Interest Groups List - 67 Match(es)

Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Older PersonsAbuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Older Persons

Promotes better understanding and more effective response to elder abuse through research and coordinated action across disciplines and systems Contact: Susan Somers,; Pamela Teaster,

Age Inclusivity in Higher Education (AIHE)Age Inclusivity in Higher Education (AIHE)

Provides an opportunity for educators, researchers, administrators, and others interested in advancing age inclusivity in higher education, and members of the global Age-Friendly University (AFU) network, to share information about campus activities, network happenings, and related efforts that support the development of age-inclusive programs, practices, and partnerships. Contact: Joann Montepare,; Katherina Nikzad-Terhune,

Aging Among AsiansAging Among Asians

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: Vivian Lou Weiqun,; Shantha Balaswamy,; Minzhi Ye,

Aging Veterans: Effects of Military Service across the Life CourseAging Veterans: Effects of Military Service across the Life Course

This interest group will foster collaboration and dissemination of research and clinical/educational resources for professionals who are interested in understanding the long-term effects of military service on health, functioning, and well-being among aging veterans.

Aging WorkforceAging Workforce

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: Philip Taylor,

Aging, Alcohol, and AddictionsAging, 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. Contact: Beth Bareham,; Jaqueline Avila,

Alzheimer's Disease and Related DementiasAlzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

Promotes the collaboration of researchers and practitioners conducting basic or applied research on Alzheimer's Disease and the related dementias including (or as well as) Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). We welcome any questions and suggestions for collaborative work or collaborative symposia at GSA's annual conference. Contact: Lauren Stratton,; Steffany Chamut,; Darina Petrovsky,; Alba Iaconi,

Assisted LivingAssisted Living

Provides an opportunity for academics, researchers, clinicians, health care providers, and policymakers to network and learn about current interest/research from their colleagues. This allows members to collaborate on projects and inspires new ideas/projects. Contact: Anna Beeber, ; Lindsey Smith,

Behavioral Interventions for Older AdultsBehavioral Interventions for Older Adults

The purpose of this GSA interest group is to enhance the science of conducting behavioral intervention research. The interest group will serve as a focal point for facilitating inter-professional collaborations to advance novel intervention methodologies and testable programs, problem solve common research challenges such as the pipeline for developing and testing interventions, developing infrastructures for multi-site studies testing behavioral interventions and dissemination and scaling strategies.


Promotes leadership in studying the human brain, towards dementia prevention and healthy cognitive aging across the lifespan. This includes work on Alzheimer's disease, neuroimaging, cognition and neuro resilience. Contact: Cynthia Felix, MD, MPH,; Briana Sprague, PhD, MS,

Business and AgingBusiness and Aging

Provides an opportunity for business schools, various sectors of gerontological educational programs, entrepreneurs, and the corporate world to discuss and encourage product development and, share research and implement findings. Contact: Dana Bradley,; Janice Wassel,

Cancer and AgingCancer and Aging

Advancing age increases risk of cancer. Simultaneously, age-related conditions may complicate cancer recovery and pose a lifelong challenge. The Cancer and Aging Interest Group brings together a multidisciplinary group, including clinicians, basic and social/behavioral scientists, public health practitioners, advocates and educators, to address cancer and aging across the cancer continuum. Together, we seek to identify challenges and opportunities at the intersection of cancer and aging and translate lessons from bedside to the community for older cancer survivors and their families. Contact Sean Halpin,; Judith Carroll,

Chinese Gerontology StudiesChinese Gerontology Studies

Researchers are called upon to become more knowledgeable about aging in various cultures and to work together to improve the quality of life for older adults throughout the world. The mission of the Chinese Gerontology Studies Interest Group (CGSIG) is to promote interdisciplinary research on Chinese older adults globally. Contact: Fei Sun,; Ning Zhang,; Terry Lum,; Man Guo,

Climate Change and AgingClimate Change and Aging

Focuses on the intersection of aging and climate change. It acknowledges both the vulnerability of older people to the effects of climate change, as well as their potential to be part of climate change solutions, bridging the areas of climate change vulnerability, mitigation, and action in regard to the older population. Contact: Liat Ayalon,; Karl Pillemer,

Common Data Elements for International Research in Residential Long-term CareCommon Data Elements for International Research in Residential Long-term Care

Provides networking for researchers interested in addressing systems-level challenges to supporting high-quality, person-centered long-term care and in developing and implementing international common data elements for the purpose of supporting older adult thriving in long-term care settings. Contact: Barbara Bowers,; Jing Wang,

