The Gerontological Society of America Selects 2015 Fellows

For Immediate Release
May 29, 2015

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has named 58 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 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 18 to 22 in Orlando, Florida. Full details of this conference are available at

Behavioral and Social Sciences Section
Flavia Andrade, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Jane Banaszak-Holl, PhD, University of Michigan, School of Public Health; Anne Barrett, PhD, Florida State University; J. Scott Brown, PhD, Miami University; Olivio Clay, PhD, The University of Alabama at Birmingham; Malcolm Cutchin, PhD, Wayne State University; Gayle Doll, PhD, Kansas State University; Murna Downs, PhD, University of Bradford; Giyeon Kim, PhD, The University of Alabama; Heather Menne, PhD, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging; Joann Montepare, PhD, Lasell College; Sara Moorman, PhD, Boston College; Naoko Muramatsu, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago; Anthony Ong, PhD, Cornell University; Ronica Rooks, PhD, University of Colorado Denver; David Roth, PhD, Johns Hopkins University; Benjamin Shaw, PhD, University at Albany, the State University of New York; Adam Spira, PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Sarah Szanton, PhD, ANP, FAAN, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing; Gerben Westerhof, PhD, Universiteit Twente

Biological Sciences Section
Rozalyn Anderson, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Brian Kennedy, PhD, Buck Institute for Research on Aging; Janko Nikolich-Žugich, MD, PhD, University of Arizona; Graham Pawelec, MA, PhD, Universitat Tübingen

Health Sciences Section
Lazelle Benefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; Pamela Cacchione, PhD, CRNP, BC, FAAN, University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing; Deborah D'Avolio, PhD, BC-ACNP, ANP, Northeastern University; Andrew Dentino, MD, FACP, AGSF, FAPA, FAAHPM, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, University of Maryland School of Nursing; Tamara Harris, MD, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health; Cynthia Jacelon, PhD, RN-BC, CRRN, FAAN, University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Nursing; Ruth Palan Lopez, PhD, GNP-BC, MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing; Fang Yu, PhD, GNP-BC, RN, University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section
Tobi Abramson, PhD, New York Institute of Technology; Margaret Baker, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Washington; Li-Mei Chen, PhD, MSW, Kwansei Gakuin University; Esther Chow, PhD, MSW, City University of Hong Kong; Susan Enguidanos, PhD, MPH, University of Southern California; Cristina Flores, PhD, RN, University of California, San Francisco/AgeSong Living; Richard Francoeur, PhD, MS, MSW, Adelphi University; Caroline Gelman, PhD, MSW, LCSW, Hunter College; Nancy Giunta, PhD, MSW, Hunter College; Orna Intrator, PhD, University of Rochester; Jung Kwak, PhD, MSW, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; E Othelia Lee, PhD, MSW, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Vivian W. Q. Lou, PhD, MEd, MSW, RSW, The University of Hong Kong; Wendy Lustbader, MSW, University of Washington; Yunju Nam, PhD, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York; Linda Nichols, PhD, Veterans Affairs Medical Center Memphis/University of Tennessee Health Science Center; LuMarie Polivka-West, MS, Florida Health Care Association; Virginia Richardson, PhD, The Ohio State University; Julie Robison, PhD, University of Connecticut Health Center; Tetyana Shippee, PhD, University of Minnesota; Sandra Timmermann, EdD, American College of Financial Services; Catherine Tompkins,  PhD, MSW, George Mason University; Diana White, PhD, Portland State University; Scott Wilks, PhD, MSW, Louisiana State University; Keren Wilson, PhD, The Jessie F. Richardson Foundation


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.


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