Rupal Parekh, PhD

Assistant Professor (Affiliate)

School of Social Work

Research Interests

Dr. Parekh seeks to understand the intersection of social isolation, multiple health issues, and structural and social barriers among late-life immigrant populations and older adults aging alone. Her current work, funded by The National Institute for Transportation and Communities, examines the role of transportation dependence on the physical and mental health of South Asian late-life immigrants. She also is interested in the role of culturally-grounded concepts mitigating the risk of adverse mental health outcomes, particularly in non-English speaking older adult populations. Her past research advocates for the development of national and state legislation that addresses the needs of older adults aging alone, local age-friendly policies and initiatives, and civic engagement and volunteerism opportunities among community-dwelling older adult populations.


2004 Master of Public Health, Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University
2004 Master of Social Work, Columbia University School of Social Work
2018 PhD, University of Texas at Arlington

Featured Publications

Fields, N.L., Adorno, G., Felderhoff, B., Parekh, R., Miller, V., Magruder, K., & Rogers, K. (2018). The social
construction of “emerging elders”: Implications for age-friendly community assessments. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 4, 1-7. Retrieved from

Parekh, R., Maleku, A., Fields, N., Adorno, G., Schuman, D., & Felderhoff, B. (2018) Pathways to age-friendly
communities in diverse urban neighborhoods: Do social capital and social cohesion matter? Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 61 (5), 492-512. Retrieved from doi:10.1080/01634372.2018.1454564

Parekh, R., Praetorius, R., Nordberg, A. (2017). Carers’ experience in families impacted by Huntington Disease, a qualitative interpretive meta-synthesis. British Journal of Social Work. Retrieved from

Parekh, R., & Pillai, V. (2016). Stunting in India: an empirical approach to human rights-based solutions.
Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, 1(4) 184-192. Retrieved from

Adorno, G., Fields, N., Cronley, C., Parekh, R., & Magruder, K. (2016). Ageing in a low density urban city:
transportation mobility as a social equity issue. Ageing & Society, 1-25. Retrieved from https://doi:10.1017/S0144686X16000994

Fields, N.L., Xu, L., V. Richardson., Parekh., R & Ivery, D., Feinhals, G., & Calhoun, M. (2016). The Senior
Companion Knowledge Program Plus: A culturally tailored psychoeducational training program (innovative practice) Dementia, 56, 151-151. Retrieved from

Parekh, R., & Adorno, G. (2016). Health care decision making for unbefriended, incapacitated adults: a value-
committed policy transfer analysis. Journal of Policy Practice, 16(4), 311-331. Retrieved from

Fields, N.L., Adorno, G., Magruder, K., Parekh, R., & Felderhoff, B. (2016). Age-friendly cities: The role of
churches. Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 28(3) 264-278. Retrieved from

Pillai, V., & Parekh, R. (2015). Sanitation and social change in India. YOJANA (India) 7-14 (invited)

Parekh, R., & Morano, C. (2009). Senior gambling: risk or reward? Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 52
(7), 686-694. Retrieved from

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