Social Sciences Faculty

Lawrence Force

Professor of Psychology

Director of The Center on Aging and Disability Policy at MSMC


Doctor of Philosophy, SUNY/ Albany, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy
Master of Arts, New School for Social Research
Bachelor of Arts, Iona College

Office:  Whittaker Hall, Room 202
Office Hours: T/TH 11:30-12:30; F 12:30-1:15; and by appointment
Phone: 845-569-3164


Professor Force, a gerontologist, has worked in the field of aging and disabilities for over 30 years as an administrator, clinician and educator. Dr. Force is a professor of psychology and the director of the Center on Aging and Disability Policy at Mount Saint. Mary College. Professor Force has authored and collaborated on books, articles, chapters, monographs and technical reports that address topics of: aging policy, development of aging coalitions with AAA's, life-long disabilities, community-based programs for individuals with specialized needs, adult day services, Alzheimer's disease, family caregiving and end-of-life care.

Among his many published works in this field, Professor Force is co-author of End-of Life Care: A Guide for Supporting Older People with Intellectual Disabilities & their Families and Gerontology: An Interactive Text. Dr. Force was sponsored as a Summer Institute Fellow at the National Institute on Aging and the RAND Corporation. Professor Force was funded as a Principal Investigator (PI) on a National Institute of Health (NIH) funded project and has presented his work at national and international conferences.


Awarded Kaplan Foundation Grant to support student-faculty research, 1995-Present.

NIH Grant: Determinants of Service Provision for the Disabled Aged, 2005-2009.

Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) Faculty Development Grant, Summer, 1995 and Summer, 1998.

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Gerontological Society of America (GSA)


National Institute of Health (NIH), Principal Investigator, Determinants of Preventive Service Provision by Area Agencies on Aging, 2006-2009

RAND Corporation Summer Institute on Epidemiology and Demography of Aging, Santa Monica, Calif. August 9-13, 1996

National Institute on Aging (NIA) Summer Institute on Aging Research, Washington, D.C. July 15 - July 22, 1995.

LCSW-R Licensed Clinical Social Worker / New York State Education Department

NBCCH – National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist

 Portrait of: Lawrence Force