Family Social Science
1985 Buford Avenue
St Paul, MN 55108
Areas of Interest
Medical geriatric social work
Geriatric education initiatives
Families, health, and mental health
End-of-life & family processes
Family Policy Issues
Grief & loss
Hospice & palliative care
Ph.D., Family Social Science, University of Minnesota
M.S.W., Social Work, University of Minnesota
L.G.S.W. (Liscensure), Minnesota Board of Social Work
M.A., Family Social Science- Gerontology, University of Minnesota
B.S., University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Honors & Awards
Outstanding Student Award, CEHD, University of Minnesota (2008)
Freidman Award for best paper on Children and Families, School of Social Work, U of MN (2008)
NCFR Association of Councils Outstanding Graduate Student Research Paper Award (2008)
Janice Hogan Scholarship, Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota (2007)
College of Liberal Arts Top Graduating Senior Award University of Wisconsin - La Crosse (2002)
College of Liberal Studies "Recognition of Excellence" Award, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse (2002)
Senior Excellence Award, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse (2002)
Teaching & Learning
Lecturer for Family Policy, University of Minnesota, August 2008 - Present
Instructor for Aging and Families, University of Minnesota, January 2008– May 2008. Duties: Lecture, lead discussion, grading, all duties of class function.
Teaching Assistant for Sexuality and Gender in Families and Close Relationships, University of Minnesota, January 2004-May 2004, August 2005 – May 2006. Duties: Grading papers, managing grade spreadsheet, class preparations.
Teaching Assistant for Aging and Families, University of Minnesota, January 2005 – May 2005. Duties: Grading tests, managing grade spreadsheet, provide assistance to students.
Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Psychology, University of North Dakota, August 2002 – May 2003. Duties: Teach four lab sections, grade tests and lab work, grade keeping.
Research & Discovery
Research Assistant, University of Minnesota, with Dr. Jan McCulloch, Department of Family Social Science, January 2004-present, 15 hours weekly. Duties: Conduct literature reviews, collaborate on qualitative research focused on medical decision making in women and older farmers and depression. Also: conduct interviews with participants, article writing.
Research Assistant, University of Minnesota, with Dr. Priscilla Gibson, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota. September 2006-present, ten hours weekly. Duties: Conduct literature reviews, collaborate on qualitative research focused on Kinship care in Ramsey County.
Research Assistant, University of Minnesota CAP program, June 2003-May 2004. Duties: Assisted researchers in examining the effects of environment on memory within an assisted living facility for those with memory loss. Observation in the cottage, testing of individuals with memory loss, data entry, transcribing, collaboration of ideas and data with other researchers.
McCulloch, J., Lassig, S., & Matzek, A. Older White adults and mental health. Submitted for publication in Mental Health Across Racial Groups: Lifespan Perspectives (Book chapter) November 2007
Lassig, S.L. (January 2006). LGBT Elders Organizing on their Own Behalf. Roundtable piece in the Winter of 2006 publication of Outword ( A publication of the American Society On Aging)
Lassig, S.L. (2008) Saying Goodbye during a Terminal Illness: Processes and Meanings Voiced by Older Adults. (November 2008, Gerontological Society of America Conference, National Harbor, Maryland.
Lassig, S.L. & McCulloch, B.J. (November 2007, at the National Council on Family Relations Conference) Paper Presentation: Older women’s Ethic of Care
Lassig, S.L. (2005, December). Healthcare Decision Making: The Role of Family. Breakout Session presented at the December 2nd Minnesota Council on Family Relations Conference, St. Paul, MN.
Graumann, C., Caron, W., & Lassig. S.L. (2004). Spirituality in the Face of Dementing Illness, Roundtable presentation, 2004 Minnesota Council on Family Relations Conference, April 22, 2004, Roseville, MN.
Rogne, L., Mori, M., Elliott, K., & Lassig, S.L. (2004). Assessing Quality of Life in Memory Care Assisted Living: An Examination of a Social Model of Care. Minnesota Health & Housing Alliance Annual Institute and Exhibition, February 4-6, 2004, Minneapolis, MN.
Lassig, S.L. (2002, May). Facing the Losses: Gender Differences in Anticipatory Grief of Spouses of Alzheimer's Victims. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Psychological