Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center


The Howard University Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center (HU-MGC) was established in 1992 (circa) under the leadership of former dean and provost, Dr. Richard A. English. Originally funded with a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center began its work with the mission to serve as a knowledge base and program resource to promote the effective transfer, dissemination, and utilization of information on the minority elderly and provide Information, consultation, and other forms of technical assistance to the public, the aging network, voluntary organizations and other public and private sector organizations.

Technical assistance will be provided through consultation and collaboration with other academic institutions. State and area agencies on aging, public, private and voluntary agencies regarding at-risk minority older persons, especially the eldercare needs of African-Americans and their families. The HU-MGC is currently located at Howard University's School of Social Work on the third floor, under the leadership of Dr. Robert Cosby, who works to uphold the center's mission and its values.


  • Social Media and Older Persons: Exploring use of social media as intervention and marketing
  • Falls Prevention: Increasing awareness of techniques used to prevent falls
  • Cultural Competence: Focus on diversity of aging population with specific emphasis on vulnerable groups
  • Substance Use and Psychopharmacology: Understanding treatment approaches and new interventions
  • Mental Health-Forgiveness Theme: Knowledge related to importance of forgiveness to well being
  • Financial Wellness: Provide information on housing choices and retirement communities
  • Ethics and Alzheimer's Disease-Person-Centered Care: Application of a Human Center Design and factoring in the ethical principles of the procedural functionality of the design in relation to Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia 


Howard University Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center (MGC) and the DC Department on Aging and Community Living (DACL) have maintained a professional partnership for over 20 years. Collectively, the collaboration has provided over 100 professional development opportunities with regard to the elderly population in the community each year.

 The collaboration provides seminars and workshops for professional and paraprofessional staff of the District of Columbia's Department on Aging and Community Living  Senior Service Network, social work and other professional students; and the general community serving older adults and persons with disabilities in the greater metropolitan Washington community.

Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center Newsletter Archive

Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center Newsletter brings awareness to issues affecting older adults from first person accounts, to services and supports, health and wellness issues, to current and pressing issues of concern among the aging adult population.

Click the links below to access archived editions of the newsletter.


Inabel Lindsay Hall, Bldg, #53 School of Social Work, Room 220
601 Howard Place, NW Washington, DC 20059
Fax: 202-387-4309

Dr. Robert Cosby
Director of the Multidisciplinary Gerontology Center