Turner Goins will be conducting research in collaboration with the Māori of New Zealand to examine factors that influence healthy aging among that indigenous group.

Western Carolina University’s Turner Goins has been involved in research focusing on aging among indigenous populations around the U.S. for nearly two decades, but her latest project is taking her outside the states and more than 8,000 miles away from WCU’s campus to New Zealand.

Goins traveled to Auckland, the largest city in that southwestern Pacific island nation, in early January with her husband and the couple’s young son to lay the groundwork for a research project she will undertake as recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Scholar award. She plans to take a qualitative approach in examining the meanings, beliefs and practices of healthy aging among a group of older Māori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. Her project officially begins Feb. 1 and will continue through June.

Goins, WCU’s Ambassador Jeanette Hyde Distinguished Professor of Gerontological Social Work, was one of three WCU faculty members announced as recipients of Fulbright Scholar awards in early 2017.

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Originally published January 16, 2017. Written by Randall Holcomb.


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