Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Administration
Samara is a PhD student interested in health policy, program implementation and public decision-making. Samara’s research centers on the public infrastructure available to support older Americans, particularly in meeting their long-term care needs.
Samara’s vocational experience is focused in social work and she has practiced in both institutional and community-based settings. As the program director of a private long-term care facility, she spearheaded the training and development needed to convert her assisted living to a memory care unit. She has also operated state and federally funded community-based long-term care programs as both staffing supervisor and case manager. In these roles, she has helped scores of participants access the resources to support a healthy and safe life in their residence of choice.
Throughout her career, Samara has worked with a wide variety of stakeholders including individuals with dementia, developmental disabilities and mental illness as well as with nonprofit organizations, public programs and local governing bodies.