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Interest Groups

The Society has many interest groups that are formed around a topic or issue that cuts across disciplines. Interest groups meet at the Annual Scientific Meeting and provide opportunities for networking, collaboration on research projects, and increased involvement for members and non-members in the conference program. For more information, please read the interest group section of the GSA Frequently Asked Questions page.

GSA's interest group policies are downloadable in PDF format. Each interest group sponsors an e-mail listserv to help its members keep current. Contact the conveners listed below to sign up. Please note that all contributions must adhere to the listserv protocols that GSA has established. GSA also is not responsible for the content , as outlined in this disclaimer. There is also a handbook for conveners to help them carry out their responsibilities.

Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Elderly People
Aging, Alcohol, and Addictions
Aging in Asia
Alzheimer's Disease Research
Assisted Living
Business and Aging
Chinese Gerontology Studies
Disasters and Older Adults
Economics of Aging
Emotion and Aging
Environmental Gerontology
Epidemiology of Aging
Gerontology PhD

Grandparents as Caregivers
Health Behavior Change
HIV, AIDS, and Older Adults
Hospice, Palliative, and End-of-Life Care
Hospital Elder Life Program
International Aging and Migration
Lifelong Disabilities
Measurement, Statistics, and Research Methods
Men's Issues
Mental Health Practice and Aging
Nursing Care of Older Adults
Nutrition
Older Workers
Oral Health


Qualitative Research
Rainbow Research Group
Religion, Spirituality, and Aging
Reminiscence and Aging
Research in Quality of Care
Research on Cancer and Aging
Researchers Based in Long-Term Care
Rural Aging
Societal Implications of Delaying Aging
Systems Research in Long Term Care
Technology and Aging
Transportation and Aging
Trauma, Aging, and the Life Course

Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Elderly People

Promotes better understanding and more effective response to elder abuse through research and coordinated action across disciplines and systems

Contact: Patricia Brownell, National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , and Gloria Gutman,, International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aging, Alcohol, and Addictions

Provides an opportunity for persons interested in the issues of elderly abuse of alcohol and drugs to meet, exchange, information and resources, and make contacts with persons who have similar interests. Visit the web site of Aging, Alcohol, and Addictions.

Contact: John W. Culberson, MD, Baylor College of Medicine, 2002 Holcombe, 110, Houston, TX, 77030, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Lawrence Schonfeld, PhD, University of South Florida, Florida Mental Health Institute, 13301 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MHC 1400, Tampa, FL, 33612, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Aging in Asia

GSA Aging in Asia Interest Group provides a venue for collaboration, mentoring, and resource exchange among researchers, practitioners, and others who have an interest in issues related to aging in Asia and among Asian immigrants living in the U.S. and other countries.

Contact: Farida Kassim Ejaz, Ph.D., LISW-S, Margaret Blenkner Research Institute, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging, Cleveland, OH, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Alzheimer's Disease Research

Promotes the collaboration of researchers and practitioners conducting basic or applied research on Alzheimer's Disease, and moves research into new directions. We welcome any questions and suggestions for collaborative work or collaborative symposia at GSA's annual conference.

Contact: Kritika Samsi, PhD, Research Fellow, King's College London, UK, +44 207-848-1665, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; and Jocelyn Shealy McGee, MSG, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Alaska Anchorage, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Assisted Living

Contact: Paula Carder, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute on Aging, School of Community Health, Portland State University, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Sheryl Zimmerman, PhD, Professor, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Co-Director, Program on Aging, Disability and Long-Term Care, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Business and Aging

Provides an opportunity for business schools, various sectors of gerontology, and the corporate world to share research and implement findings.

