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Rachel Filinson

Gaige Hall (GH)
(401) 456-8026
(401) 456-8732

Academic Background

Professor Rachel Filinson graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a baccalaureate degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and received her M.Sc. in Sociology at the University of Stirling (Scotland). She was employed as a Research Fellow at the Medical Research Council Institute of Medical Sociology in Aberdeen Scotland and simultaneously completed her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Aberdeen. Dr. Filinson was awarded an NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Gerontological Society of American postdoctoral fellowship. While teaching at Purdue University in Indiana, she obtained funding for a new Gerontology Center. Since being hired at Rhode Island College, she has taught a wide array of courses that focus on gerontology, sociological theory, sociological methods, and service learning. During her 2006 sabbatical, Dr. Filinson was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King's College London.

Dr. Filinson has published over 40 articles in scholarly journals (and a short story) and edited a book entitled Elder Abuse: Practice and Policy. She is a co-investigator on grants funded by HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration), Tufts Health Plan Foundation, and The Collaborative (of Rhode Island). As coordinator of the Gerontology Center, she has organized a yearly conference on aging held at the College. She serves on the Board of Consulting Editors for the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect and the board of United Methodist Elder Care and is participating in statewide efforts to enhance the age friendliness of Rhode Island.

Courses Taught

SOC 217 Sociology of Aging
SOC 300 Classical Sociological Theories
SOC 303 The Fountain of Age
SOC 315 Community
SOC 320 Aging and the Law​
SOC 460 Senior Seminar in Sociology​


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