College of Professional Studies

Topics of Interest


Aging in Place

Universal Design


Compentency-Based Education

Aging issues

Aging services

Community resources

Adult Degree Education

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Beverly S. Patnaik
Academic Director for School of TransformAging


B.A. – Southern Wesleyan University
M.A. – University of North Texas – Center for Studies in Aging

Southern Gerontology Society’s Applied Gerontologist Award -- 2012

Professional Experience
Patnaik and Associates, owner and president, 2007-2011
Technical Assistance Director, Community Partnerships for Older Adults, Duke University Medical Center, 2001-2007
Associate Program Director – Long Term Care Resources Center, Duke University Medical Center, 2001-2007
Associate Research Professor of Psychiatry, Duke University Medical Center, 2001-2007
Executive director, Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services, Charlotte, NC – 1990-2001
Instructor in gerontology, University of North Carolina, 1976-1985

Professional Information
Member of the American Public Health Association American Society on Aging, the Gerontological Society on Aging, the National Citizens’ Coalition for Nursing Home Reform and the National Council on Aging.
President-elect and chair of the leadership council of the Council on Aging of Greater Nashville

Interesting Information
Patnaik was an invited participant to the seventh Doha Forum on Democracy, Development and Free Trade, Doha, Qatar, 2007.
Member of the Martin Center Advisory Committee in Brentwood, Tenn.
Member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Livability Project, Nashville

Research Information
Published works on aging issues in Contemporary Gerontology, Families in Society, Gerontologist and the International Journal of Aging and Human Development.