The Gerontological Society of America Selects 2014 Fellows

For Immediate Release
July 1, 2014

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has named 61 exemplary professionals as its newest fellows.

The status of fellow — the highest class of membership within the Society — is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in gerontology. This recognition can come at varying points in an individual’s career and can acknowledge a broad scope of activity. This includes research, teaching, administration, public service, practice, and notable participation within the organization. Fellows are chosen from each of GSA’s four membership sections.

The new fellows will be formally recognized during GSA’s 67th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 5 to 9 in Washington, DC. Full details of this conference are available at

Behavioral and Social Sciences Section
Lise Abrams, PhD, University of Florida; Kaarin J. Anstey, BA (Hons), PhD, The Australian National University; Sherry A. Beaudreau, PhD, Palo Alto VA Health Care System and Stanford University School of Medicine; Christopher James Burant, PhD, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University and The Cleveland Louis Stokes VA Medical Center – GRECC; Alison L. Chasteen, PhD, University of Toronto; Sheung-Tak Cheng, PhD, Hong Kong Institute of Education and University of East Anglia; Yeates Conwell, MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine; George Demiris PhD, FACMI, University of Washington; Anne Elizabeth Dickerson, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, East Carolina University; Barry A. Edelstein, PhD, West Virginia University; Elliot Friedman, PhD, Purdue University; Katherine L. Fiori, PhD, Adelphi University; Denis Gerstorf, PhD, Humboldt University Berlin; Karen B. Hirschman, PhD, MSW, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing; Christiane Hoppmann, PhD, The University of British Columbia; Derek M. Isaacowitz, PhD, Northeastern University; Daniela S. Jopp, PhD, Fordham University; Michele J. Karel, PhD, Department of Veterans Affairs; Candace L. Kemp, PhD, Georgia State University; Ute Kunzmann, PhD, University of Leipzig; Frieder R. Lang, PhD, Institute of Psychogerontology, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg; Karen D. Lincoln, PhD, MSW, MA, University of Southern California; Karen S. Lyons, PhD, Oregon Health & Science University; David X. Marquez, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago; Mara Mather, PhD, University of Southern California; Suzanne Meeks, PhD, University of Louisville; Nan Sook Park, PhD, University of South Florida; Marjolein Broese van Groenou, PhD, VU University Amsterdam; Christopher L. Seplaki, PhD, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry; Carey Wexler Sherman, PhD, University of Michigan; Ursula M. Staudinger, PhD, Columbia Aging Center; Robert S. Stawski, PhD, Oregon State University; Andrew Steptoe, DSc, FMedSci, University College London; Anthony Sterns, PhD, iRxReminder LLC, City University of New York, The University of Maryland University College, Kent State   University at Stark, and The University of Akron; Theo G. van Tilburg, PhD, VU University Amsterdam; Andrew V. Wister, HBA, MA, PhD, Simon Fraser University

Biological Sciences Section
David B. Allison, PhD, The University of Alabama at Birmingham; Rochelle Buffenstein, PhD, Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio; Christy S. Carter, PhD, University of Florida; Roger A. Fielding, PhD, Tufts University; Michal M. Masternak, PhD, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, College of Medicine, University of Central Florida; Felipe Sierra, PhD, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health

Health Sciences Section
Jonathan Bean, MD, MS, MPH, Harvard Medical School; Virginia Burggraf, RN, DNS, FAAN, Radford University School of Nursing; Anne R. Cappola, MD, ScM, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine; XinQi Dong, MD, MPH, Rush Institute for Healthy Aging, Rush University Medical Center; Chiung-ju Liu, PhD, OTR, Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences; Desmond “Des” O’Neill, MA, MD, FRCPI, AGSF, FRCP(Glasg), FRCP, FRCP(Edin), Trinity College Dublin; Denise Orwig, PhD, University of Maryland School of Medicine; Kenneth J. Ottenbacher, PhD, OTR, University of Texas Medical Branch; Kushang V. Patel, PhD, MPH, University of Washington; Karen M. Rose, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Virginia; Lisa E.Skemp  PhD, RN, Our Lady of the Lake College; Elsa S. Strotmeyer, PhD, MPH, University of Pittsburgh; Hilaire J. Thompson, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, University of Washington

Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section
Christine E. Bishop, PhD, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University; Rita Jing-Ann Chou, PhD, MSSW, University of South Carolina; Joan K. Davitt, PhD, MSS, MLSP, Univeristy of Maryland School of Social Work; Daniel S. Gardner, PhD, LCSW, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College; Marilyn Luptak, PhD, MSW, University of Utah College of Social Work; Fei Sun, MSW, PhD, Arizona State University


The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is 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.