Isaacowitz Tapped as GSA’s Next Psychological Sciences Journal Editor

For Immediate Release
July 17, 2017

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has named Derek M. Isaacowitz, PhD, FGSA, of Northeastern University as the psychological sciences editor-in-chief of The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, effective January 2018.

“We could not have asked for a more qualified and outstanding candidate for this position,” said Noah J. Webster, PhD, chair of GSA’s Publications Committee. “We are confident that the combination of Dr. Isaacowitz’s high visibility and productivity as a geropsychologist, his scientific vision, and his prior editorial experiences will ensure the continued success and growth of the journal in the years to come.”

The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences is published by Oxford Journals on behalf of GSA. Its psychological sciences section publishes peer-reviewed articles on development in adulthood and old age that advance the psychological science of aging processes and outcomes. These studies have clear implications for theoretical or methodological innovation in the psychology of aging or contribute significantly to the empirical understanding of psychological processes and aging. The journal, with an impact factor of 3.064, is currently ranked fourth of 32 in the gerontology category of Journal Citation Reports: Social Sciences Edition.

“This is such an exciting time for the psychological study of aging and gerontology, with new methods being developed and cutting-edge research being conducted on important basic and applied questions,” Isaacowitz said. “I am extremely honored to have been selected as the next editor of this prestigious and important journal, and look forward to helping highlight the critical work being done in this research area.”

Isaacowitz is currently a professor of psychology and the director of the Lifespan Emotional Development Lab in the Psychology Department at Northeastern University. His research focuses on the effects of aging on emotion regulation and social perception — using diverse methods including stationary and mobile eye tracking — and is funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Velux Stiftung.

His work has appeared in journals such as Psychological Science, Psychology and Aging, Emotion, The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, and Social Psychological and Personality Science. He has served as an associate editor at Psychology and Aging and at Emotion. Isaacowitz previously served as chair of the NIA Behavioral and Social Sciences of Aging grant review panel, and currently is chair of the National Institutes of Health’s Social Psychology, Personality and Interpersonal Processes review panel.

Isaacowitz was an undergraduate at Stanford and completed his PhD at the University of Pennsylvania, and spent 10 years at Brandeis before moving to Northeastern. He is a fellow of GSA, the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society for Experimental Social Psychology. He has received GSA’s Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation Award in Behavioral and Social Gerontology, as well as the Springer Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division 20.


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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