Reba Cornman was born in New York City. Her BA in Sociology and Urban Affairs was earned at the State University of New York, Albany. She attended Boston University School of Social Work in the gerontology concentration.
Reba became Director of the Geriatrics and Gerontology Education and Research Program in 1992. Under her leadership the GGEAR Program has expanded interprofessional training opportunities for professional degree students on this campus and around the state. The GGEAR Program partners with the Area Agencies on Aging; Area Health Education Centers, state and county public agencies and multiple non -profit organizations serving older adults throughout Maryland in providing both continuing education programs for licensed health care professionals as well as family caregivers.
The Maryland Gerontological Association recognized Reba’s achievements in the field of gerontology by giving her its 2011 Achievement Award. She has also received awards from the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center and Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center for her contributions to interprofessional outreach education.
Under her leadership, GGEAR has received numerous awards for its contributions to the field of aging including the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living for GGEAR’s medication management in assisted living web based modules.
Her professional memberships include the Maryland Gerontological Association, Gerontological Society of America, the American Geriatrics Society and the American Society on Aging.
Current Board and Advisory memberships include: The Johns Hopkins Geriatric Education Center Consortium (GGEAR has a subcontract with the GECC), The Copper Ridge Institute; The Catholic University of America’s Center for Global Aging; the Public Education Committee of the American Geriatrics Society and the Senior Services Committee for the Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation in Baltimore City.