Fielding Graduate University News

Host Dr. Connie Corley of "Experience Talks" Interviews Musician/Author/educator Christine Stevens

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Dec 05, 2012

Christine Stevens resized 600Featured musician for the Sixth Annual International Conference on Positive Aging, Christine Stevens, interviewed by Dr. Connie Corely on radio show "Experience Talks"

Christine Stevens is the author of a new book, MUSIC MEDICINE: THE SCIENCE OF HEALING YOURSELF WITH SOUND.  

Stevens is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author, and music therapist. Holding masters degrees in both social work and music therapy, Stevens inspires people all over the world with her message of music for holistic health, spirituality and wellness. Stevens is the author of Music Medicine, The Healing Drum Kit, and The Art and Heart of Drum Circles book and DVD. She has recorded two play-along CDs; Reviving Rhythms, and Drumming Up Diva.

Stevens is the founder of UpBeat Drum Circles, offering diversity training, teambuilding, and wellness presentations world-wide. She has trained facilitators and led workshops in more than twenty countries, including Iraq, Hong Kong, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, and Western Europe.

Stevens trains HealthRHYTHMS facilitators throughout the United States, England and Japan through Remo, the world's largest drum company. A leader in the music and wellness movement, Christine also serves on the editorial board of Explore: A Journal of Science and Healing

Stevens will be appearing at the Sixth Annual International Conference on Positive Aging, February 10 - 12, 2013, in Los Angeles. 


Dr. Connie Corley, MSW, PhD, producer and host of "Experience Talks"

Connie CorelyDr. Corley is a Professor at Fielding Graduate University and California State University Los Angeles (and Associate Director of Lifelong Learning, Applied Gerontology Institute).  She completed her graduate degrees at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds certification from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC and is adjunct faculty at Saybrook University. Dr. Corley's 100+ publications and national/international presentations have spanned the fields of aging and the arts, geriatrics, rehabilitation, spirituality, and substance abuse.  She  has been a mentor in Geriatric Social Work Initiatives funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, and also a mentor in the New Ventures in Leadership program of the American Society on Aging (ASA). She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE), Past President of the Association for Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGE-SW),  a recipient of the AGE-SW Leadership Award, and in 2004 was the Inaugural recipient of the West Coast Gerontological Social Work Career Award from the Institute for Geriatric Social Work.  Cal State LA named Dr. Corley a Distinguished Woman in 2008. She is in "Who's Who in America” and “Who’s Who of American Women.” 


Tags: gerontology, international, adult learning

Alumna promotes importance of long-term care insurance for seniors

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Mon, Apr 30, 2012

Marion Somers, PhD (HOD ’88), aka Dr. Marion, is the spokesperson for the “3 in 4 Need More” campaign, which spreads the message that health insurance isn’t enough. About three in four of us will need some form of long-term care insurance or planning to cover longer-lasting illnesses and disabilities not covered by regular insurance or Medicare. 

 Dr. Marion travels in her souped-up, 50s-era Greyhound bus. “Long-term care needs can sneak up on us as quickly as the senior tsunami that is heading our way, which is why it’s so important for Americans to plan ahead.”

1 DrMarion BusTo help Americans plan ahead, Dr. Marion's bus will crisscross the country this summer to talk with seniors and caregivers. Her advice: it's never too soon to start planning for long-term care needs and costs. As part of the campaign, Dr. Marion, 3in4 Need More, and Emeritus are launching a nationwide "Bring Your Talent" contest. The search is for seniors or their caregivers in the U.S. who want to showcase their talent – from singing and dancing to juggling, acrobatics, and more! “Bring Your Talent” will help families alleviate the costs of long-term care by offering free stays at any Emeritus Senior Living Community, with a grand prize of free rent for one year.

You are invited to follow the tour on and


Tags: gerontology, adult learning, healthcare, aging

McCall joins Fielding Graduate University's core faculty

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Thu, Apr 19, 2012
Mary McCall

Mary E. McCall, PhD, joins the School of Human & Organizational Development as a core faculty member, having served previously as a research faculty member. McCall will continue her work in the area of methods and also add to the doctoral curriculum in adult development, social change, and the concentration in Aging, Culture, and Society. Fielding looks forward to her taking a leadership role for the university as it prepares to host for the third time the International Conference on Positive Aging

For over 20 years, McCall has been a professor and consultant in the areas of aging and social policy, communication, collaborative problem-solving, mediating conflict, and applied research methods. She holds a PhD in human development and aging and is a tenured full professor at Saint Mary's College of California. She has extensive experience in designing, implementing, collecting, and analyzing data for research that includes quantitative, qualitative, laboratory, community-based, and multi-method approaches to investigation.

McCall's research in aging focusses on cross-cultural comparisons of values in the formulation of social policies for older persons. She has worked in the area of service-enriched subsidized housing for low-income elders and families and has published in the area of community empowerment, social interaction and longevity, cultural differences in elder abuse, and empowerment of older persons. She has considerable experience designing and delivering diversity training to deal with issues of difference and community building in higher education (with students, faculty and staff). She is a certified trainer for the Campus of Difference workshop from the Anti-Defamation League and a certified Values Coach through Values Technology, Inc.


Tags: gerontology, aging

Positive Aging Conference Makes Major Contribution to the Field

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Tue, Dec 13, 2011

Fielding Graduate University delivered on its promise to bring together leading scholars and practitioners to look at new research and practice concerning how to bring meaning, value, and appreciation to the aging process. describe the image

On December 6-9, 2011, in Los Angeles, 170 participants at the Fifth Annual International Conference on Positive Aging gathered to learn and to be inspired by experts and colleagues. 

Among the media with interest in the conference outcomes was Lance Orozco of the NPR station KCLU. He chose to report on what experts say about why so many people are unprepared for the post-retirement period of their lives despite America’s population living longer and seniors being healthier than ever.        

Tags: conference, gerontology, development, adult learning, aging