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GSA Interest Groups meet throughout the year via Zoom. See below for upcoming meetings. Check back often as new meetings are added. For a full list and descriptions of GSA's 50+ Interest Groups, click here. For a brief tutorial on how to join a GSA Interest Group, click here

May

Mental Health Practice and Aging

May 6, 2022

3 to 4 p.m. ET

Description: At this quarterly meeting, interest group members will have an opportunity to share about their research and network with other members. 

Economics of Aging

May 10, 2022

1 to 1:30 p.m. ET

Description: Participants will be invited to share about their current projects and raise a research challenge or topic with the group. Participants will also be invited to share what they would like to get out of the interest group.

Dyadic Research On Health & Illness Across The Adult Lifespan - Mentoring Group

May 10, 2022

3 to 4 p.m. ET

Description: A monthly facilitated-mentoring group for students, early-career researchers, and those new to dyadic research.

Community-Engaged Research

May 11, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: Webinar: "Community-Engaged Research for Dementia Prevention." Primary (risk reduction), secondary (delaying progression), and tertiary (comprehensive care) prevention of dementia happens largely in the community. But communities are different with varying socio-cultural needs and organizational resources. This webinar presents the Kickstart, Assess, Evaluate, and Refer (KAER) toolkit which attempts to bridge this gap from clinical perspectives, and prevailing needs in community contexts from Indigenous perspectives. Discussion will focus on practical ways forward.

Cancer and Aging

May 17, 2022

2 to 3 p.m. ET

  • Meeting Link, Password: 383021 (Dial: +1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 558 8656; Meeting ID: 554 582 5350; Password: 383021)

Description: Joint meeting between the GSA Cancer and Aging Interest Group, Cancer and Aging Research Group (CARG) and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Special Interest Group. The agenda includes AGS abstract mini-presentations and brainstorming for collaborative symposium ideas.

Religion, Spirituality and Aging

May 23, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: This monthly meeting will be held the last Monday of each month. The first 10-15 minutes will include a discussion of business-related items. The rest of the meeting will be used for participants to present work, share ideas, get feedback from peers, or network and explore collaborations in our subfield. If you are interested in presenting or sharing your work, email convener, Lydia Manning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Oral Health

May 23, 2022

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET

Description: The meeting will include a discussion on the report, “Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges,” with a focus on Section 3B, “Oral Health Across the Lifespan: Older Adults.” There will also be discussion about activities planned for the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting in Indianapolis, IN in November.

Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

May 26, 2022

12 to 1 p.m. ET

Description: Join us for our quarterly meeting. We will have a panel discussion on caregiving topics followed by breakout rooms for networking.

International Aging and Migration

May 26, 2022

12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET

Description: Webinar: "Older Adults and the War in Ukraine." Join the International Aging and Migration Interest Group for a combined short lecture series and discussion on the impact that the war in the Ukraine is having on older people.

June

Family Caregiving

June 7, 2022

12 p.m. to 1 p.m. ET

Description: "Continued Conversation" on the topics of Promoting Mental & Emotional Health and Well-being, Integrating Caregivers into the Healthcare Team, and Advancing Economic Security from the World Carer Conversation conference on May 19

Community-Engaged Research

June 13, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: Webinar: "Community-Engaged Research in Low-Income Contexts." The privileged position and assumptions of researchers often remain unquestioned when involving communities with starkly different socioeconomic statuses. This presents considerable challenges to effectively benefitting the communities we purport to help. This webinar presents experiences of Community-Engaged Research from the perspectives of researcher and community stakeholder, among refugees and/or precariously-housed populations in two cities. Discussion will focus on contextual considerations when conducting research across different communities.

Dyadic Research On Health & Illness Across The Adult Lifespan - Mentoring Group

June 21, 2022

3 to 4 p.m. ET

Description: A monthly facilitated-mentoring group for students, early-career researchers, and those new to dyadic research.

Religion, Spirituality and Aging

June 27, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: This monthly meeting will be held the last Monday of each month. The first 10-15 minutes will include a discussion of business-related items. The rest of the meeting will be used for participants to present work, share ideas, get feedback from peers, or network and explore collaborations in our subfield. If you are interested in presenting or sharing your work, email convener, Lydia Manning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

July

Dyadic Research On Health & Illness Across The Adult Lifespan - Mentoring Group

July 12, 2022

3 to 4 p.m. ET

Description: A monthly facilitated-mentoring group for students, early-career researchers, and those new to dyadic research.

