1999.

Kalavar, J. M., Grant, "An examination of homebound rural seniors: a pilot project," ORSAF funds at Penn State Fayette, Penn State. September 1998 - December 1998).

Kalavar, J. M. (Principal Investigator), Grant, "Acculturative stress in immigrant Asian adolescents," RDG support, Commonwealth College, Penn State. October 1997 - June 1998.

Recent Publications

Kalavar, J.M., Zarit, S. & Ferracio, B. (2015, accepted).  Transnational Support of Asian Indian Elderly in India: Examining Patterns of Exchange.  Care Management Journals.

Kalavar, J.M., Buzinde, C.N., Manuel-Navarrete, D., & Kohli, N. (2015, in press).  Gerotranscendence and Life Satisfaction: Examining Age Differences at the Maha Kumbha Mela.  Journal of Religion, Spirituality, & Aging.

Buzinde, C., Kalavar, J. M., Kohli, N., & Manuel-Navarrete, D (2014). Emic Understandings of Kumbha Mela Pilgrimage. Annals of Tourism Research, 49, 1-18.

Kalavar, J.M., Buzinde, C.N., Melubo, K., & Simon, J. (2014).  Intergenerational Differences in Perceptions of Heritage Tourism among the Maasai of Tanzania.  Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 29, 87-107.     doi:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24390314

Duvvuru, J., Kalavar, J., Khan, A., & Liebig, P.  (2014). Global Ageing: Care, Concerns and Special Perspectives.  New Delhi: Kanishka Publishers.

Kalavar, J.M. (2014).  Senior Immigrants from India in the United States: Their Perspectives on Intergenerational Relationships.  In Duvvuru, Kalavar, Khan, & Liebig (Eds.), Global Ageing: Care Concerns and Special Perspectives.  New Delhi: Kanishka Publishers.

Subramanyam, V., Kalavar, J., & Duvvuru, J. (2014). Effect of Behavioural Interventions and Functional Competence in Older Adults. Indian Journal of Gerontology, 28(2), 173-181.

Buzinde, C. N., Kalavar, J. M., & Melubo, K. (2013). Tourism and community well-being: The case of the Maasai in Tanzania. Annals of Tourism Research. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.annals.2013.08.010

Kalavar, J.M., Bridges, R., & Harnish, R.J. (2013).  Transnational Care of the  Elderly.  In Ken Keith (Ed.), The  Encyclopedia of Cross-Cultural Psychology.  Malden, MA: Wiley Publishers.

Kalavar, J.M., Duvvuru, J., & Ejaz, F. (2012).  Elder Abuse in India:  Extrapolating from the Experiences of Seniors in India’s ‘Pay and Stay’ Homes.  Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect, 24(4).

Kalavar, J.M., Duvvuru, J. (2011).  Aging of Indian Women in India: The Experience of Older Women in  Formal Care Homes.  Journal of Women & Aging, Volume 23(3), 203-215.

Kalavar, J. (2011).  Aging & The Family System in India.  In B. Singh (Ed.), The Concept, Practices, and  Current Relevance of the Indian Family System. Delhi: Center for Indic Studies, Dartmouth, MA & DKPW  Publishers (India).

 

 

Contact

Dr. Kalavar at 724-334-6745 or jmk18@psu.edu
Dr. Kalavar's Web site: http://sites.psu.edu/jkalavar/