Ms. Berthelot is an assistant professor in residence of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Connecticut. She is also the director of the Aging Research Interest Group. Her research and advocacy is primarily about access to healthcare for people who are over 65 and for people with disabilities. She earned her Masters degree in social work from Syracuse University, after which she designed, implemented, and then coordinated a Joint Commission accredited hospice program in the Mississippi delta. Finding herself fascinated by the legal and ethical questions surrounding death and dying, Ms. Berthelot pursued her law degree at the University of Mississippi. After graduating, cum laude, Ms. Berthelot joined the Center for Medicare Advocacy, a national not-for-profit law firm. As a senior attorney, Ms. Berthelot oversaw the Center’s advocacy efforts. She also provided legal advice and representation to Medicare beneficiaries, wrote articles for national publications, produced educational materials, engaged in educational outreach activities, and was a contributing author to the Medicare Handbook. Ms. Berthelot is a former chair of the steering committee for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys’ Health Care Section and she is the former Connecticut liaison for National Healthcare Decisions Day. She is currently a member of the Mansfield Town Council.