Laura Seff has been a Research Associate with The Center on Aging since April 1999. She holds a B.A. from Tulane University and a M.B.A. from the Kenan-Flagler School of Business Administration of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Ms. Seff has 20 years of experience providing management, professional consultation, and research services in a number of service industries in the public and private sectors. Her career includes administrative services in both the Center for Development and Learning (School of Medicine) and the Department of Biostatistics (School of Public Health) at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and senior management responsibility for corporate quality for Sterling Healthcare Group, Inc. and for quality and other operational functions for United Home Care Services, Inc.

As a Research Associate with The Center on Aging, Ms. Seff has served as project manager for evaluation and analysis of a model assisted living facility in senior public housing, a five-county caregiver needs assessment, a federally-funded demonstration project to help caregivers of frail elders, and operations and consumer satisfaction of a state-funded Medicaid HMO. She recently completed a project that involved analysis of unmet service needs among elders living in a targeted area of Miami-Dade County as well as specific projections of volume of service needs and cost of meeting those needs, by type of service.

Ms. Seff's current research interests include domestic violence and older women (currently completing a 24-month research project funded by the National Institute of Justice), pre-crisis planning for long-term care, issues surrounding the challenges of informal caregiving for frail or cognitively-impaired elders, and methodologies for evaluation and analysis of programs and services provided to community and institutional-dwelling older persons.
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