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department of Health Promotion Sciences
Robert John 

Robert John , Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Phone: (405) 271-2017, ext 46755
Office: The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
801 Northeast 13th Street, Room 461
Post Office Box 26901
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73126-0901


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  • Aging; Applied Sociology/Social Policy; Family; Health; Minorities; Political Economy/Social Stratification
Recent Publications
  • John, R., Kerby, D. S., & Landers, P. S.  (in press).  A market segmentation approach to nutrition education among low-income individuals.  Social Marketing Quarterly.

    John, R.  (2004).  Health status and health disparities among American Indian elders.  In K. E. Whitfield (Ed.), Full-color aging: Closing the gap:  Improving the health of minority elders in the new millennium. Washington, DC: Gerontological Society of America.

    John, R.  (2004).  American Indian aging.  Fourth edition.  Brief Bibliography: A selective bibliography for gerontology instruction.  Washington, DC: The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

    John, R.  Our Elders Lived It: American Indian Identity in the City, by D. D. Jackson.  Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology 18 2003, 101-103. (book review)

    John, R., Kerby, D. S., & Hennessy, C. H. (2003). Patterns and impact of comorbidity and multimorbidity among community-resident American Indian elders. The Gerontologist, 43 (5).

    Kerby, D. S., Brand, M. W., & John, R.  (2003).  Anger types and the use of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco among Native American adolescents.  Preventive Medicine 37, 485-491.

    John, R., Hennessy, C. H., Dyeson, T. B., & Garrett, M. D. (2001). Toward the conceptualization and measurement of caregiver burden among Pueblo Indian family caregivers. The Gerontologist, 41(2), 210-219.

    Baird, A., John, R. & Hayslip, B., Jr. (2000).  Custodial grandparenting among African Americans: A focus group perspective.  In B. Hayslip, Jr. & R. Goldberg-Glen (Eds.), Grandparents raising grandchildren: Theoretical, empirical, and clinical perspectives (pp. 125-144).  New York: Springer.

    John, R. (2000).  Social science and the state of American Indian aging research.  Res Scolaris, 5, 12-16.

    John, R., Hennessy, C. H., & Kerby, D. S.  (2000).  The impact of arthritis on American Indian and Alaska Native elders. The IHS Primary Care Provider, 25 (5), 78. Click here for PDF image

    Hennessy, C. H., John, R. & Anderson, L. A.  (1999).  Diabetes education needs of family members caring for American Indian elders. Diabetes Educator, 25(5), 747-754.

    Hennessy, C., John, R., & Roy, L. (1999). Long-term care service needs of American Indian elders: The Indian Health Service Santa Fe Service Unit. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Click here for PDF file of Executive Summary

    John, R. (1999). Aging among American Indians: Income security, health, and social support networks. In T. P. Miles (Ed.), Full-color aging: Facts, goals, and recommendations for America’s diverse elders (pp. 65-91).  Washington, DC: Gerontological Society of America. 

    John, R. (1999). Minority family caregiving.  Testimony at U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Field Hearing.  Monroe, LA.  Click here for testimony

    John, R., Hennessy, C. H. & Denny, C. H. (1999). Preventing chronic illness and disability among Native American elders. In M. L. Wykle & A. B. Ford (Eds.), Serving minority elders in the 21st century (pp. 51-71).  New York: Springer.

    John, R. & McMillian, B.  (1998).  Exploring caregiver burden among Mexican Americans: Cultural prescriptions, family dilemmas.  Journal of Aging and Ethnicity, 1(2), 93-111.

    Dietz, T. L., John, R., & Roy, L. C. (1998). Exploring intra-ethnic diversity: Patterns and levels of service utilization among four groups of Hispanic elderly. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 46(3), 247-266. 

    Hennessy, C. H. & John, R. (1998). Assessing elders' long-term care needs in the Santa Fe Service Unit. The IHS Primary Care Provider, 23(10), 137. 

    John, R. (1998). Native American families. In C. H. Mindel, R. Habenstein and R. Wright, Jr. (Eds.), Ethnic families in America (4th ed., pp. 382-421). New York: Prentice-Hall. 

    John, R. (1998). American Indian aging.  Third edition. Brief Bibliography: A selective bibliography for gerontology instruction. Washington, DC: The Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

    McMillian, B. & John R. (1997). Working with Hispanic elders and their families: Overcoming barriers to service utilization. Southwest Journal on Aging, 13(2), 51-62.

    John, R. (1997). Aging and mortality among American Indians: Concerns about the reliability of a crucial indicator of health status. In K. S. Markides & M. Miranda (Eds.), Minorities, aging, and health (pp. 79-105). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

    John, R., Resendiz, R., & de Vargas, L. W. (1997). Beyond familism?: Familism as explicit motive for eldercare among Mexican American caregivers. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 12, 145-162.

