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Mary McCall
Mary McCall, PhD

Doctoral Research Faculty, School of HOD

Oakland, CA

PhD, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 1989


Areas of Instruction:

  • Quantitative Methods
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Human Development 
  • Cross-cultural Aging
  • Aging and Social Policy
  • Research Design
  • Diversity and Social Justice

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

  • Cross-cultural aging and social policies for older persons in various cultural contexts
  • Support services for low-income elders in federally-subsidized housing
  • Diversity and social justice across the lifespan – skill-building and education; public policy implications
  • Research specialties include quantitative and qualitative methods; research and survey design; mixed methods analytic approaches

Professional Memberships:

  • Gerontological Society of America
  • American Society on Aging
  • International Federation on Aging

Honors and Awards:

  •  Recipient of Saint Mary’s College Alumnae Association’s Diversity Award for Exceptional Service (2008)
  •  JAFA Fellowship from Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare to support travel to Japan to study aging services and policies (2004)


  • (2011). Anme, T. and McCall, M.E. Empowerment in health and community settings. In T. Muto, et al. (eds).Springer Publications. Asian Perspectives and Evidence on Health Promotion and Education.
  • (2009). M.E. McCall. “The “First Responder” Role and Work: Priorities, Preparations, and Policies in Cultural Context.” In Gelardin, S. (Ed.), Career and Caregiving: Empowering the Shadow Workforce of Family: 22-26. Broken Arrow, OK: National Career Development Association Monograph Series.Caregivers
  • (2008). T. Anme and M.E. McCall, with T. Takayama (Eds.) “Culture, Care and Community Empowerment: International Applications of Theory and Methods.” Tokyo, Japan: Kawashima Press.
  • (2008). T. Anme, R. Shinohara, Y. Sugisawa, and M.E. McCall. “Social Interaction and Longevity: An Eleven-Year Longitudinal Study of Older Persons in a Japanese Village.” Hallym International Journal of Aging, 9 (2): 89-105.
  • (2005). T. Anme, M.E. McCall and T. Tatara. “An Exploratory Study of Abuse among Frail Elders using Services in a Small Village in Japan.” Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 17 (2): 1-20. 
  • (2000). L. Heumann, M.E. McCall and D. Boldy (Eds.). "Empowering Frail Elderly People: Opportunities and Impediments in Housing, Health And Support Service Delivery.” CT: Greenwood Pub.      


  • (2011). M.E. McCall and P. Osage. “Reaching Out to Socially Isolated Seniors in Senior Housing: A Practical Approach Using Case Studies.” Workshop to be presented at the Positive Aging Conference, Long Beach, CA. (Dec)
  • (2011). M.E. McCall and T. Anme. “Social interaction and longevity among a rural Japanese community: Twenty years of Study.” Presentation at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA. (Nov)
  • (2011). M.E. McCall. “Creating and Sustaining Inclusive Communities: Opportunities, Oppositions, and Optimism.” Keynote address at the VIIIth International Conference of SYSTED (Systems Sciences for the Elderly and Disabled). Tokyo, Japan. (Sept)
  • (2011). P. Osage, D. Norman and M.E. McCall. “Reaching Out to Socially Isolated Seniors in Senior Housing: A  Practical Approach Using Case Studies.” Workshop to be presented at the American Society on Aging
  • (2011). Aging in America Conference in San Francisco, CA. (April 26-30).
  • (2010). M.E. McCall. “International Views on Government, Market and Civil Society Roles in 21st Century  Aging Policies.” Symposium at the The Gerontological Society of America's 63rd Annual Scientific              Meeting. New Orleans, LA (November 19-23).
  • (2010). M. E. McCall, J.I. Fawcett, and B.A. Chersky. “Institutional Capacity for Inclusive Excellence: The Mission of a Catholic College.” American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) Conference        on Diversity, Learning, and Pathways to Inclusive Excellence . Houston, TX (October).
  • (2009).M.E. McCall, T. Anme, A. Lowenstein, C. Henning, M. Jegermalm, & A. Scharlach. “Supporting Elders in Various Cultural Contexts: The Role of Governments, Markets, and Civil Society in Israel, Japan, Sweden and the United States.” Presentation at the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics. Paris, France (July).
  • 2009 Anme, T., McCall, M.E., Moriyama, M. & Uzuhashi, T. “Empowerment in health and community      settings.” Invited symposium for the First Asia-Pacific Conference on Health Promotion and Education.           Chiba, Japan (June)

Funded Grants/Contracts:

  • (2008). Grant awarded from Saint Mary's College of California Alumnae Association Faculty Development Grant to travel to Japan to lecture and complete book project with colleague at Tsukuba University. ($2,400).
  • (2007). Faculty Development award to attend a workshop entitled “Challenging Assumptions: Religious Faith, Genetic Science and Human Dignity” put on by the Pacific Institute for Ethics and Social Policy in Portland, Oregon. (October).
  • (2003). JAFA Fellowship from Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare to support travel to Japan to Study     aging services and policies. (2 weeks in January).
  • (2003). Grant awarded from Saint Mary’s College Alumnae Association Faculty Development Grant to travel to Cuba to study social policies on aging. ($4,000).
  • (2003). Grant awarded from the Dartmouth Institute for Genetics and Ethics to attend a 1-week institute on   Developing a course outline for teaching a course on the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of The Human Genome Project. ($2,000).
  • (2002). Grant prepared for submission to the California Health Care Foundation, entitled: The Efficacy of 3 Model Supportive Housing Programs for Low-Income Seniors (not submitted due to management changes at research site).
  • (2000-2002). Evaluator – Grant awarded by the State Department of Mental Health for Supportive Housing Initiative Act to provide on-site multidisciplinary physical and mental health services to very-low-income seniors, living in federally-subsidized housing. (services donated).
  • (1999). Consultant to the Northern California Presbyterian Homes and Services for the Aged – Analysis of survey done on the ethical issues related to end-of-life issues (e.g., pain management, extraordinary means,      etc.).Data analysis and final report. (services donated).
  • (1999-2000) Research Grant awarded from California Policy Research Center California Program on Access to Care (CPAC) for project: “Exploring the Need for Assisted Living Services: A Profile Of Unmet Health Needs of Very Poor Elders Living in Federally Subsidized Housing.” ($50,093).

Professional Experience:

Doctoral Research Faculty, School of Human and Organizational Development, Fielding Graduate University (2011-2012) 

Other Professional Activities:

  • Professor of Psychology, Saint Mary’s College of California (1988-present)
  • Director, Ethnic Studies, Saint Mary’s College of California (2010-2012)
  • Coordinator of Diversity Education and Initiatives, Saint Mary’s College of California (2010-2012)
  • Director of Institutional Research, Saint Mary’s College (2008-2010)
  • Dean of Students, Saint Mary’s College (1999-2000)
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