Contact: Gail Hunt, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Anthony Sterns, Creative Actions/University of Akron, 680 N. Portage Path, Akron, OH 44303, Tel. 330-867-9978, Fax. 330-867-6899, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Chinese Gerontology Studies

Contact: Iris Chi, DSW, University of Southern California, School of Social Work, Los Angeles, CA, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Bei Wu, PhD, University of North Carolina-Greensboro, The UNCG Gerontology Program, Greensboro, NC,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Ning Jackie Zhang, University of Central Florida, Doctoral Program in Public Affairs, Orlando, FL, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Terry Lum, PhD, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, School of Social Work, St. Paul, MN, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Disasters and Older Adults

This groups aims to appeal to academics, researchers, clinicians, healthcare providers (nursing homes, hospitals, medical facilities), program administrators (senior centers, meals on wheels, Area Agencies on Aging), and policymakers (state and federal) from all disciplines who provide care or services to older adults and are interested or concerned about their preparedness, response, and recovery from disasters.

Contact: Lisa M. Brown, PhD, Department of Aging and Mental Health Disparities, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Maggie Gibson, PhD, Veterans Care Program, St. Josephs Health Care London; Aging, Rehabilitation and Geriatric Care Research Program, Lawson Health Research Institute; Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario; London, Ontario, Canada, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Economics of Aging

Increases awareness and availability of on-going research in the economics of aging, and encourages and enhances data collection efforts.

Contact:
Christine E. Bishop, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Room 214, Schneider Institutes for Health Policy, Brandeis University, Mailstop 035, 415 South Street, P.O. Box 549110, Waltham, MA 02454-9110, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Emotion and Aging

Contact: Jean E. Kubeck, Adams State, Alamosa, CO 81102, telephone (719) 587-7010; fax: (719) 587-7873; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Nathan Consedine, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Environmental Gerontology

Contact: Migette Kaup, Department of Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design, 216 Justin Hall, College of Human Ecology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas 66506, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Julie Norstrand, MSc, MSW, School of Social Work, Boston College, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Kathy Sykes, US EPA - Aging Initiative, Washington, DC, 202-564-3651, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Epidemiology of Aging

Provides a forum for the application of epidemiologic principles to the study and the problems of aging, and improves the applications of epidemiologic principles to research throughout GSA.

Contact: Amy L. Byers, Ph.D., MPH, Assistant Professor, University of California, San Francisco, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Kenneth Covinsky, University of California, San Francisco, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics, San Francisco, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Gerontology PhD

Contact: Kelly Niles-Yokum, PhD, York College of Pennsylvania, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Kate de Medeiros, PhD, Cooper Ridge Institute, Sykesville, MD, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Grandparents as Caregivers

Recognizes the rapid increase over the past decade of grandparents serving as caregivers for their grandchildren, especially those taking on the role of primary caregivers. It brings researchers in this area together to increase GSA and the public's awareness of the special issues of this phenomenon.

Contact:Esme Fuller-Thompson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto, 246 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 1A1, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Health Behavior Change

Contributes a public health perspective to GSA and proactively addresses health status issues for older persons and the aging population in general.

Contact: Barbara Resnick, University of Maryland, 655 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD, 21201, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

HIV, AIDS, and Older Adults

Promotes research, policy, practice and advocacy to address the health and psychosocial needs of a diverse and growing population of adults aging with HIV and AIDS.

Contact: Dr. Mark Brennan-Ing, AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA), ACRIA Center on HIV and Aging, 575 Eighth Avenue, Suite 502, New York, NY 10018. Tel: (212)924-3934 ext 131, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Hospice, Palliative, and End-of-Life Care

Promotes research and education on hospice, palliative and end-of-life care issues for older persons, their family caregivers and health care providers.

Contact: Karen B. Hirschman, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Debra J. Dobbs, PhD, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Hospital Elder Life Program

Promote and encourages hospitals/individuals in developing and maintaining a structured program (HELP) to prevent delirium and functional decline in hospitalized older adults.  Additional information about HELP is available on the web at www.hospitalelderlifeprogram.org.

Contact: Heidi R. Wierman, MD, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME, wiermh@mmc.org

International Aging and Migration

Provides an opportunity for persons interested in the issues of aging and migration to meet, exchange information and resources, and make contacts with persons who have similar interests.

