Stephen Sapp, Ph.D. (Emeritus)



Stephen Sapp has taught at the University of Miami since 1980. In addition to publishing a number of articles in journals such as Second Opinion, Journal of Religious Gerontology (which he edited from 1994 to 1999), Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, and Journal of Religion and Health, he is the author of three books—Sexuality, the Bible, and Science (1977), Full of Years: Aging and the Elderly in the Bible and Today (1987), and Light on a Gray Area: American Public Policy on Aging(1992)—and a widely distributed booklet, When Alzheimer's Disease Strikes (rev. ed. 2002). He is past chair of the Governing Council of the Forum on Religion, Spirituality, and Aging (FoRSA) of the American Society on Aging (ASA) and edited FoRSA's newsletter, Aging & Spirituality, from 1993 to 1999. He was the 2002 recipient of the ASA Award, the organization's highest award for contributions to the field of gerontology, and the 2010 FoRSA Award. Founding president of the South Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, from 1990 to 2007 Dr. Sapp chaired the Bioethics Committee of Miami Children's Hospital, where he was Fellow in Clinical Ethics in the Division of Critical Care Medicine in 1996. He is past chair of the University of Miami 's Social and Behavioral Sciences Institutional Review Board and chaired the Faculty Senate from 2006 to 2009. His research interests include ethical issues in Alzheimer's disease, the role of religion and spirituality in aging, the impact of aging on American society, end-of-life and issues in pediatric and geriatric populations.