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College of Human Ecology

Maggie Syme

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

253 Justin Hall


MPH in Epidemiology (2012), San Diego State University
PhD in Counseling Psychology (2009), University of Kansas
M.A. in Counseling Psychology (2004), Gonzaga University
B.A., in Psychology, Religion (2002), Whitworth University

Credentials and/or Certifications

Certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health
Licensed Psychologist

Area(s) of Specialization

Sexuality and Aging
Sexual Decision-Making in Long Term Care
Research Methods
Program Planning

Courses Taught

GERON 600 Seminar in Gerontology
GERON 705 Sexuality and Aging

Professional Biography

Maggie Syme is an assistant professor in gerontology in the Center on Aging and serves as a faculty member in the School of Family Studies and Human. Her background is in counseling psychology and public health, with a doctoral degree from the University of Kansas and MPH from San Diego State University. Her clinical postdoctoral training was concentrated in geropsychology and neuropsychology as well as a research postdoc in cancer health disparities and aging. Prior to coming to K-State, Dr. Syme was a Research Assistant Professor at San Diego State University working on grant-funded research from the Alzheimer’s Association on sexual decision-making among cognitively compromised older adults. Her research interests are centered on sexual health in later life and across the lifespan, sexual decision-making in long-term care residents, and person-centered long-term care.

Vita (pdf)