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Letha Chadiha


Letha A. Chadiha, Ph.D., is Rose C. Gibson Collegiate Emerita Professor and Professor Emerita of Social Work in the University of Michigan (UM) School of Social Work. She received her B.S. degree from Tuskegee University, M.A. degree from Washington State University, and M.S.W. and Ph.D. degrees from the UM. She served on the faculty of Washington University in St. Louis from 1990-2002. Chadiha specializes in family caregiving by African American women to older black urban and rural residents, as well as recruitment and retention of black urban elders in research. She has provided extensive mentorship to faculty, post-doctoral trainees, and graduate students. Chadiha is principal investigator on grants funded by the NIA, NSF, NIGMS, and the John A. Hartford Foundation. Her scholarly accomplishments include being elected chair of the Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section in the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), elected fellow in the GSA, and elected fellow in the New York Academy of Medicine. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Outstanding Mentorship Award from the GSA’s Task Force on Minority Issues, the Harold R. Johnson Diversity Service Award from the UM, and the Distinguished Faculty Award from the UM’s School of Social Work.​ 

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