Community CollegeCommunity College

Provides a forum to share resources and best practices for gerontology and geriatrics educators within the community college setting, while also increasing the visibility of the role community colleges play in gerontology and geriatrics education. Contact: Mike Faber, Jenny Sasser,; Jennifer Ellis,

Community-Engaged Research Community-Engaged Research

This group brings together diverse, multidisciplinary scholar-practitioners to share and translate best practices to address place-based disparities via community-led partnerships. We strive to involve community members as co-researchers to answer complex community questions, while studying the science of implementation across contexts. Our primary unit of analysis is community. Contact: Allyson Brothers,; Liza L. Behrens,; Carrie Leach,; Lana Sargent,; Elinor Schoenfeld,

Directors of Aging CentersDirectors of Aging Centers

Committed to educating its members about policies and best practices for enhancing the functioning of Centers on Aging. Centers have a common interest in facilitating and promoting research and education on life-span developmental processes and disseminating this information to their communities. They do this by assembling a multidisciplinary membership, encouraging dialog about aging processes, and reaching out to their local communities to disseminate research and practice information. Contact: Pamela Teaster,; Pamela Saunders,

Disasters and Older AdultsDisasters 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: Leah Haverhals,; Tamar Wyte-Lake,

Dyadic Health ResearchDyadic Health Research

This is an interdisciplinary group of gerontologists focused on the dyadic science of health and/or illness. Our goal is to provide a venue to promote the benefits of a dyadic approach to health and illness through networking, exchanging ideas, collaborating, mentoring junior colleagues and students and advocating for dyadic approaches to practice, where applicable. It is our intention to advance the science, practice and applications of a dyadic perspective through our research, methods, the theories we develop and the interventions we design and translate. Contact: Karen Lyons,; Christine Proulx,; Ranak Trivedi,

Economics of AgingEconomics of Aging

Brings together researchers, educators and practitioners concerned with payment and financing of long-term services and supports, Medicare, economic well-being of older adults, and economics of the paid and informal caregiving workforce, with a focus on policy and practice implications Contact: Christine E. Bishop,; Kevin Cahill,

Environmental GerontologyEnvironmental Gerontology

Brings together an interdisciplinary group of researchers and practitioners to investigate the built, social, and natural environmental aspects of gerontology to promote, health, well-being, and quality of life as we age. Contact: Melissa Cannon,; Jessica Finlay,

Epidemiology of AgingEpidemiology 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: Lindsay Kobayashi,; Emma Nichols,

Family Caregiving Family Caregiving

An interdisciplinary group focused on the promotion of the well-being and quality of life for the caregiver and care recipient within the context of the family and the community. Group members will work collaboratively to address family caregiving in a creative and innovative manner through the sharing of knowledge and ideas to further research, interventions, programs, and policy development at various levels. Contact: Beth Fields,; Lauren Bangerter,

Fitness, Exercise and WellnessFitness, Exercise and Wellness

We are a group of aging professionals committed to supporting fitness, exercise, and wellness among older adults and to sharing scientific information on the benefits of physical activity. Contact: Katarina Friberg Felsted,; Brittany Drazich,; Patricia Heyn,; Barbara Micheletti,

Generativity and AgingGenerativity and Aging

Invites GSA members interested in the field of generativity to discuss and learn more about its impact and role in healthy aging and lifespan development. Furthermore, this group offers the opportunity to exchange information, resources, and network building with persons who have similar interests or wish to learn more about generativity. Contact: Jordan Lewis,; Steffi Kim,

Geriatric EducationGeriatric Education

Promotes educational strategies for interprofessional training and education and training for gerontology and geriatrics. It works to advance inter-disciplinary collaboration and develop educational strategies to maximize its reach within the educational arena. Contact: Alissa Cooney,

GeroScience GeroScience

Convenes basic scientists and clinicians to allow for exchanges of ideas and priorities and provide a venue/symposium for that interaction. Contact: George Taffet,

Grandparents as CaregiversGrandparents as Caregivers

This group promotes multidisciplinary research, policy, and practice initiatives related to grandparents who provide care to their grandchildren, including those grandparents who assume the role of primary caregiver. Contact: Youjung Lee,; Danielle Nadorff,

HBCU CollaborativeHBCU Collaborative

Aims to build relationships between GSA and Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), and to acknowledge the scholarship of current GSA members who are an alum of an HBCU and/or are currently affiliated with an HBCU. Contact: Tamara Baker,; Ashley Jennings,, Tiffany Washington,, Felicia Wheaton,

Health Behavior ChangeHealth 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: Avani Shah,

