Dr. Berman joined Leonard Schanfield Research Institute in 2006 as the Co-Investigator for the E-Care and the Self-Care Pain Management Pilot Studies. As a researcher and program evaluator, Dr. Berman is committed to identifying priorities for building knowledge that can be used to effectively address the concerns, needs and preferences of older people and their families.
Dr. Berman has worked in the field of aging as an educator, researcher, evaluator, and trainer since receiving her doctorate in Anthropology through Northwestern University's Program in Ethnography and Public Policy. From 1993 to 2008 she served on the faculty of the Masters in Gerontology Program at Northeastern Illinois University where she periodically servs as a part time faculty.
In 2005, she received the Part Time Faculty Recognition Award from the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education and in 2006 she was awarded the Part Time Faculty Excellence Award from NEIU.
From 2000 to 2005 Dr. Berman also served as a Research Assistant Professor at the Buehler Center on Aging, Health and Society (previously the Buehler Center on Aging), Feinberg School of Medicine, at Northwestern University. While at the Buehler Center, she co-directed a training and technical assistance project to build the capacity of social service agencies to conduct evaluation research. Currently she is an affiliate of center.
Dr. Berman has also been an independent research and evaluation consultant since 1990, providing evaluation technical assistance and training to social service providers. She has authored a number of articles and is a frequent presenter at national conferences.