Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops are intensive, skill-developing sessions intended to build on the attendee’s knowledge of aging. These full or half-day sessions are meant to complement the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting Program while allowing attendees to further cultivate their professional toolbox in a specific area. Leading off the conference, hosting a pre-conference workshop provides the opportunity to share your expertise in areas other than through the scientific program. 

Pre-registration for all workshops is required. On-site registration for these sessions will be on a first-come, first-served basis. All workshop fees are nonrefundable. Continuing Education is not awarded for pre-conference workshops. Register now!

Registration Type

Fee Type   Amount
Full Day – Member   $185.00
Full Day – Student Member   $135.00
Full Day – Non-Member   $235.00
Full Day – Student Non-Member   $175.00
Half Day – Member   $105.00
Half Day – Student Member   $80.00
Half Day – Non-Member   $130.00
Half Day – Student Non-Member   $95.00


One Health for Healthy Aging: How Companion Animals Can Help Us Solve Aging 

Wednesday, November 13 | 8:00 a.m. to noon | No Fee (Separate Registration Required)

Speakers: Kate CreevyTexas A&M University; Matt KaeberleinUniversity of WashingtonNatasha  OlbyNC StateDaria  FleyshmanVaikaDaniel PromislowUniversity of Washington

Companion dogs age much like we do, but they do so at an accelerated rate.  The "One Health for Healthy Aging" pre-conference workshop will explore how companion dogs are informing us about mechanisms of biological aging and potential interventions to delay age-related declines in function and disease.
Supported by the University of Washington Nathan Shock Center.

What Is Bias and What Can I Do About It? Understanding and Implementing Methods for Quantitative Bias Analysis in Aging Research 

Wednesday, November 13 | 8:00 a.m. to noon

Speakers: Elizabeth Rose Mayeda, University of California, Los Angeles Fielding School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology; Hailey Banack, University at Buffalo, Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health; Alden Gross, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Departments of Epidemiology and Mental Health

Systematic error, or bias, is a well-known consideration in aging research. It is common for researchers to qualitatively discuss the potential impact of bias on study results, but the application of formal bias analysis techniques in research studies of older adults is less common. This workshop will strengthen participants’ understanding of the theoretical concepts of confounding bias, measurement error, and selection bias in aging research and provide participants with tools for quantitative bias analysis.

Life Histories in the Health and Retirement Study and Around the Globe 

Wednesday, November 13 | 8:00 a.m. to noon

Speakers: Amanda Sonnega, University of Michigan; Jacqui Smith, University of Michigan; Drystan Philips, University of Southern California; Christian Deindl, University of Dusseldorf; William Chopik, Michigan State University; Erin Ice, University of Michigan

Increasingly, researchers are interested in linking experiences and circumstances in early life and young adulthood to later-life functioning. The Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and its international sister studies contain a lot of detail on respondents’ experiences after age 50. To fill in the gaps in early-life information, the HRS and several of the sister studies have collected life history data in a range of content areassuch as residential, educational, occupational, partnership, and healthprior to age 50. This pre-conference workshop will provide information on the method and content on the Life History Mail Survey, the Gateway to Global Aging (, which is working to harmonize the content of life history projects across the HRS family of studies, guidance on sequence analysis of the data, and research examples. The workshop will also offer a short presentation on the Gateway Harmonized exit data.

Identifying and Using NIA-Supported Longitudinal Data Collections: The Availability and Use of Secondary Data Resources in Gerontology Research 

Wednesday, November 13 | 8:00 a.m. to noon

Speakers: James McNally, University of Michigan; John Phillips, NIH/NIA; George Rebok, Johns Hopkins University; Barry Radler, University of Wisconsin; Louise Hawkley, University of Chicago; Patricia St. Clair, University of Southern California

Led by leading scholars and researchers from the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging, the workshop will discuss a wide array of data and research tools that can be used in the exploration of the aging life course. With a specific focus on longitudinal and time-varying collections, the workshop will provide presenters' expertise in the use and application of key NIA-funded research for independent publications, research applications, and teaching. Interested researchers will learn about new opportunities using major studies such as NSHAP and MIDUS, as well as the growing collection of twin studies and emerging studies just now becoming available for secondary analysis.

GSA (R13) Mentoring and Career Development Technical Assistance Workshop 

Wednesday, November 13 | 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Speakers: Patricia Heyn, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; Keith Whitfield, Wayne State University; Shani Bardach, University of Kentucky Center for Gerontology and Sanders-Brown Center on Aging; J Taylor Harden, Director Emeritus, National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence; Walter Boot, Florida State University; Tam Perry, Wayne State University

This unique program is tailored to suit the needs of trainees from diverse backgrounds and support professional training and growth among GSA early-career members. The workshop content was designed to provide diverse professional experiences and specialized gerontological education and mentoring. Tempower attendees for successful career development and strategic planning, the workshop will offer comprehensive information on career development, mentoring, and professional networks. The goal is to produce a successful and empowered diverse workforce to contribute to the future of aging research.