Hispanic Serving Institutions Hispanic Serving Institutions

The Hispanic Serving Institutions Interest Group has the goal to bridge gaps and advance gerontological research and scholarships for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI). We welcome anyone who is interested in promoting, collaborating, and advancing a rich HSI gerontological agenda. Contact: Patricia C. Heyn,; Elizabeth Vásquez,

HIV, AIDS, and Older AdultsHIV, 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: Paul Nash,; Anna Rubtsova,; Brianne Olivieri-Mui,

Hospice, Palliative, and End-of-Life CareHospice, 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: Gail Towsley,; Abigail Latimer,; Todd Becker,

Hospital Elder Life ProgramHospital 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 Contact: Deena Sandos,; Eva Schmitt,

Human-Animal InteractionHuman-Animal Interaction

Brings together aging researchers in all areas to explore the full value proposition for companion animals in providing a high quality of life for older adults. Contact: Jessica Bibbo,

Incarceration and AgingIncarceration and Aging

promote awareness and create solutions that acknowledge the impact of incarceration on individuals, families, and communities as they age. We strive to ensure that individuals affected by incarceration have opportunities for meaningful lives, dignity, and support as they navigate aging processes. Contact: Raya Kheirbek,; Kenzie Mintus,

Indigenous PeoplesIndigenous Peoples

Promotes language, culture, education, mentoring, and collaboration on indigenous peoples and aging through research, policy and practice in the global society. Contact: Jordan Lewis,; Steffi Kim,

Intergenerational Learning, Research & Community EngagementIntergenerational Learning, Research & Community Engagement

Investigates, expands, and promotes opportunities for participating in intergenerational learning, research, and community engagement. The group serves as a support network for the community, professionals, educators and students in gerontology, sharing cutting edge intergenerational programs, research, various teaching approaches/platforms, and the incorporation of applicable technology. Contact: Jill Juris,; Carson DeFries,

International Aging and MigrationInternational 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,; Freya Diederich,

International Comparisons of Healthy AgingInternational Comparisons of Healthy Aging

International Comparisons of Healthy Aging Provides opportunities for U.S. and international professionals in the field of aging the opportunity to learn and collaborate in cross-country comparison research on a wide variety of emerging topics. Contact: Chien-Ching Li,; Su-I Hou,; Tung-Sung Tseng,; Darren Liu,

Japanese and Japanese American Aging StudiesJapanese and Japanese American Aging Studies

Stimulates open communications among Japanese scholars and between Japanese scholars and other scholars, provide an opportunity to share educational programs in gerontology in Japan and other countries, and promote international and interdisciplinary research collaborations among members. Contact: Takashi Amano,; Li-Mei Chen,; Yuichi Watanabe,; Takashi Yamashita,

Judgment and Decision Making Judgment and Decision Making

Aging changes how decision makers pass judgments and make choices, across a wide variety of topics (e.g., in health-related, financial, social, consumer, environment and other contexts). This interest group brings together scholars, clinicians and other stakeholders to provide research, education, mentoring, outreach and other opportunities centering on age-related differences relating to judgment and decision making. Contact: Julia Nolte,; Corinna Löckenhoff,

Korean and Korean American and AgingKorean and Korean American and Aging

Brings together those who share a common interest in issues around aging for Korean people (for those living in Korea and the U.S.). Contact: Hyunjin Noh,; Nan Sook Park,; Giyeon Kim,; Meeryoung Kim,

Lifelong DisabilitiesLifelong 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: Kelly Munly

Loneliness and Social Isolation Loneliness and Social Isolation

Helps facilitate the sharing of the latest research and developments in the field of loneliness and social isolation. Contact: Roger O’Sullivan,; Jim Lubben,; Harry Taylor,; Thomas Prohaska,

Measurement, Statistics, and Research DesignMeasurement, Statistics, and Research Design

We seek to provide our members with the knowledge and application of novel, rigorous, and state-of the art methods, statistics, and research design (MSRD) techniques. Our primary goal is to provide networking between senior experts and younger trainees to enhance their own gerontological research. Contact: Aleda Leis,; Benjamin Schumacher,

Mental Health Practice and AgingMental Health Practice and Aging

This is an interdisciplinary group of researchers and clinicians interested in mental health interventions for older adults. Contact: Mary E. Dozier,; Naomi Meinertz,; Kate Perepezko,

Nursing Care of Older AdultsNursing 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: Harleah Buck,; Rebecca Lorenz,; Marcia Shade,; Darina Petrovsky,


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: Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili,; Kathryn Porter Starr,

