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Carr Named Next Editor of The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences

For Immediate Release
July 1, 2014

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the country’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has named Deborah Carr, PhD, of Rutgers University as the next editor of The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, effective January 2015.

“We could not ask for a more qualified and creative addition to GSA,” said Luigi Ferrucci, MD, PhD, chair of GSA’s Publications Committee. “The readers of the journal know her because of her outstanding work on how work history and family experiences affect psychological well-being over the life-course. I expect that under her leadership, the journal will grow even stronger than it is now and expand greatly this very important area of research.”

The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, published as part of The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences by Oxford Journals on behalf of GSA, contains peer-reviewed articles dealing with aging issues from the fields of anthropology, demography, economics, epidemiology, geography, political science, public health, social history, social work, and sociology.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve as editor of this prestigious journal,” Carr said. “With the rapid growth of the older population worldwide, the high quality research published in the journal is more important and influential than ever.”

At Rutgers University, Carr is a professor and the chair of the Department of Sociology and a faculty member at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. She also has a secondary appointment as faculty at the School of Social Work. Carr is a life course sociologist whose research interests focus on stress, health, and well-being over the life course. Her research focuses on death, dying, and spousal bereavement; end of life decision-making; marriage and families in later life; and the psychosocial consequences of obesity. She is a GSA fellow, which represents the Society’s highest class of membership.

Carr’s work has appeared in numerous journals including The Gerontologist, The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, Journal of Health & Social Behavior, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Social Forces. She is author or co-author of several books including “Worried Sick: How Stress Hurts Us and How to Bounce Back” (2014), and “Making Up with Mom” (2008). She also served as editor-in-chief of the “Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development” (2009) and co-editor of “Spousal Bereavement in Late Life” (2006). Carr is an investigator on several major studies of aging and the life course, including Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS) and Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS).

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The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences is a peer-reviewed publication of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

 

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