Aaron Seaman

Aaron Seaman ,

Postdoctoral Research Scholar
Department of Internal Medicine

Aaron Seaman, PhD, is a postdoctoral research scholar in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa, having received his PhD from the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago. Dr. Seaman’s research focuses on how patients and their families understand health and illness as they age and how those understandings inform their decisions about care and treatment. A medical anthropologist, he uses ethnographic and other qualitative methods to investigate the effects of clinical interaction, as well as the broader cultural context, on patient understanding, experience, and possibilities for action. To date, his research has centered primarily around patients and their families in the contexts of early-onset dementia and cancer.


Keywords: family, caregiving, aging in place, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, decision-making

Aging in Society, Humanities & Public Policy
Health Care
Public Health
Social Sciences