Rajean P. Moone, PhD


Full CV



  1. University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, Minneapolis Minnesota

  • Ph.D. Social Work (2008)

  • Minnesota Nursing Home Administrator License (#3786)

  1. Saint Cloud State University, Saint Cloud Minnesota

  • M.S. Gerontology (2004)

  1. College of Saint Scholastica, Duluth Minnesota

  • B.A. Psychology (2000)

  • Minor: Gerontology

  • Human Services Concentration – Older Adults




University of Minnesota Twin Cities

  • College of Continuing & Professional Studies
  • School of Public Health
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • Position: Long Term Care Administration Faculty Director (2018)
  • Associate Director for Education – Center for Healthy Aging & innovation (2020)
  • Director of Graduate Studies – Gerontology Minor (2020)
  • Adjunct Faculty – School of Social Work (2008)
  • Advisor – Aging Studies Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (2020)
  • Facilitator – Age-Friendly University of Minnesota (2020)
  • Senator – Faculty Senate (2020)
  • Member – Campus Curriculum Committee (2020)
  • Member – Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Project (2020)
  • Member – Life Course Center (2020)
  • May 2018 – Present


Moone Consulting, Inc.

  • Position: Proprietor
  • January 2008 – Present
  • Contract: Minnesota Department of Human Services Housing & Support Services Division


Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging

  • The Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging creates communities and systems that support aging with dignity and a spirit of well-being in Minnesota emphasizing health equity and healthy communities. The primary foci include Age-Friendly communities and diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • Position: Executive Director
  • April 2015 – April 2020


Training to Serve

  • Since 2008, Training to Serve (TTS) has worked to improve the quality of life of LGBT people as they age. The program offers dynamic, culturally-responsive trainings on LGBT aging to healthcare and other service providers. In 2018, TTS merged with the newly formed non-profit JustUs Health.
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • Position: Executive Director
  • August 2013 – December 2018


Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging

  • MAAA is the designated regional Area Agency on Aging for the seven-county metropolitan area of the Twin Cities.
  • Saint Paul, MN
  • Position: Interim Director of Programs & Advocacy
  • November 2016 – June 2017


Greater Twin Cities United Way

  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Position: Independence (Aging and Disability) Manager
  • January 2012 – June 2014 (Consulted 2009)


Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging

  • Saint Paul, MN
  • Position: Special Projects Coordinator
  • September 2003 – January 2008


Minnesota Department of Human Services/Minnesota Board on Aging

  • Saint Paul, MN
  • Position: State Programs Administrator Senior – Aging/Resource Integration Specialist
  • March 2001 – December 2003


Arrowhead Regional Development Commission/Arrowhead Area Agency on Aging

  • Duluth, MN 55802
  • Position: Senior LinkAge Line® & Northern MN Area Geriatric Education Center Coordinator
  • January 2000 – March 2001




  • 2020 Sigma Phi Omega Honor Society in Gerontology
  • 2018 Catherine F. Croghan Award for LGBT Aging Advocacy
  • 2017 Gerontological Society of America Fellow
  • 2012-2013 Health and Aging Policy Fellow / APSA Congressional Fellow
  • 2008 City of Cottage Grove Special Recognition Award
  • 2008 Saint Paul Foundation Facing Race Ambassador
  • 2006-2008 Hartford Doctoral Fellowship
  • 2005-2006 Hartford Pre-Dissertation Award (inaugural cohort)
  • 2005 Shelley Joseph Kordell Scholarship (inaugural recipient)
  • 2005 Minnesota Gerontological Society Bloedow Graduate Scholarship
  • 2004 University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Geriatric Rural Health Fellowship
  • 2003 Department of Human Services Outstanding Achievement Award
  • 2002 Marjorie Carpenter Award for Excellence in Information and Referral
  • 1998-2000 Walter Eldot Scholarship in Gerontology
  • 1998-2000 Frances Lavine Scholarship in Gerontology
  • 1998-2000 Ronald E. McNair Scholar
  • 1998 MN Association of Education Opportunity Program Personnel Award
  • 1997 Benedictine Health Center Auxiliary Scholarship
  • 1996-2000 Benedictine Scholar
  • 1994-1995 Open Door Student Exchange Scholarship to Study in Moscow, Russia





  1. Canadian Journal on Aging

  2. Educational Gerontology (Editorial Board)

  3. Journal of Applied Gerontology

  4. Journal of Family Social Work

  5. Journal of Gerontological Social Work

  6. Journal of Homosexuality

  7. The Gerontologist


Peer Review – In Review

McLaughlin, A. & Moone, R.P. (In review). Supply management in long term care: A case study.

