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Mary M. Ball, Ph.D.


Director of Research and  Research Assistant Professor, Gerontology Institute
605 One Park Place
Gerontology Institute
Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA 30303

Phone: 404.413.5215
Fax:      404.413.5219

Ph.D., Georgia State University
M.A., Emory University
M.S., Emory University
B.A., Emory University

Dr. Ball directs the Gerontology Institute's research program. Her primary research interest is in long-term care and minority aging with a focus on how elders view quality of life and the role of dependency and the value of autonomy in their lives. Her current research, funded by the National Institute on Aging, investigates how to maximize staff retention and satisfaction. Previous studies focused on maximizing independence and autonomy in personal care homes.