Wiener Chosen as Public Policy & Aging Report’s Next Editor

For Immediate Release
August 14, 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 Joshua M. Wiener, PhD, FGSA, of RTI International as the editor-in-chief of Public Policy & Aging Report, effective January 2018.

“Dr. Wiener’s distinguished career as a researcher, policy analyst, and productive scholar make him exceptionally qualified for this position,” said Noah J. Webster, PhD, chair of GSA’s Publications Committee. “His prior editorial experiences and service to Public Policy & Aging Report as an editorial board member will ensure the continued success of the journal in the tradition of excellence demonstrated by outgoing editor Robert Hudson over the past 20 years.”  

Public Policy & Aging Report — published quarterly by Oxford Journals on behalf of GSA’s policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society — explores policy topics generated by the aging of society. Each thematic issue is designed to stimulate debate, highlight emerging concerns, and propose alternative policy options. The audience consists of decision-makers in the public and private sectors, advisors and staff to those decision-makers, program administrators, researchers, students, and the interested public. Authors are drawn from the leadership ranks of the policy, practice, and research communities.

“Aging is at the crossroads of many of the country’s most important public policy issues, including Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and Supplemental Security Income,” Wiener said. “I am eager to make Public Policy & Aging Report the premier journal featuring analyses and research on these critical topics.”

Wiener is a distinguished fellow at RTI International. With more than 40 years of experience as a researcher and policy analyst, he is the author or editor of eight books and more than 300 journal articles, reports, and monographs on long-term care, quality assurance systems, residential care facilities, international health care systems, Medicaid, Medicare, and health reform.

He is currently involved in studies of dementia care programs, patient centered medical homes, and Medicaid home and community-based services. He is also the co-director of the Administration for Community Living-funded National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center. Wiener led the development of the first comprehensive long-term care microsimulation model in the U.S.

Prior to coming to RTI International, Wiener did policy analysis and research for the Urban Institute, the Brookings Institution, the Health Care Financing Administration (the predecessor to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Congressional Budget Office, the New York State Moreland Act Commission on Nursing Homes and Residential Facilities, and the New York City Department of Health. Wiener also is a GSA fellow, which is the highest level of membership within the Society


Public Policy & Aging Report is a publication of the National Academy on an Aging Society, the policy institute of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). As the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging, GSA’s principal mission — and that of 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 an educational unit, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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