Obesity and AgingObesity and Aging

This is an interdisciplinary group of researchers, academics, clinicians, healthcare providers, program administrators, and policymakers focused on the important issues surrounding obesity and aging. Our goal is to foster collaboration; promote advocacy; and drive innovation around assessment, treatment, and prevention of obesity in older adults. Contact: John Batsis,; Kathryn Porter Starr,

Oral HealthOral Health

Provides an opportunity for persons interested in the issue of oral health as an essential element of healthy aging to meet, exchange, information and resources, and make contacts with persons who have similar interests. Contact: Elisa Ghezzi,; Michele Saunders,; Bei Wu,

Paid CaregivingPaid Caregiving

A multi-disciplinary community of researchers, clinicians, practitioners and others working to 1) better understand how paid caregivers and the care they provide in the home matter for older adults and their families, 2) advance the role of paid caregivers in community-based care, and 3) support and sustain the paid caregiving workforce. Contact: Emily Franzosa,; Jennifer Reckrey,

Patient/Person Engagement in ResearchPatient/Person Engagement in Research

Brings together gerontologists interested in engaging the patient/person population into some or all phases of their research. Typically, research is conducted on and about older adults and their caregivers, but not with them. As researchers, we do not have the ability to know what their prioritized health and quality of life outcomes are, or how best to achieve those outcomes without eliciting their input throughout our work. Therefore, the group will promote the conduct of multi-and interdisciplinary research in aging by expanding the quality and quantity of gerontological research through networking and advocacy around improved methods of research, and by expanding the notion of an interdisciplinary team to include the voice of the older adult and/or their caregiver. Contact: Carol Geary,; Rachel Lessem,; Martine Roes,

Pharmaceutical Care and Outcomes ResearchPharmaceutical Care and Outcomes Research

Focuses on advancing innovations in pharmacy practice and policy in older adults through collaborations between its interdisciplinary members. Contact: Minghui Li,; Kevin Lu,

Qualitative ResearchQualitative 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: Abby Schwartz,; Joyce Weil,; Dr. Joonsik Yoon,

Rainbow Research GroupRainbow Research Group

The Rainbow Research Group helps facilitate connections between researchers interested in LGBT aging as well as researchers who identify as LGBT. Each year the Rainbow Research Group convenes a business meeting, group dinner, and symposium at the annual Gerontological Society of America meeting. Contact: Amanda Collins,; Minzhi Ye,

Religion, Spirituality, and AgingReligion, 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: Katherine Carroll Britt; Chad Federwitz,

Reminiscence, Life Story, and Narrative: Research and PracticeReminiscence, Life Story, and Narrative: Research and Practice

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: Alison Kris,

Research in Quality of CareResearch in Quality of Care

Assembles, disseminates, and upgrades the quality of available scientific knowledge on dementia-related illnesses across the spectrum of settings where long-term services supports are provided. The interest group focuses on research on quality of life and quality of care of people who use LTSS. Contact: Howard Degenholtz,; Sarah Holmes,; Taylor Bucy,

Rural AgingRural 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: Cassandra Ford,; Lyn Holley,

Sensory Health Interest GroupSensory Health Interest Group

Provides a forum to foster collaboration and dissemination of research and clinical/educational resources for professionals who are interested in sensory health, including vision, hearing, olfaction, taste, and proprioception, and the effects of sensory impairments on the overall health and well-being of older adults. Contact: Jennifer Deal,;Jeanette Mahoney,

Sleep, Circadian Rhythms and Aging Sleep, Circadian Rhythms and Aging

Brings together interdisciplinary researchers and clinicians with interests in the role that sleep and circadian rhythms have on the aging process. We aim to foster research, clinical, and advocacy efforts for promoting healthy sleep as individuals age. Contact: Christopher N. Kaufmann,; Adam P. Spira,; Katie L. Stone,

Societal Implications of Delaying AgingSocietal Implications of Delaying Aging

This is a group of people interested in increasing public and funding support for dramatically accelerating the research and development of effective anti-aging therapies to extend healthy lifespans. Contact: Leonid A. Gavrilov,; Natalia Gavrilova,

Technology and AgingTechnology 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: Walter Boot,; Xin Lin,

Transportation and AgingTransportation and Aging

The Transportation and Aging Interest Group provides a home for those interested in any aspect of older adults' mobility. Contact: Sara Freed,; Renée St. Louis,; Shayna Gleason,

Women's IssuesWomen's Issues

Focus on multi-and interdisciplinary research, education, policy, and community/clinical activities regarding older women. Contact: Tracie Harrison