2016 — Charter Fellow, International Association for Relationship Research
2012 — Distinguished Alumna Award for Outstanding Service to a Chosen Field, Mercyhurst University
2006 — Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech
2000 — Alumni Recognition Award, College of Health and Human Development, Pennsylvania State University
Ramsey, J. L., & Blieszner, R. (2012). Spiritual resiliency and aging: Hope, relationality, and the creative self. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Company, Inc.
Ramsey, J. L., & Blieszner, R. (1999). Spiritual resiliency in older women: Models of strength for challenges through the life span. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Blieszner, R., & Bedford, V. H. (Eds.). (2012). Handbook of families and aging (2nd ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger.
Savla, J., Wang, Z., Roberto, K. A., & Blieszner, R. (2016). Deficit awareness in persons with mild cognitive impairment and family care partners. Families, Systems, and Health. doi: 10.1037/fsh0000230
Potter, E., Roberto, K. A., Brossoie, N., & Blieszner, R. (2016). “Decisions, decisions: African American families’ responses to Mild Cognitive Impairment.” Research on Aging. doi: 10.1177/0164027516655581
Komelski, M., Blieszner, R., & Miyazaki, Y. (2016). “Curriculum, practice, and diet predict health status among experienced Taiji and Qigong practitioners.” TheJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
Roberto, K. A., & Blieszner, R. (2015). “Diverse family structures and the care of older persons.” Canadian Journal on Aging, 34(3), 305–320. doi:10.1017/S0714980815000288
Blieszner, R. (2014). “The worth of friendship: Can friends keep us happy and healthy?” Generations 38(1), 24–30.
“Families in Rural Appalachia Caring for Older Relatives with Dementia.” Co-investigator with Joyti S. Savla & Karen A. Roberto. Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Research Award Fund, $45,000 (2016–2017).
“Support for Editorial Office Operations, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.” Contract with Gerontological Society of America, $224,348 (2008–2012).
“Caring for a Spouse with Mild Cognitive Impairment: Daily Challenges, Marital Relations, and Physiological Indicators of Health.” Co-investigator with Dr. Karen A. Roberto (PI) and Dr. Jyoti Savla (Co-investigator). Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Research Award Fund, Virginia Center on Aging, $40,000, (2008–09).
“Understanding Mild Cognitive Impairment: Family Dynamics and Diversity.” Co-investigator with Dr. Karen A. Roberto, PI. Alzheimer’s Association, # IIRG-07-59078, $240,000 (2007–10).
Relationships and Well-Being
Mild Cognitive Impairment
Spirituality and Resiliency
Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences
Alumni Distinguished Professor
Assistant Vice Provost for Enrollment and Degree Management (2015–2017)
Associate Dean, Virginia Tech Graduate School (2009–2017)
Director of Strategic Planning, Office of the President, Virginia Tech (2001–2002)
President-elect, President, and Past President, Gerontological Society of America (2013–2015)