Elizabeth Levaro

Human Development and Family Studies

Office: 141 Heritage Hall
Phone: 715/232-2217


Ph.D. Human Development and Family Studies
Oregon State University

M.S. Human Development Counseling
Vanderbilt University

B.A. German and Psychology (summa cum laude)
University of Maryland

Research Interests

  • Intragenerational relationships in late life: Relationships among siblings, friends, and lovers
  • Intergenerational relationships in late life, especially between aging parents and their adult children
  • Old men -- never-married, divorced, and widowed -- and their social connections
  • The intersection of age relations and gender relations
  • Ageism, age identity, and age denial
  • Late-life sexuality
  • Internet dating in late life
  • Death, dying, and bereavement
  • Hospice and cultural competence of hospice staff and administration
  • Qualitative research methods

Courses Taught

At Stout

  • HDFS 115: Healthy Couple Relationships
  • HDFS 330: Human Development: Early and Middle Adulthood
  • HDFS 340: Human Development: Late Adulthood
  • HDFS 332: Death and Bereavement

At Oregon State University

  • HDFS 201: Contemporary Families in the U.S.
  • HDFS 240: Human Sexuality
  • HDFS 313: Adolescent Development
  • HDFS 314: Adult Development and Aging
  • HDFS 406: Leadership Seminar
  • HDFS 456: Special Topics: End-of-Life Issues