Moone, R.P., Lightfoot, E, Suleiman, K.A., Kutzler, C., Otis, J., Turck, K., & Yun, H. (In review). Friend and family caregiver perceptions of loosening COVID-19 restrictions.


Peer Review – Published/In Press

  1. Croghan, C.F., Moone, R.P. & Olson, A. (2015). Friends, family and caregiving among midlife and older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults. In de Vries, B. & Croghan, C. (Eds). Community-based Research on LGBT Aging. New York City: Routledge.
  2. Croghan, C.F., Moone, R.P. & Olson, A. (2015). Working with LGBT Baby Boomers and older adults: Factors that signal a welcoming service environment. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.
  3. Croghan, C.F., Moone, R.P. & Olson, A. (2014). Friends, family and caregiving among midlife and older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adults. Journal of Homosexuality, 61, 79-102.
  4. Davitt, J. & Moone, R.P. (2017). Social workers uniquely positioned to create and support health care systems for older adults with complex chronic conditions. Journal of Gerontological Social Work 60, (3), 173-177.
  5. Edelman, L.S., Drost, J., Moone, R.P., Owens, K., Towsley, G.L., Tucker-Roghi, G. & Morley, J.E. (2020). Applying the Age-Friendly Health Systems framework to long term care settings. The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging (2020). DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12603-020-1558-2
  6. Kirkendall, A.M., Waldrop, D., & Moone, R. (2012). Caring for people with intellectual disabilities and life-limiting illness: Merging person-centered planning and patient-centered, family-focused care. Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care, 8, (2), 135-150.
  7. Knochel, K.A., Croghan, C., Moone, R. & Quam, J. (2012). Training, geography and provision of aging services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender older adults. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 55 (5), 426-443.
  8. Lightfoot, E., Heejung, Y., Moone, R.P., Otis, J., Suleiman, K., Turck, K., & Kutzler, C. (2020). Changes to family caregiving of older adults and adults with disabilities during COVID-19. Gerontology and Geriatrics Medicine.
  9. Lightfoot, E. & Moone, R.P. (2020). Caregiving in times of uncertainty: Helping adult children of aging parents find support during the COVID-19 outbreak. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2020.1769793
  10. McCarron, H.R., Wright, A., Moone, R.P., Toomey, T., Osypuk, T.L., & Shippee, T. (2020). Assets and unmet needs of diverse older adults: Perspectives of community-based service providers in Minnesota. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, (13), 1. 
  11. Moone, R.P., Cagle, J.G., Croghan, C.F., & Smith, J. (2014). Working with LGBT older adults: An assessment of employee training practices, needs and preferences of senior service organizations in Minnesota. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.
  12. Moone, R.P., Croghan, C.F., & Olson, A.M. (2016). Why and how providers must build culturally competent, welcoming practices to serve LGBT elders. Generations, (40), 2.
  13. Moone, R., Lightfoot, E, Suleiman, K.A., Kutzler, C., Otis, J., Turck, K., & Yun, H. (2020). Change in family caregiver roles and interactions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Innovations in Aging, 4, (S1), 935-938. DOI: 10.1093/geroni/igaa057.3427
  14. Moone, R. & Lightfoot, E. (2009). Social marketing strategies for reaching older people with disabilities: Findings from a survey of Centers for Independent Living participants. Journal of Social Work in Disability and Rehabilitation, 8, (2), 65-81.
  15. Moone, R. (2007). Aging at the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work: Historiography of gerontological curriculum. Educational Gerontology, 33, (11), 955-968.
  16. Moone, R. & Cagle, J.G. (2011). A content analysis of Aging Network conference proceedings. Educational Gerontology, 37, (11), 955-1008.
  17. Moone, R. & Cagle, J.G. (2009). An analysis of end-of-life content in aging network conference proceedings. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 30, 130-145.
  18. Rydholm, L., Moone, R., Thornquist, L. & Owen, E. (2008). How faith community nurses facilitate access to care for elderly people. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 34, (4), 18-29.


Book Reviews

  1. Moone, R. (2016). Ageing, gender and sexuality: Equality in later life. The Gerontologist. Doi: 10.1093/geront/gnw097
  2. Moone, R. (2012). The Alzheimer’s solution: How today’s care is failing millions and how we can do better. Journal of Gerontological Social Work.
  3. Moone, R. (2009). Aging and work in the 21st century. Activities, Adaptation, & Aging, 33, (1), 54.