Contact: Allen Glicksman, PhD, Director of Research and Evaluation, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, 642 North Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19130-3409, Tel: (215) 765-9000, ex. 5517, Fax: (215) 765-9066, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Sandra Torres, Linkoping University
National Institute for the Study of Aging and Later Life (NISAL), Campus Norrkoping, 601 74 Norrkoping, Sweden, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Lifelong Disabilities

Links groups and individuals who research or provide for the special needs of older persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities, and helps to resolve issues of concern to them.

Contact: Yumi Shirai, University of Arizona, Sonoran University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Department of Family and Comminute Medicine,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Mary Ann Clute, Eastern Washington University, School of Social Work, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Krystal L. Culler, The University of Akron, Department of Psychology, Institute of Life-Span Development and Gerontology, Doctoral Student, Psychology of Adulthood and Aging, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Measurement, Statistics, and Research Methods

We promote the development and dissemination of state-of-the-art methods for the design, conduct and analysis of studies in gerontology.  Our members include senior experts as well as younger trainees, and are interested in a wide variety of issues related to measurement, statistics, and research designs.

Contact: Ravi Varadhan, Assistant Professor, Center on Aging and Heath, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2024 E. Monument Street, Suite 2-700, Baltimore, MD 21205-2223, Telephone: (410) 502-2619, Fax: (410) 614-9625, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Christopher L. Seplaki, Assistant Professor, Department of Community & Preventive Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 265 Crittenden Blvd, CU 420644, Rochester, NY 14642 USA, Voice: (585) 273-1549; Fax: (585) 424-1469; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Men's Issues

Provides a forum for practitioners and researchers interested in older men’s lives and how masculinities influence the experience of aging for men.

Contact: Charlie Stelle, Bowling Green State University, Department of Human Services,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Ed Thompson, PhD, Holy Cross College, Department Sociology & Anthropology, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mental Health Practice and Aging

Contact: Lindsey Jacobs, lead convener, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Latrice D. Vinson, co-convener, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Gaynell M. Simpson, past convener, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nursing Care of Older Adults

Disseminates effective nursing interventions for care of older adults, and advances the study of needs of older adults and their families by encouraging interdisciplinary communication and supporting the development of a scientific basis for nursing care of older adults.

Contact
: Kimberlee Gretebeck, PhD, RN, University of Michigan School of Nursing, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Cornelia Beck, PhD, RN, RAAN, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; Pamela Cacchione, PhD, APRN, BC, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Nutrition

Focuses on nutrition and nutrition research as important areas of gerontology, and raises the level of awareness of this fact within GSA by providing a forum for discussion.

Contact: Connie W. Bales, PhD, RN, Duke University Medical Center, Center on Aging, Box 3003, Durham, NC 27710, telephone: (919) 660-7519, fax: (919) 684-8569, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Christine S. Ritchie, M.D., This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Julie Locher

Older Workers

Provides members an opportunity at its annual meeting to (1) report on their research on the aging workforce, (2) discuss emerging areas of research and potential collaborative ventures, and (3) identify promising GSA annual meeting paper submissions and symposia. Networking among members throughout the year is encouraged.

Contact: Sara Rix, AARP Public Policy Institute, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Marilyn Luptak, University of Utah College of Social Work, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Oral Health

Helps to develop and refine the science of geriatric dentistry and enhances an understanding of oral health problems as they influence the non-dental disciplines in GSA.

Contact: Dr. Robert Berg, Director of Advanced Training and Service, School of Dentistry, Applied Dentistry, 4200 E. 9th Avenue, Box C-284, Denver, CO 80262, telephone (303) 315-6304, fax: (303) 315-0360, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Qualitative Research

Provides mentoring to newer members as well as offers a space for networking and sharing strategies information, and projects using qualitative research methods to understand the experience, needs and service provisions to older adults.

