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Dr. Jyotsna "Josi" Kalavar

Dr. Josi Kalavar

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

Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

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


International Executive, Association of Gerontology in India

Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Award, Council for International Exchange of Scholars

Biographical citation, Marquis’s Who’s Who in America (58th edition)




Project funded by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. The goal of the project was to study the experiences of seniors residing in the ‘pay and stay’ cadre of old age homes (as they are known) in India.

Research grant awarded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) for project on ‘Elderly immigrants.’ The goal of the project was to examine the acculturative experience of immigrant Asian Indian elderly in the United States

Project titled, ‘An examination of homebound rural seniors’ funded by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. The goal of the project was to further our understanding of the experience of homebound seniors in selected counties of Pennsylvania

Selected Publications:

Kalavar, J., & Van Willigen, J.  Older Asian Indians Resettled in America: Narratives about Households, Culture, and Generation.  Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology (in press). 

Kalavar, J., & Duvvuru, J. Senior residents of ‘Pay & Stay’ homes: An examination of health & physical activity.  Indian Journal of Gerontology (in press).

Kalavar, J. Hindu Samskaras: Implications for Child Development.  In K. Jackson (Ed.), The Rituals of Childhood, pp 41-58.   Madison: University of Wisconsin Press.

Kalavar, J., Kolt, G.S., Giles, L.C., & Driver, R.P.  Physical activity in older Asian Indians living in the United States.  Activities, Adaptation, and Aging 20 (1), 47-67.

Kalavar, J.  Immigration in late life: The experience of Indians in America.  In N. Chadha (Ed.), Think before getting grey, pp 95-110.  New Delhi: Sai Printographers.

Kalavar, J. & Rapano, J. Homebound rural elderly in Pennsylvania: Health perspectives.  Journal of Rural Community Psychology, E6(1).

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