The Gerontological Society of America Selects 2020 Fellows

For Immediate Release
May 27, 2020

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has named 33 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 across GSA’s membership sections.

The new fellows will be formally recognized during GSA’s 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 4 to 8 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Full details of this conference are available at

Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education
Carrie Andreoletti, PhD, FAGHE, Central Connecticut State University

Behavioral and Social Sciences Section
Basia Belza, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, University of Washington; Jamila Bookwala, PhD, FGSA, Lafayette College; David R. Buys, PhD, MSPH, CPH, FGSA, Mississippi State University; Sarah L. Canham, PhD, FGSA, University of Utah; Keith Diaz Moore, PhD, FGSA, University of Utah; Megan Gilligan, PhD, FGSA, Iowa State University; Yasuyuki Gondo, PhD, FGSA, Osaka University; Ye Luo, PhD, FGSA, Clemson University; Hyunjin Noh, PhD, MSW, FGSA, University of Alabama; Katherine Ornstein, PhD, FGSA, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Roger O'Sullivan, PhD, FGSA, MFPH, Institute of Public Health in Ireland; Lindsay H. Ryan, PhD, FGSA, University of Michigan; Pamela A. Saunders, PhD, FGSA, Georgetown University; Marie Y. Savundranayagam, PhD, FGSA, Western University; Meredith Troutman-Jordan, PhD, FGSA, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Brandy Harris Wallace, PhD, FGSA, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Health Sciences Section
Fawn A. Cothran, PhD, RN, GCNS-BC, FGSA, University of California at Davis; Katherine S. Hall, PhD, FGSA, Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System & Duke University; Jeffrey Kaye, MD, FGSA, Oregon Health & Science University; Anne Bradley Mitchell PhD MN ANP-BC, FGSA, Jefferson University; Jennifer A. Schrack, PhD, MS, FGSA, Johns Hopkins University; Denise Short, EdD, FGSA, University of Oklahoma; Pamela E. Toto, PhD, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA, FGSA, University of Pittsburgh; Thomas G. Travison, PhD, FGSA, Harvard Medical School; Catherine Van Son PhD, RN, ANEF, FGSA, Washington State University; Qian-Li Xue, PhD, FGSA, Johns Hopkins University

Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section
Leanne J. Clark-Shirley, PhD, FGSA, AARP; Kerstin Gerst Emerson, PhD, FGSA, University of Georgia; Nancy Kusmaul, PhD, MSW, FGSA, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Tam E. Perry, PhD, FGSA, Wayne State University; Kristen Robinson, PhD, FGSA, Social & Scientific Systems; Kali S. Thomas, PhD, MA, FGSA, Brown 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 section, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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