|Professor and Director Gerontology Program|
Graduate Coordinator – Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Gerontology Program
Department of Human Services
218 Health Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403
Dr. Orel received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at Bowling Green State University in 1978. She received her Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling in 1983 from the University of Toledo and in 1999 she received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Toledo. Prior to joining the faculty at Bowling Green State University, she was the Executive Director of the Washtenaw County Council on Aging (Ann Arbor, Michigan). Dr. Orel’s professional background as a licensed professional counselor includes over 16 years of clinical experience working with older adults.
Dr. Orel’s research and the publications of that research have focused on intergenerational relationships with diverse family structures (e.g., multigenerational caregiving families, grandparent headed families) and the needs and concerns of vulnerable populations of older adults (i.e., Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender [LGBT] elders, older adults with HIV/AIDS).
Orel, N., & Fruhauf, C. (Eds.) (in press). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) older adults and their families: Current research and clinical applications. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Orel, N. (in press). Investigating the needs and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults: The use of qualitative and quantitative methodology. Journal of Homosexuality – invited special issue.
Orel, N., & Fruhauf, C. (2013). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Grandparenting. In A. Goldberg & K. R. Allen (Eds.). LGBT parent families (177-192). New York: Springer Publishing Company.
King, S., & Orel, N. (2012). Midlife and older gay men living with HIV/AIDS: The influence of resiliency and psychosocial stress factors on health needs. The Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 24, 346-370.
Orel, N., & Watson, W. (2012). Addressing diversity in sexuality and aging: Key considerations for healthcare providers. Journal of Geriatric Care Management, 22(1), 13-18.
Vance, D., McGuinness, T., Orel, N., & Fazeli, P. (2011). Successful aging and the epidemiology of HIV. Clinical Interventions in Aging, 6, 181-192.
Stelle, C., Fruhauf, C., Orel, N., & Landry-Meyer, L (2010). Grandparenting in the 21st century: Issues of heterogeneity in grandparent-grandchild relationships. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 53(8), 682-701.
Orel, N. (2010). Intergenerational relationships and informal care within the family: Addressing the needs of auxiliary caregivers. Journal of Intergenerational Relationships. 8(2), 200-202.
Orel, N. (2010). Elder abuse, neglect and maltreatment in institutions. In B. Fisher, & S. Lab (Eds.) Encyclopedia of Victimology and Crime Prevention (pp. 350- 354). New York: Sage Publishing Company.
Fruhauf, C., Orel, N., & Jenkins, D. (2010). The coming-out process of grandfathers: Perceptions of their adult children’s influence. In C. Fruhauf & D. Mahoney (Eds.). Older GLBT family and community life (pp. 96-115). New York: Routledge.
Orel, N., Stelle, C., Watson, W., & Bunner, B. (2010). No one is immune: A community education partnership addressing HIV/AIDS and older adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 29(3), 352-370.
Emlet, C., Gerkin, A., & Orel, N. (2009). The graying of HIV/AIDS: Preparedness and needs of the aging network in a changing epidemic. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 52, 803-814.
Recent Honors and Awards:
2013 President’s Award. Area Office on Aging of Northwest Ohio. In recognition of outstanding contributions to senior citizens and the field of aging.
2010 Invited national participant of the White House HIV and Aging Meeting.
2010 Campus Compact’s 2010 Thomas Ehrlich Award for Service-Learning – Finalist.
2008 HIV/AIDS Service Award. Ohio Department of Health
2006 Community Service Award. Ohio Association of Senior Centers.
2004-2005 Clyde R. Willis Faculty Development Award. College of Health and Human Services