Julie Overton, MSG, MHA is a supportive housing and long term care specialist, whose primary expertise is in the area of home modification. Formerly the Program Manager of the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification at the University of Southern California Andrus Gerontology Center, her most recent research focused on analysis of state home modification efforts, specifically California, and ascertaining the environmental coping strategies of caregivers and care recipients via focus groups. Ms Overton is currently�the Training and Resource Development Specialist for the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification as well as the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence. She coordinates the Center's Executive Certificate Program in Home Modification, including teaching�two online courses: "Home Modification: The Basics and Beyond" and "Home Modification: Raising�Community Awareness and Coalition�Building."
Ms. Overton was the Program Manager for several Administration on Aging funded National Resource Centers at the USC Andrus Gerontology Center over the past 18 years. She has published over 20 reports and articles including the "The National Directory of Home Modification and Repair Programs," and "Critical Factors Affecting the Growth of Assisted Living," and presented over 50 workshops on home modification and accessibility issues to professionals, consumers, and caregivers. Ms. Overton has organized and led several local home modification coalitions in California, comprised of professionals and consumers dedicated to improving the local housing stock. Ms. Overton is a founding member of the National Home Modification Action Coalition, a group of national associations and experts dedicated to increasing the availability and awareness of the importance of supportive home environments. She has a Masters of Science in Gerontology and a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Southern California.