Amy Kostelic

Associate Extension Professor
Phone (859) 257-1763
Fax (859) 257-3212

Family Sciences
305 Funkhouser Building
Lexington KY 40506-0054

Professional Profile

Amy Kostelic joined the Extension family in 2008 as the State Specialist in Family Life Education and as an assistant professor in Family Sciences where she teaches a course on Lifespan Development and Behavior.  Dr. Kostelic has focused both her professional work and research on working with older adults and improving quality of life along the long term care housing continuum.  Current research examines the concept of institutional permeability as it relates to quality of life and well being for the individuals residing and working in nursing facilities. Longitudinal qualitative research incorporates narrative interview techniques with family caregivers and those living with Alzheimer's disease to further examine meanings of home and adjustment through memory loss.  Dr. Kostelic has a wide range of experience in long term care settings and with working with professional and family caregivers.  She is anxious to apply her expertise to individual and family development across the state of Kentucky.

Dr. Kostelic is a member of the Gerontological Society of America and Sigma Phi Omega Gerontology Honor Society.      

Course Instruction

FAM 254: Life Course Human Development


Quality of Life
Meaning of Home
Life Course

Extension Emphases

Individual and Family Development
Adult Development
Aging Issues


Ph.D., Gerontology, University of Kentucky, 2006
M.S., Rehabilitation Counseling, St. Cloud University, 2001
B.S., Psychology and Religion, Augustana College, 1999