Mary A. Hart

Assistant Professor and director, Gerontology program

Department of Nursing and Health Sciences


Hart came to California University in 1982 to develop a service/lab component for the newly created gerontology program. In that capacity, she founded the Center in the Woods and for 22 years served as executive director. Center in the Woods is an agency that became nationally known for its model programs for rural older adults, including supportive housing, geriatric primary care, adult day services, intergenerational shared housing, exercise, wellness and education programs. She serves as director of the gerontology program at Cal U. In this role, she advises all students with a major in gerontology and all students pursuing the aging specialist  certificate. She teaches a variety of gerontology courses. 

Hart has authored several articles and co-authored two books based on her work at the center: "Beyond Baskets and Beads: A Manual of Culturally and Age Appropriate Activities for Older Adults with Functional Impairments" and "In Search of the Starfish: Creating a Caring Environment." She has presented regionally and nationally and serves on the board of directors of Presbyterian SeniorCare Network. She has won numerous awards for her development of innovative programs for rural elders and commitment to community service, including Presbyterian SeniorCare's Samuel K. McCune Award for Distinguished Service in Aging, the C.B. Wilson Distinguished Faculty Award from the California University Alumni Association, California University's Faculty Recognition Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Area of Service (1996) and California University's Faculty Scholarship Award in the Area of Faculty Scholarship (1992).

Hart lives in Long Branch, Pa., and enjoys sailing, kayaking, skiing, golfing and almost any outdoor activity.

  • Bachelor's degree: Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Graduate Aging Specialist Certification: University of Nebraska
  • Master's Degree in Gerontology and Business Administration: Duquesne University


Phone: 724-938-4288

Office: Hamer Hall Room 132