Sara Honn Qualls, PhD

Sara H. Qualls


Professor, Kraemer Family Professor of Aging, Director of Gerontology Center
Ph.D.: The Pennsylvania State University, 1983
Therapy orientation: Cognitive-Behavioral, Family Systems
Area: Clinical Psychology; Adult Development and Aging
Office: Lane Center 357
Phone: (719) 255-8038
UCCS Faculty Website

Professor Sara Qualls is Professor of Psychology and Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs where she also serves as Director of the Gerontology Center.  She is a practicing clinical psychologist who helped establish the UCCS Aging Center in Colorado Springs which provides mental health services for older adults.  She has published six books on mental health and aging topics.  Her research focuses on family development and clinical interventions for later life families, innovative approaches to senior housing, and applied technology interventions to improve well-being of older adults.

Research Areas:

Clinical geropsychology, mental health and aging, family therapy, family development, family decision-making, early detection of dementia.

Representative Publications:

Qualls, S. Honn (in press). Aging and cognitive impairment. In D. K. Snyder & M. A. Whisman (Eds.), Treating difficult couples: Managing emotional, behavioral, and health problems in couples therapy. New York: Guilford.

Silva-Smith, A.L., Feliciano, L., Kluge, M. A., Yochim, B. P., Anderson, L. N., Hiroto, K. E. & Qualls, S. H. (2011). The Palisades: An interdisciplinary wellness model in senior housing. The Gerontologist. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnq117

Qualls, S. H., Scogin, F., Zweig, R., & Whitbourne, S. K. (2010). Predoctoral training models in professional geropsychology. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. 4, 85-90.

Segal, D. H., Qualls, S. H., & Smyer, M. A. (2011). Aging and mental health (2nd ed). Hoboken, NJ: Blackwell-Wiley.

Qualls, S. H. & Kasl-Godley, J. (2010). End of life care. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing.

Qualls, S. H., & Zarit, S. H. (2009). Aging families and caregiving: a clinician’s guide to research, practice, and technology. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Publishing.

Qualls, S.H. & Anderson, L. (2009). Family therapy in later life. Psychiatric Annals, 39, 844-850.

Knight, B., Karel, M.., Hinrichsen, G., Qualls, S. H., & Duffy, M. (2009). Pikes Peak model for training in professional geropsychology. American Psychologist, 64, 205-214.

Foster, S., Layton, H., Qualls, S. H., & Klebe, K. (2009). Tailored caregiver therapy: Consumer perspectives on outcomes. Clinical Gerontologist, 32, 177-197.

Qualls, S. Honn (2008). Caregiver family therapy. In B. Knight & K. Laidlaw (Eds.), Handbook of emotional disorders in older adults (pp. 183-209). Oxford University Press.

Owens, S. J., & Qualls, S. Honn (2002). Family involvement during a geropsychiatric hospitalization. Journal of Clinical Geropsychology, 8, 87-99.

Qualls, S. Honn (2000). Therapy with aging families: Rationale, opportunities, and challenges. Journal of Aging and Mental Health, 4, 191-199.

Qualls, S. H. & Abeles, N. (Eds.) (2000). Psychology and the Aging Revolution: Dialogues about Theory, Research, and Practice. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Books.

Smyer, M. A. & Qualls, S. Honn (1999). Aging and Mental Health. London: Blackwell.

Qualls, S. Honn (1999). Realizing power in intergenerational family hierarchies: Family reorganization when older adults decline. In M. Duffy (Ed.), Handbook of Counseling and Psychotherapy with Older Adults (pp. 228-241). New York: J. Wiley & Sons.