Community-Engaged Research - Journal Club

July 13, 2022

4 to 5 p.m. ET

Description: The scope and aims of Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) demand a rethinking of common research or community engagement practices. This journal club focuses on the above topic and serves as an introduction to methodological articles that will be archived in the CEnR Library. Come ready to share stories and discuss issues on the topic in relation to, or apart from, the assigned readings. We look forward to learning with you!

Facilitator(s): Drs Carrie Leach, PhD / Daniel Gan, PhD

Readings: 

  • Cornwall, A. (2008). Unpacking ‘Participation’: models, meanings and practices. Community development journal, 43(3), 269-283.
  • Gilmore-Bykovskyi, A., Croff, R., Glover, C. M., Jackson, J. D., Resendez, J., Perez, A., ... & Manly, J. J. (2021). Traversing the aging research and health equity divide: toward intersectional frameworks of research justice and participation. The Gerontologist, gnab107.

Paid Caregiving

July 14, 2022

4 to 5 p.m. ET

Description: This quarterly meeting will include opportunities to share about your research and network.  

Nursing Care of Older Adults

July 18, 2022

5 to 6 p.m. ET

Description: "Mentoring the Mentor: How to Guide/Mentor/Advise Nursing Doctoral Students to a Successful Dissertation." During this interactive session, we will explore issues facing new mentors, hear a presentation from Dr. Christine Williams, “Real-World Guidance in becoming a Successful Doctoral Faculty Mentor,” and break into smaller groups to discuss common stresses and new solutions.

Religion, Spirituality and Aging

July 25, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: This monthly meeting will be held the last Monday of each month. The first 10-15 minutes will include a discussion of business-related items. The rest of the meeting will be used for participants to present work, share ideas, get feedback from peers, or network and explore collaborations in our subfield. If you are interested in presenting or sharing your work, email convener, Lydia Manning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

August

Community-Engaged Research - Journal Club

August 17, 2022

4 to 5 p.m. ET

Readings:

  • Greenfield, E. A., Black, K., Oh, P., & Pestine-Stevens, A. (2022). Theories of community collaboration to advance age-friendly community change. The Gerontologist62(1), 36-45.
  • Sargent, L., Slattum, P., Brooks, M., Gendron, T., Mackiewicz, M., Diallo, A., ... & iCubed Health and Wellness in Aging Transdisciplinary Core. (2022). Bringing transdisciplinary aging research from theory to practice. The Gerontologist62(2), 159-168.

Religion, Spirituality and Aging

August 22, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: This monthly meeting will be held the last Monday of each month. The first 10-15 minutes will include a discussion of business-related items. The rest of the meeting will be used for participants to present work, share ideas, get feedback from peers, or network and explore collaborations in our subfield. If you are interested in presenting or sharing your work, email convener, Lydia Manning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

September

Community-Engaged Research - Journal Club

September 14, 2022

4 to 5 p.m. ET

Readings:

  • Bauer, M. S., Damschroder, L., Hagedorn, H., Smith, J., & Kilbourne, A. M. (2015). An introduction to implementation science for the non-specialist. BMC psychology3(1), 1-12. 
  • Nelson, G., Kloos, B., & Ornelas, J. (2017). Creating transformative change in community mental health: Contributions from community psychology. In M. A. Bond, I. Serrano-García, & C. B. Keys (Eds.), APA Handbook of Community Psychology: Methods for Community Research and Action for Diverse Groups and Issues (Vol. 2, pp. 377-392). American Psychological Association.

Religion, Spirituality and Aging

September 26, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: This monthly meeting will be held the last Monday of each month. The first 10-15 minutes will include a discussion of business-related items. The rest of the meeting will be used for participants to present work, share ideas, get feedback from peers, or network and explore collaborations in our subfield. If you are interested in presenting or sharing your work, email convener, Lydia Manning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

October

Paid Caregiving

October 13, 2022

4 to 5 p.m. ET

Description: This quarterly meeting will include opportunities to share about your research and network. 

Religion, Spirituality and Aging

October 24, 2022

11 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET

Description: This monthly meeting will be held the last Monday of each month. The first 10-15 minutes will include a discussion of business-related items. The rest of the meeting will be used for participants to present work, share ideas, get feedback from peers, or network and explore collaborations in our subfield. If you are interested in presenting or sharing your work, email convener, Lydia Manning at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

November

December

 

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