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Home About Us Press Room Archived Press Releases 2013 Press Releases Sullivan-Marx Earns GSA’s 2013 Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award

For Immediate Release
August 15, 2013

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Sullivan-Marx Earns GSA’s 2013 Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has chosen Eileen M. Sullivan-Marx, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean of the  New York University College of Nursing, as the 2013 recipient of the Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award.

This distinguished honor, presented by GSA’s Health Sciences Section, is given to a member of the Society in recognition of outstanding and sustained contribution to geriatric nursing research.

The award presentation will take place at GSA’s 65th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 20 to 24 in New Orleans. This conference is organized to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, educators, and practitioners who specialize in the study of the aging process. Visit www.geron.org/annualmeeting for further details.

Sullivan-Marx joined the New York University College of Nursing in 2012 as the dean and the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor. She is a nationally recognized leader in the care of older adults, advanced practice nursing payment, sustaining models of care using advanced practice nurses locally and globally, and developing health policy in community-based, long- term care settings. Her distinguished body of research has focused on improving functional outcomes of older adults, studying factors that promote and prevent exercise in the community for frail older adults, and advancing nursing roles in interprofessional teams.

For much of her career, she was affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, where she served as a professor of scholarly practice, the associate dean for practice & community affairs, and Shearer Endowed Term Chair for Healthy Community Practices. There Sullivan-Marx led and integrated the award-winning practice and community mission that included the school’s Program of All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE), its Living Independently For Elders (LIFE) program, the Healthy in Philadelphia Initiative, Penn Nursing Consultation Service, the Penn Council of Nurses, and the Center for Professional Development. She is a Distinguished Alumni of the University of Rochester School of Nursing. In 2008, she chaired the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Commission on Senior Care Services, and was also a Health and Aging Policy Fellow and senior advisor to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services, from 2010 to 2012.

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,400+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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Mildred M. Seltzer Distinguished Service Recognition

Presented to C. Joanne Grabinski, PhD, Eastern Michigan University, and Mary Alice Wolf, PhD, Saint Joseph University.

This award honors colleagues who are near retirement or recently retired. Recipients are individuals who have been actively involved in AGHE through service on committees, as elected officers, and/or have provided leadership in one of AGHE’s grant-funded projects.

Administrative Leadership Award

Presented to Tammy M. Bray, PhD, Oregon State University

This award honors administrators on AGHE member campuses who have made exceptional efforts in support of gerontology or geriatrics education.

David A. Peterson Gerontology & Geriatrics Education Best Paper of the Volume Award

Presented to Nina M. Silverstein, PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston; Elizabeth Johns, MS, University of Massachusetts Boston; and Judith A. Griffin, MA, MS, University of Massachusetts Boston, for the article “Students Explore Livable Communities.” Honorable mention is given to Emily J. Robbins, MS, Miami University; Jennifer M. Kinney, PhD, Miami University; and Cary S. Kart, PhD, Miami University, for the article “Promoting Active Engagement in Health Research: Lessons Learned from an Undergraduate Gerontology Capstone Course.”

The purpose of this award is to recognize excellence in scholarship in academic gerontology in AGHE’s official journal, Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.

Graduate Student Paper Award

Presented to Deborah Gray, MBA, University of Massachusetts Boston, for the paper “Weight and Wealth: The Relationship between Obesity and Net Worth for Pre-Retirement Age Men and Women.”

This award acknowledges excellence in scholarly work conducted by an AGHE Annual Meeting student attendee.

Book Award for Best Children’s Literature on Aging

Presented to Caitlin Dale Nicholson and Leona Morinn-Nelson for “Niwechihaw/I help” in the primary reader (pre-K to 2nd grade) category, and Ann Grifalconi and Jerry Pickney for “Ain’t Nobody A Stranger to Me” in the elementary reader (3rd to 5th grade) category.

This award recognizes portrayals of meaningful aging in children’s literature.