Contact: Judith R. Smith, Ph.D., LCSW, Graduate School of Social Service, Fordham University, 113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Ramona Meraz Lewis, EdD, Department of Educational Leadership, Research & Technology, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008- 5823, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Rainbow Research Group

Contact: Brian R. Grossman, MSPH, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Health, Department of Health Science and Program in Gerontology, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Religion, Spirituality, and Aging

Joins scholars of religion who focus on institutional beliefs and behaviors with researchers of the spirituality of beliefs and personality correlates.

Contact
: Julie Hicks, West Virginia University, Department of Psychology, 53 Campus Drive, PO Box 6040, Morgantown, WV, 26506, 31680, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Allen Glicksman, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging Planning, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Dean Van Dras, University of Wisconsin, Human Development Program, Mac319, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311-7001, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or James Ellor, Baylor University, School Of Social Work, One Bear Place 97320, Waco, TX 76798-7320, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Monika Ardelt, University of Florida, Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law, PO Box 117330, Gainesville, FL 32611-7330, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Holly Nelson-Becker, University of Kansas, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Reminiscence and Aging

Focuses on both research and clinical perpectives on how reminiscence, life review and other forms of autobiographical memory are related to issues of mental health, personality, and cognitive functions in older adulthood.

Contact: Loriena Yancura, University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2515 campus Rd., Milber Hall, #201C, Honolulu, HI, 96822, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Thomas W. Pierce, Radford University, Department Of Psychology, Box 6946, Radford, VA, 24142, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Barbara K. Haight, 1710 Ian Avenue, Sullivans Island, SC, 29482, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Jeffery Webster, Langara College, 100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Y 2Z6, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Research in Quality of Care

Assembles, disseminates, and upgrades the quality of available scientific knowledge on dementia-related illnesses while focusing especially on dementia patients in special-care settings.

Contact: Kimberly Van Haitsma, Ph.D., Director, Polisher Research Institute, Madlyn & Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Life, 1425 Horsham Road, North Wales, PA 19454, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; and Nicholas Castle, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 15101, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Research on Cancer and Aging

Contact: Corinne Leach, MPH, MS, PHD, Director, Cancer and Aging Research, American Cancer Society, Inc., 250 Williams Street, Quad 6D, Atlanta, GA 30303, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Researchers Based in Long-Term Care

Educates about the existence and potential of research based in long-term care facilities. It also aids in solving problems associated with balancing research opportunities and other duties.

Rural Aging

Increases the awareness and understanding of rural aging issues and serves as a vehicle for sharing information on rural aging research, policy and practice.

Contact: Brandy McCann, University of Louisiana at Monroe, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Carolyn E. Adams-Price, Mississippi State University, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Societal Implications of Delaying Aging

Contact: Leonid A. Gavrilov, PhD, NORC at the University of Chicago, Center on Aging, Chicago, IL, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Systems Research in Long Term Care

Contact: Elena Siegel, PhD, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Mary Ellen Dellefield, PhD, VA San Diego Healthcare System, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Kirsten Corazzini, Duke University Medical Center, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Technology and Aging

Investigates possibilities for applying the results of rapid advances in technology to better the lifestyles of the growing number of older persons in a world-wide society.

Contact
: Charlene C. Quinn, PhD, University of Maryland Baltimore, School Of Medicine 660 W Redwood St. Baltimore, MD 21201, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Emily Agree, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Department of Sociology, 530 Mergenthaler Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or David Kutzik, PhD, Drexel University, Department of Culture and Communication, Psa Dept Building 47, 3141 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Transportation and Aging

Contact: Anne E. Dickerson, East Carolina University, College of Allied Health Sciences, Greenville, NC, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Moon Choi, University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Lexington, KY, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Thomas Meuser, University of Missouri - St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Trauma, Aging, and the Life Course

This group is for those who study trauma and aging, work with older trauma survivors, and are interested in the unique ways in which life course trauma interacts with aging.

Contact: May Aydin, PhD, UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, Los Angeles, CA, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; or Eve H. Davison, PhD, Women's Health Sciences Division, Boston, MA, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it