About Us

Our Mission

The mission of CRADO is to develop and evaluate essential supports and services designed to maximize the independence and wellbeing of older adults and individuals with disabilities.  We engage in community-driven, strengths-based research to help guide policy and practice focused on key health and social service transitions. Educating the next generation of leaders in our field is integral to our mission.  


Dr. Rosemary Chapin serves as the Director of the Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options. She is an award-winning teacher and researcher, possessing extensive program development experience in the social policy arena.  After receiving her PhD, she worked as a Research/Policy Analyst for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, where she was involved in crafting numerous long term care reform initiatives. In 1989, she joined the faculty at the University of Kansas, where she established and currently directs the Center for Research on Aging and Disability Options (formerly OALTC). She has been recognized at both the state and federal level for her social policy research and advocacy. Dr. Chapin was recently awarded the prestigious Steeples Award for her policy practice work on behalf of older adults. In addition to numerous articles and book chapters on social policy, she has also co-authored a text and various book chapters on the use of the strengths approach in social work practice with older adults.

  • Dr. Rosemary Chapin's Vitae (doc) -Updated October 2016

CRADO works nationally, internationally and at the state level to improve services for older adults. Many of our initiatives have focused on rural as well as urban elders with the goal of allowing people to remain living in and contributing to their communities throughout their lives.


Meet Mayhawk: She has long been our Center's mascot. She is not Jayhawks' grandmother, but rather his older girlfriend.





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