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Upcoming Webinars

GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online Speaker Procedures

Five available dates and times
See registration instructions above
Free for everyone

To help you become more familiar with the presentation (slides and audio) process for posters, papers and symposia, GSA is offering a “How To” webinar multiple times the week of September 21 to 25. This 1-hour webinar will outline the GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online structure, describe the various presentation formats, and explain the tasks required for presenters. At the end of the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

To accommodate presenters based in time zones around the world, this live webinar will be offered five times:

  • Monday, September 21, at 2 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, September 22, at 8 a.m. ET
  • Wednesday, September 23, at 4 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, September 24, at 10 a.m. ET
  • Friday, September 25, at 2 p.m. ET

Navigating the Job Market During and Beyond the COVID-19 Era
(GSA Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Professional Development Webinar Series)

Friday, September 25, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

Are you currently planning to enter the job market? Are you interested in learning some ways to navigate a highly competitive job market during and post the COVID-19 pandemic? How can you use this time strategically to effectively prepare for the next steps in your career? The events of recent months have created dramatic shifts to life as we know it and early career scholars will find that it can impact their research, career plans, and where they will end up next. In this timely webinar, emerging scholars will learn how to overcome the challenges of a highly competitive job market and how to best set up for success. Webinar attendees will hear from two skilled professionals, who will share their experiences, lessons learned, and practical advice about how to effectively plan for and be most prepared for an increasingly difficult job market.

Presented by:

  • Justin Lord, PhD, MBA, CMA, FHFMA, is Assistant Professor with dual appointments in the Department of Accounting and the James K. Elrod Health Administration Department in the College of Business at Louisiana State University–Shreveport (LSUS). He earned his doctoral degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and an MBA from Jacksonville State University. Dr. Lord is a Certified Managerial Accountant and a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association. Previously, he worked for several years as the Finance Director for a multi-state healthcare not-for-profit and at Honda Manufacturing as a Financial Analyst. His research focuses primarily on the financial management of long-term care organizations and he has been published in Health Care Management Review; INQUIRY–The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing; Journal of Healthcare Finance; and Applied Research in Quality of Life. In 2016, he was awarded the Ruth L. Kirchstein National Service Award by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. In his first year of teaching at LSUS, Dr. Lord was awarded Professor of the Year by the student body, and in his second year he was awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award in Teaching by his colleagues.
  • Bei Wu, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE, FNYAM, is Dean’s Professor in Global Health and Director for Global Health and Aging Research at the New York University (NYU) Rory Meyers College of Nursing. She is also Co-Director of the NYU Aging Incubator, Director for Research at the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, and Co-Director of the Research and Education Core on the National Institute on Aging–funded Asian Resources Center for Minority Aging Research. As Principal Investigator, she has led a significant number of projects supported by federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, she is leading an NIH-funded clinical trial to improve oral health for persons with mild dementia. Her extensive publications cover topics related to oral health, long-term care, dementia, and caregiving. Dr. Wu is an internationally known leader in gerontology. Her career in gerontology is distinguished by interdisciplinary collaborations with researchers in various disciplines. She is a Fellow of The Gerontological Society of America, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and the New York Academy of Medicine. She is also an Honorary Member of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. For the past two decades, she has successfully mentored several dozens of junior faculty, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students in the United States and abroad.

Pre-registration is required. Please contact ESPO at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Tweet with us live during the webinar using #espocareers for even more tips and Q&A.

This webinar is supported by the GSA Innovation Fund.

Part I: Enhancing Economic Security for Older Low-Wage Workers (Equity, Justice, and Inclusion for Older Workers: Recommendations and Solutions Series)

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

Older workers are an often overlooked segment of the low-wage labor force. In this webinar, Mary Gatta, PhD, will share the experiences of older workers in the United States hospitality industry, including the factors shaping what it means to grow old while working in economic insecurity such as facing race- and gender-based inequities, health hazards associated with work, and housing concerns. In addition, the ways that larger social and economic policies can fail this group of workers will be examined. Following the presentation, Dr. Gatta will lead a discussion focusing on ways to improve the economic security and working conditions of older low-wage workers.

Presented by:

  • Mary Gatta, PhD, Associate Professor of Sociology at the City University of New York–Guttman

Over the last two decades, the phrase “aging and work” has evolved from its status as an oxymoron to a well-understood reality. It is now clearly recognized that the three-legged stool of retirement security (i.e., employer-sponsored pensions, Social Security in the United States, and individual savings) is rickety at best. More people need to work beyond conventional retirement ages to sustain their financial security in the face of longer lives and growing expenses. This need is paramount for older adults in general, but even greater for low-income, racial and ethnic minority, and blue-collar older workers. While perceived and/or real age discrimination has been identified as a factor limiting options for older adults, less is known about factors that mitigate against such perceptions of unfairness and injustice. This two-part webinar series from The Gerontological Society of America aims to: (1) identify the challenges of underrepresented older workers in their efforts to obtain or retain employment and (2) identify strategies for overcoming those challenges for people who either want or need to work in later life.

