Catherine Tompkins, PhD

Catherine Tompkins, PhD


College of Health and Human Services

Other Positions:

Associate Dean

Research Theme:

Digital Technologies - Inventing new algorithms, digital techniques, and technologies

Key Interests:

Gerontology, Dementia, Caregiving, Kinship Care, Music & Memory


PhD, Social Work, University of Maryland

Research Focus

Dr. Tompkins, Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professor, teaches human behavior, research, and gerontology courses in the Social Work Department. She is interested in developing new programs for undergraduate students and developing innovations in distance education. Dr. Tompkins has been pursuing two research tracks since arriving at Mason: 1) The need for interventions for individuals with dementia and their caregivers and 2) an exploration of the potential caregiving relationship that exists between grandparents and grandchildren residing within grandparent-headed households. She reviews manuscripts for several journals, has affiliations with several state and national organizations, and participates on advisory boards for two community-based agencies.


College of Health and Human Services

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