Other Publications

  1. Croghan, C.F. & Moone, R.P. (2011). Wisconsin elder readiness: A lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lens. Milwaukee, WI: Cream City Foundation.
  2. Croghan, C.F., Moone, R.P., & Olson, A. (2012). 2012 Twin Cities LGBT aging needs assessment survey. Minneapolis: Greater Twin Cities United Way.
  3. Knochel, K., Croghan, C.F., Moone, R.P., & Quam, J.K. (2010). Ready to serve? The Aging Network and LGB and T older adults. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota.
  4. Knochel, K., Croghan, C.F., Moone, R.P., & Quam, J.K. (2010). Ready to serve? PFund Foundation Report of the Aging Network and Old Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People. Minneapolis: PFund Foundation.
  5. Lightfoot, E., Moone, R. & Toft, J. (2005). An exploratory study on serving older persons through Centers for Independent Living: Final report. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota.
  6. Moone, R. Croghan, C. F. (2010). Area agencies on aging play vital role in bringing about better outcomes for GLBT elders. Aging Today Online, Spring 2010, (4).
  7. Moone, R. (2005). The graying of America: Implications for information & referral. Information & Referral, 27, 19-28.
  8. Moone, R. & Rosenberg, A. (1999). Knowledge of aging and attitudes towards gerontology education among college faculty. McNair Scholarly Journal.
  9. Spuit, P., Hancox, D., Houston, K., Moone, R., & Peterson, E. (2012). Demographic Report: Older adults and people with disabilities. Minneapolis: Greater Twin Cities United Way.


2020-2021 Statewide & National Presentations


  1. Becker, T., Joan, D, & Moone, R. (April 6, 2021). Sociopolitical Trends and Aging Network Training: An Analysis of National Conference Proceedings. Annual Conference of the American Society on Aging.
  2. Becker, T., Joan, D, & Moone, R. (November 4, 2020). A Follow-Up Content Analysis of Aging Network Conference Proceedings: Aligning Research and Practice. Annual Conference of the Gerontological Society of America.
  3. Moone, R., Lightfoot, E., Abdi Suleiman, K., Kutzler, C., Otis, J., Turk, K., & Yun, H. (November 5, 2020). Changes in Family Caregiver Roles and Interactions During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Annual Conference of the Gerontological Society of America.
  4. Moone, R. (March 2021). Minnesota’s New Assisted Living: Moving Forward with Regulatory Reforms. Annual conference of the Minnesota Social Services Association.
  5. Moone, R. (October 29, 2020). Policy and Systems Updates. Annual conference of the Minnesota Association of Geriatrics Inspired Clinicians (MAGIC).
  6. Moone, R. (October 21, 2020). Silver Tsunami, Golden Opportunity: How We Think About Aging in Research, Policy and Practice. Meeting of the Twin Cities Research Network.
  7. Moone, R. (June 25, 2020). Combined Policy Meeting of the Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association and the St. Paul Area Senior Workers Association.
  8. Moone, R. (May 5, 2020). Age-Friendly Practices. Annual Meeting of Lyngblomsten.
  9. Moone, R. (March 23, 2020) Assisted Living. Minnesota Social Services Association.
  10. Moone, R. (March 24, 2020) Person Centered Practices and Informed Choice in Housing for People with Disabilities. Minnesota Social Services Association.
  11. Vick, J., Laborde, K., Sanders, A., & Moone, R. (January 21, 2021). Spotlight on Age-Friendly States: Health & Housing Interventions and Policies. Tennessee Health & Housing Summit.


Other Past National & International Conference Presentations


  1. Creating Change

  2. Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting

  3. International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology – European Region

  4. National Association of Area Agencies on Aging Annual Conference

  5. Society for Research in Adult Development

  6. Volunteers of America National Housing Conference


State & Regional Conference Presentation Settings


  1. Age & Disability Odyssey Conference

  2. Care Providers of Minnesota (ACHA/NCAL affiliate) Annual Conference

  3. Department of Human Services Children’s Mental Health Conference

  4. LeadingAge Minnesota Annual Institute & Tradeshow

  5. Minnesota Association of Geriatrics Inspired Clinicians (AMDA/AGS affiliate) Annual Conference

  6. Minnesota Gerontological Society Annual Conference

  7. Minnesota Leadership Council on Aging Annual Summit

  8. Minnesota Medical Association Physician Webinar

  9. Minnesota Social Services Association Conference

  10. NASW – MN Chapter Annual Conference

  11. Salvation Army Statewide Conference

  12. St. Paul & Minneapolis Senior Workers Association Joint Public Policy Meeting

  13. University of Minnesota Alumni Association




Courses Taught

  1. Aging & Disability Policy

  2. Clinical Research Project

  3. Gerontology and Geriatrics for Health Services Executives

  4. Gerontology and Services

  5. Gerontology in LTC

  6. Grant Writing and Fundraising

  7. Health Care Policy & Law

  8. Historical Origins and Contemporary Policies and Programs in Social Welfare

  9. History & Philosophy of Social Work

  10. History of Social Welfare

  11. Health & Mental Health Policy

  12. Health & Medical Needs in LTC

  13. Introduction to Gerontology

  14. LTC Supports & Services

  15. Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Aging

  16. Organizational Management in LTC

  17. Policy & Program Development

  18. Psych-Social Aspects of Aging

  19. Regulatory Management and Law in LTC

  20. Research Methods

  21. Role and Function of Boards and CEOs

  22. Social and Cultural Aspects of Aging


  1. University of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minnesota

  • 2005 – Present

  • School of Social Work & Health Services Management/Long Term Care Administration

