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Center on Aging welcomes new associate director

April 7, 2009

The Center on Aging is pleased to welcome Tammi Vacha-Haase, Ph.D., to its leadership team. Vacha-Hasse serves as the Center's associate director for community relations and outreach. She is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology and has been a faculty member at Colorado State University since 1998. She joins Manfred Diehl, Ph.D., director, and Christine Fruhauf, Ph.D., associate director for Education.

Campus-wide collaboration

The addition of Vacha-Haase to the leadership team is another step in transforming the Center on Aging into a campus-wide entity for aging-related research, education, and outreach.

In her role as associate director for community relations and outreach, Vacha-Haase will focus on continuing the Center’s commitment to the surrounding community and its older adults by fostering current relationships as well as developing additional connections with the community. 

Spearheading several initiatives

Vacha-Haase will be spearheading several initiatives, including an initiative that may provide counseling services to CSU employees who have aging family members and an initiative to offer counseling and clinical services to older adults and their families as part of a Center on Aging clinic.

Vacha-Haase is a faculty member in the counseling psychology program where she teaches graduate courses in geropsychology, and supervises doctoral students who provide clinical services. In 2005, she established the Gerontological Research, Education, Assessment, and Treatment (GREAT) team, consisting of counseling psychology doctoral students who are dedicated to increasing the well being of older adults through clinical practice, direct services, and gerontological research. Vacha-Haase and her students have received national recognition and received numerous awards for their work with older adults.

Specific interests in long-term care

A licensed psychologist, Vacha-Haase has been involved at the national level in geropsychology training, and has received external funding as well as published and presented in the area of applied aging research. Given her specific interests in long-term care, her recent projects include research on patient aggression toward staff members, attitudes of staff and peers regarding issues of sexuality and sexual orientation in nursing home residents, and staff reaction to patient death. She serves as the consulting psychologist for several local long-term care facilities, where she provides direct client services and family support, as well as staff education.


Since its inception in 2000, the Center on Aging has focused on improving the lives of older adults and their families in the state of Colorado by facilitating interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach/service in the field of aging. The Center currently has 49 faculty affiliates from various colleges and departments at Colorado State and is housed in the College of Applied Human Sciences.

Contact: Manfred Diehl
Phone: (970) 491-1767