Ph. D., Human Services, Walden University (2013)
M. A., Gerontology, Georgia State University (2018)
M. A. Ed., Community Counseling, Malone University (2006)
B.S., Paralegal Studies, Dyke College (1984)
Dementia Care Research
Dr. Pamela Manley is a project manager with the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University, where she oversees an NIH/NIA grant-funded research study entitled, “Meaningful Engagement and Quality of Life among Assisted Living Residents with Dementia” (Principal Investigator, Dr. Candace Kemp). This 5-year qualitative study investigates engagement strategies and opportunities, quality-of-care, and quality-of-life concerns for persons with dementia in assisted living. Pamela is credentialed as a human services-board certified practitioner (HS-BCP) by the Center for Credentialing and Education. In addition, Pamela was certified as an At-Risk Adult Crime Tactics Specialist by the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services.
Prior to her current role, and while earning a master’s degree in gerontology, Pamela was a graduate research assistant for Dr. Chivon Mingo in her research of health disparities affecting aging African Americans with chronic health conditions. Areas of Pamela's professional expertise include qualitative research, conducting literature reviews, scholarly writing, qualitative interviewing, NVivo coding and analysis, data management, and research team leadership.
In addition to dementia care, Pamela’s research interests include caregiver lived experiences; minority health disparities; quality-of-life concerns for people living with severe mental illness; social determinants of mental health; trauma, racism, and bias in behavioral health service delivery; effects of internal and societal stigma on people with mental health conditions and their families; life course perspective, and critical race and intersectionality theories.