    John, R. Blanchard, P. H. & Hennessy, C. H. (1997). Hidden lives: Aging and contemporary American Indian women. In J. M. Coyle (Ed.), Handbook on women and aging, (pp. 290-315). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

    John, R., Dietz, T. L. & Roy, L. (1997). Setting priorities in aging populations: Predictors of service use among Mexican American female elders. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 9(1), 69-85.

    Hennessy, C. H. & John, R. (1996). American Indian family caregivers' perception of burden and needed support services. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 15(3), 275-293.

    John, R., Hennessy, C. H., Roy, L. & Salvini, M. L. (1996). Caring for cognitively-impaired American Indian elders: Difficult situations, few options. In G. Yeo (Ed.), Ethnicity and the dementias, (pp. 187-203). Washington, DC: Taylor & Francis.

    John, R. (1996). Demography of American Indian elders: Social, economic, and health status. In G. D. Sandefur, R. R. Rindfuss, & B. Cohen (Eds.), Changing numbers, changing needs: American Indian demography and public health (pp. 218-231). Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

    John, R., Dietz, T. L., Gittings, R., Roy, L. C., & Salvini, M. L. (1996). Improving American Indian eldercare through enhanced community educational resources. Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 17(1), 65-82.

    John, R. & Baldridge, D. (1996). The NICOA report: Health and long-term care for American Indian elders. A Report by the National Indian Council on Aging to the National Indian Policy Center. Washington, DC.

    John, R., Dietz, T. L., Gittings, R., & Roy, L., Salvini, M. (1996). Training in support of the American Indian eldercare campaign: Replication of an American Indian home-care training program. Educational Gerontology, 22(8), 723-734.

    Roy, L., Dietz, T. L. & John, R. (1996). Determining patterns of formal service use among Mexican American elderly: Improving empirical techniques for policy and practice. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 26(3-4), 65-81.

    Hennessy, C. H. & John, R. (1995). The interpretation of burden among Pueblo Indian caregivers. Journal of Aging Studies, 9(3), 215-229.

    John, R. (1995). American Indian and Alaska Native elders: An assessment of their current status and provision of services. Rockville, MD: Indian Health Service. Click here for PDF file of Executive Summary

    Yee, B. W. K., Castro, F. G., Hammond, W. R., John, R., Wyatt, G. E., & Yung, B. R. (1995). Risk-taking and abusive behaviors among ethnic minorities. Health Psychology, 14(7), 622-631.

    John, R., Salvini, M., Gittings, R., Dietz, T. L., & Roy, L.  (1995).  Training in support of the American Indian Eldercare Campaign:  Mobilizing resources to serve at-risk Indian elders.  Final report to the Administration on Aging grant # 90AT0520. Click here for PDF file of Executive Summary

    John, R. (1994). American Indian elders' health, income security, and formal and informal support systems: The need for praxis. BOLD, Quarterly Journal of the U.N. International Institute on Ageing, 4(4), 7-13.

    John, R., Hermanson, M., Huntzinger, P., Sellon, D. & Barney, D. (1994). Expanding the quantity and quality of home care workers to serve American Indian elders: A model training program. In J. Handy and C. K. Schuerman (Eds.), Challenges and innovations in home care (pp. 77-87). San Francisco, CA: American Society on Aging.

    John, R. (1994). Health research, service and policy priorities of American Indian elders. In C. Barresi (Ed.), Health and minority elders: An analysis of applied literature 1980-1990 (pp. 136-161). American Association of Retired Persons-Minority Affairs.

    John, R. & Huntzinger, P. (1994). The legacy of the Columbian exchange: A policy analysis of American Indian aging at the Quincentennial. Southwest Journal on Aging, 9(2), 23-30.

    John, R. (1994). The state of research on American Indian elders health, income security, and social support networks. In Minority elders: Five goals toward building a public policy base (2nd ed., pp. 46-58). Washington, DC: The Gerontological Society of America.

    John, R. (1991). Family support networks in a Native American community: Contact with children and siblings among Prairie Band Potawatomi elders. Journal of Aging Studies, 5(1), 45-59.

    John, R. (1991). Defining and meeting the needs of Native American elders: Applied research on their current status, social service needs, and support network operation. Final report to the Administration on Aging grant # 90AR0117/01.  13 volumes. Distributed to depository libraries in microfiche March 1, 1991. Government Document # HE23.3002:N 21/4/v.1-13 

    John, R. (1988). Use of cluster analysis in social service planning: A case study of Laguna Pueblo elders.  Journal of Applied Gerontology, 7(1), 21-35.