  1. University of Saint Thomas / Saint Catherine’s University, Saint Paul, Minnesota

  • 2012 – 2018

  • School of Social Work

  1. Capella University

  • 2012 – 2014

  1. Saint Cloud State University, Saint Cloud Minnesota

  • 2006

  • Community Studies Department / Gerontology Program


Grant Awards


Practice Related Grants

While serving as Executive Director the following organizations awarded funds to my organization for programs and services:

  • Mardag Foundation

  • F.R. Bigelow Foundation

  • Stevens Square Foundation

  • Northland Foundation

  • Medica Foundation

  • Minnesota Board on Aging

  • Department of Human Services

  • University of New Mexico Project ECHO (funding provided by federal AHRQ)


Academic Related Grants

  • Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program

  • John H. Hartford Foundation Doctoral Fellow

  • National Health and Aging Policy Fellowship (Atlantic Philanthropies in partnership with Columbia University and the American Political Science Association)


I have an R01 NIH grant application under review.


Grant Reviews


  1. U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration

  • Federal funding for the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program

  1. Greater Twin Cities United Way

  • Private funding for the Health & Independence area for seniors and people with disabilities

  1. Metropolitan Area Agency on Aging

  • Federal funding for Title III of the Older Americans Act

  1. Minnesota Department of Human Services

  • State funding for Live Well at Home grants

  1. Minnesota Department of Health

  • Eliminating Health Disparities Initiative

  1. Mardag Foundation

  • Rural aging in place initiative


Government Appointments


  1. Minnesota Governor’s Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota (2020 – 2022)

  2. Minnesota Department of Human Services Home & Community Based Services Partners Panel (2015 – 2020)

  3. State of Minnesota Own Your Future Advisory Council (2015 – April 2020)

  4. Department of Veterans Affairs Geriatrics Research, Education and Clinical (GRECC) Advisory Subcommittee (2020)

  5. Minnesota Department of Health Assisted Living Rulemaking Committee (2019 – 2020)


Current Service to Community


  1. Care Providers of Minnesota Foundation (AHCA/NCAL affiliate) (board trustee)

  2. FamilyMeans (board member)

  3. Gerontological Society of America SRPP Committee on Interest Groups Representative (now advisory group)

  4. Minnesota Association of Geriatrics Inspired Clinicians (Society for Post-Acute and LTC affiliate) board member)

  5. Minnesota Gerontological Society (board member, conference chair, committee member)

  6. SHIFT Leadership Advisory Committee (member)

  7. University of Minnesota Faculty Senate (senator)



Past Service to Community


  1. Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-Dakotas Chapter Center at Duluth (advisory committee member)

  2. Cerenity Care Center Marian of Saint Paul (volunteer)

  3. Citizens League Aging Service Policy Review Group (co-chair)

  4. City of Cottage Grove Human Services / Human Rights Commission (chair)

  5. Faith Community Nurse Network (board member)

  6. Gerontological Society of America Rainbow Research Group (co-convener)

  7. Inver Hills Community College Academy for Lifelong Learning Committee (member)

  8. Ivey Awards (volunteer)

  9. JustUs Health Community Advisory Board (board member)

  10. Legacy Homes @ Cobblestone Lake North Shore (board member)

  11. Living Longer, Stronger in Dakota County (committee member)

  12. Minnesota Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (board member)

  13. Office of Ombudsman for Older Minnesotans (volunteer advocate)

  14. Opportunity Partners (board member)

  15. Partners for Women’s Equality (board member)

  16. Shelley Joseph Kordell Award Steering Committee (member)

  17. Training to Serve (board member)

  18. University of Minnesota Health Services Management Faculty Director Search Committee (member)

  19. University of Minnesota School of Social Work Director Search Committee (member)


Professional Memberships


  1. Gerontological Society of America (GSA)

  • Fellow

  • Social Research, Policy and Practice (section member)

  • Rainbow Research Group (former convener, member)

  1. Minnesota Gerontological Society (MGS)

  • Technology Committee

  • Conference Committee

  1. Minnesota Association of Geriatrics Inspired Clinicians

  • Board Member

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