CJE SeniorLife Welcomes Dr. Margaret Danilovich as New Senior Director of Leonard Schanfield Research Institute

CHICAGO, November 7, 2019 – CJE SeniorLife is pleased to welcome Dr. Margaret Danilovich as the agency’s new Senior Director of the Leonard Schanfield Research Institute, CJE’s in-house applied research division. In this role, Danilovich will oversee all of the research and quality improvement efforts throughout CJE’s comprehensive network of programs and services for older adults and their families. Danilovich earned her BA in Exercise Science and Natural Science from Concordia University, Doctor of Physical Therapy from Northwestern University, PhD in Public Health Sciences-Gerontology from University of Illinois at Chicago, and is currently an MBA candidate at Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management. A board-certified geriatric physical therapist, she has practiced her entire career in long-term care settings.  

Dr. Margaret Danilovich

“Dr. Danilovich’s passion and compassion for CJE’s mission and the people we serve are clearly evident,” said Dan Fagin, CJE’s President and CEO. “Her significant experience as a leader in the field of eldercare research, along with a deep understanding of the applied research world, will be a strong complement to CJE and will be invaluable as we continue to explore even more ways to develop and sustain vital programs that benefit our seniors.” 

Dr. Danilovich’s PhD dissertation focused on training home care aides to deliver an exercise intervention to their clients. This work was given the American Public Health Association and Retirement Research Foundation Doctoral Student Award recognizing outstanding students for exceptional research. She has also been awarded the Gerontological Society of America Carroll Estes Rising Star Award and the Douglas Holmes Emerging Scholar Award which acknowledges outstanding early career contributions in social research, policy, and practice.

The focus of Dr. Danilovich’s research is on exercise and physical activity interventions for older adults with frailty. On faculty at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine since 2014, her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, The Retirement Research Foundation, the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the American Physical Therapy Association.

A leader in the field of gerontology, she currently chairs the research committee for the Health Policy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. She has authored over 15 research articles, regularly presents her research nationally, and conducts continuing education throughout the country on best practices in providing care for older adults. She has also been a columnist for CNN, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Crain's Chicago Business, and The Hill on advocacy issues regarding Medicare policies and older adults.

Commenting on her appointment, Danilovich said, “I am excited to join CJE SeniorLife, an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults. I see enormous opportunities to integrate research throughout CJE’s many services and residences, while also working with CJE staff to develop clinically relevant research questions that are of importance to older adults and their loved ones. Caring for older adults is such a wonderful privilege, so I’m thrilled to be working at an agency dedicated to improving the lives of this population.”


Since 1972, CJE SeniorLife has enhanced the lives of older adults and their families through an innovative, comprehensive network that includes life enrichment programs, supportive resources, healthcare, research and education. CJE is a partner with the Jewish United Fund in serving our community. For more information about CJE services, call 773.508.1000 or visit www.cje.net.

Contact: Nicole Bruce
Phone: 773.508.1026
E-Mail: Nicole.Bruce@cje.net