Funding for this workshop was made possible, in part, by an NIH/NIA R13 AG062151 grant from the National Institute on Aging.

Early Career Investigator Diversity Fellow Travel Award Application: GSA is pleased to create opportunities for 12 talented early career investigators from underrepresented background to have a prominent role in the Mentoring and Career Development Technical Assistance Workshop. The $1,800 awards will be used to support travel, hotel accommodations, and registration for the workshop and the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting in Austin. Applications are open to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Applicants will be selected on a competitive basis based on the application quality and underrepresentation in science. Applications will be accepted until 5:00pm ET Monday, September 30, 2019.

Strategies for Successful Recruitment and Retention of Minority Elders: An NIA Priority Area 

Wednesday, November 13 | 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Speakers: Nina Harawa, RCMAR National Coordinating Center at UCLA; Celia Kaplan, Center for Aging in Diverse Communities , RCMAR/UC San Francisco; Peter Lichtenberg, Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research  RCMAR/ University of Michigan, Ann Arbor & Wayne State University; Kristine Ajrouch, Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer's Disease RCMAR/ University of Michigan; Cerise Elliott, National Institute on Aging; Mele Look, Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research / University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa

In 2018, NIA's National Advisory Council on Aging prioritized the need to address recruitment and retention of diverse study populations, statingBoth clinical trials and natural history studies have yet to demonstrate anywhere near adequate representation of diverse cohorts. A complete study of a disease state requires the inclusion of diverse cohorts of research participants in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, age, and status of disease.

In this workshop, experts in recruiting and retaining Black and African American, Asian, Native, Arab, and Latino elder populations into research will share strategies for overcoming barriers to recruitment, encouraging retention, and addressing concerns about the collection of biospecimens. Participants will learn strategies for Internet-based, in-person, and print-based recruitment and discuss approaches to study design and implementation that maximize retention of minority elder study participants. In addition, NIA representatives will share the Institute's national strategy of recruitment, together with recently developed recruitment tools.

National Study of Older LGBTQ Americans: Aging With Pride 

Wednesday, November 13 | 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Speakers: Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, University of Washington; Hyun-Jun Kim, University of Washington; Charles Emlet, University of Washington; Jayn  Goldsen, University of Washington; David M. Latini, The Montrose Center; Melissa Gerald, National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health

Health disparities among LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer) older adults are of great concern. For the first time, Healthy People 2020 identified the health of older adults in the LGBTQ community as a national health priority. Yet, few studies include sexual orientation and gender identity and expression questions or measures of key risk and protective factors. The NIH/NIA-funded National Health, Aging, and Sexuality/Gender Study: Aging With Pride provides unique opportunities to share empirical knowledge of the science and effective strategies for research with this demographically diverse population. This half-day interactive workshop will cover best practices and methods for conducting research with LGBTQ older adultsunderstanding effective recruitment strategies and risk and protective factors among distinct populations, including those ages 65 and older and older adults living with HIV; and publicly available data with LGBTQ older adults and expert consultation on individual research studies.

Melissa Gerald, PhD, Program Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research at the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, will be available at the pre-conference and will provide an update on relevant NIH/NIA funding priorities.

AGHE’s 9th Annual Teaching Institute—From 18 to 108: What Teaching and Training Could Look Like at an Age-Friendly University 

Wednesday, November 13 | 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Speakers:  Laura Donorfio, University of Connecticut; Carrie Andreoletti, Central Connecticut State University; Lisa Borrero, University of Indianapolis; Brian Champman, University of Connecticut; Kimberly Farah, Lasell College; Lyn Holley, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Joann Montepare, Lasell College; Margaret Manoogian, Western Oregon University; Nina Silverstein, University of Massachusetts Boston

This interactive workshop will discuss how changing age demographics have inspired the Age-Friendly University (AFU) initiative and greater attention to geragogy and age diversity in classrooms. A panel of experts will discuss and share various teaching, learning, and training strategies successfully used witholder learners and intergenerational models that can easily fit into an existing or aspirational AFU framework. Participants will share thoughts on the challenges and barriers that arise when considering aspirational frameworks needed to become an AFU. Common myths, logistical steps, and strategies to successfully implement AFU activities will be discussed, as well as how to get university, community, and student buy-in. Many of us are already using various strategies and models that fall under the guise of an AFU but are unaware of how to further develop these models to achieve AFU designation. In its broadest sense, this workshop will help campuses become more age friendly.

Using the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) in Analyses of Disability and Aging 

Wednesday, November 13 | 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Speakers:  Vicki Freedman, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan; Maureen Skehan, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Judith Kasper, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; John Mulcahy, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) is an annual longitudinal study of functioning in later life. Funded by NIA, the NHATS enables analyses of disability trends and trajectories in people ages 65 and older. This workshop will provide an overview of the study design and content of the NHATS and the National Study of Caregiving and will cover topics including disability and caregiving, as well as opportunities for data linkages. Presenters will review user resources, such as annotated instruments, content documentation, and technical papers. Time will be set aside to answer users’ questions and provide analysis advice.

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