Past Visiting Scholars

Ning Jackie Zhang, PhD, FGSA

“I feel the knowledge, skills, and networking I gained during this one year will benefit me. I strongly recommend this program to colleagues who are interested in seeking opportunities for career, leadership, and network development. Personally, I had opportunities to be involved with projects from all departments and programs of GSA, including conferences, journals, publications, aging policy, strategy, planning, and the China Initiative. The GSA leadership and all staff members are dedicated to fully support this program, which creates tremendous opportunities for the visiting scholar to engage in unique projects and program development.”

GSA's first visiting scholar was Ning Jackie Zhang, PhD, of the University of Central Florida. During the 2011 to 2012 academic year, he worked on GSA's China Initiative, which seeks to foster the development of collaborations between gerontologists in the U.S. and China.

Katie Maslow, MSW, FGSA

"I've been a member of GSA for many years, but being in the GSA office now, I'm amazed by the number and range of important projects the organization is conducting with and for its members to advance research, education, and practice in the field of aging."

Prior to joining GSA, Maslow was a scholar-in-residence at the Institute of Medicine, where she directed a series of meetings on care for people with advanced dementia and participated in studies of geriatric mental health and cognitive aging.

She previously worked for 15 years for the Alzheimer’s Association directing practice, research, and policy initiatives to improve the quality, coordination, and outcomes of health care and long-term services for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and their family caregivers. She additionally directed the association’s initiatives on hospital care and managed care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias and co-directed its multi-site demonstration project, Chronic Care Networks for Alzheimer’s Disease.

From 1983 to 1995, Maslow was a policy analyst and senior associate at the U.S. Office of Technology Assessment, a congressional research agency, where she worked on congressionally requested studies on aging, Alzheimer’s disease, long-term care, end-of-life care and care management.

Maslow is a previous recipient of the Society's prestigious Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Productive Aging. Her work as a visiting scholar focuses primarily on improving care and services for people with cognitive impairment, dementia, and coexisting medical conditions, and supporting their family caregivers.