Series organized by:

  • Jacquelyn B. James, PhD, FGSA, Director of the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work, and Co-director of the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College
  • Kendra Jason, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and member of the Steering Committee for the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work.

Cognitive Function, Physical Function, and Accelerometry in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP Advancing Interdisciplinary Clinical Research Series, in conjunction with the GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online)

Thursday, October 1, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

This webinar features the cognitive function, physical function, and accelerometry measures in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, a longitudinal study to increase understanding of the mechanisms through which the trajectories of social connectivity and health are intertwined in the aging American population. The presenters will provide an overview of how each measure is assessed as well as examples of how each of these measures has been used to study the intersection of cognitive, physical, and social health among older adults. Additionally, special analytic considerations when using these measures will be presented to guide potential data users.

Presented by:

  • Megan Huisingh-Scheetz, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Associate Director, Aging Research Program, Co-Director, Successful Aging and Frailty Evaluation Clinic, Section of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, University of Chicago Medicine
  • Ashwin Kotwal, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, Division of Geriatrics, School of Medicine, University of California San Francisco
  • L. Philip Schumm, MA, Director, Research Computing Group, Senior Biostatistician, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Chicago
  • Linda Waite, PhD (moderator), George Herbert Mead Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, Senior Fellow, NORC at the University of Chicago, Principal Investigator, National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project
  • Louise Hawkley, PhD (moderator), Senior Research Scientist, Academic Research Centers, NORC at the University of Chicago, Co-Investigator, National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Collaborating Sites Data Sources
(HIV and Aging: Data Access, Availability, and Research Funding Opportunities Webinar Series)

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

Continued research on HIV prevention and intervention among older adults is crucial as people aged 50 years and older accounted for 17% of new infections in 2016, approximately 50% of all people living with HIV in the United States are in this age group, and people are living longer with HIV owing to improvements in antiretroviral therapy in the past several years. Therefore, this webinar series covers access to multiple data sources and their availability, which can be used to answer important research questions in HIV and aging. In addition, this webinar series reports on funding opportunities for HIV and aging research, which will help to provide support in advancing research in this area.

Presented by:

  • Robert Heaton, PhD, ABPP-CN Director, HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center; Co-PI, CNS HIV Anti-Retroviral Therapy Effects Research Study; Co-Investigator, Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center, Behavioral Assessment Core
  • Scott Letendre, MD Co-Director, HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center; Co-PI, CNS HIV Anti-Retroviral Therapy Effects Research Study; Co-Investigator, Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center, Behavioral Assessment Core
  • Jennifer Iudicello, PhD Center Manager, HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center; Co-Investigator, Translational Methamphetamine AIDS Research Center, Behavioral Assessment Core; Principal Investigator, Identification of Biomarkers of CNS Injury and Resilience related to HIV-1 and Methamphetamine
  • David Moore, PhD Principal Investigator, California NeuroAIDS Tissue Network; Chair, Neuropsychology Workgroup, National NeuroAIDS Tissue Consortium; Co-PI, Multi-Dimensional Successful Aging Among HIV-Infected Adults

This webinar series, which is hosted by The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), has been organized by the GSA HIV, AIDS, and Older Adults Interest Group and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Centers for AIDS Research (CFAR) Inter-CFAR HIV and Aging Working Group.

Sensory Functioning and the Remote Assessment of Biological and Performance Measures in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP Advancing Interdisciplinary Clinical Research Series, in conjunction with the GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online)

Thursday, October 15, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

All five senses are objectively assessed in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP), a longitudinal population-based study of health and social factors that aims to understand the well-being of older, community-dwelling Americans. In this webinar, the presenters will describe how these data have been used to examine the role of specific and global sensory deficits in predicting aging health outcomes such as cognitive decline and mortality. The presenters will also describe a range of biological and performance measures that NSHAP has developed or modified for remote (self-) administration along with preliminary data regarding their feasibility and quality.

Presented by:

  • Jayant Pinto, MD, Professor of Surgery, Director, Rhinology and Allergy, Director, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Research, University of Chicago Medicine
  • Martha K. McClintock, PhD, David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, Departments of Psychology and Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago
  • L. Philip Schumm, MA, Director, Research Computing Group, Senior Biostatistician, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Chicago
  • Linda Waite, PhD (moderator), George Herbert Mead Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, Senior Fellow, NORC at the University of Chicago, Principal Investigator, National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project
  • Louise Hawkley, PhD (moderator), Senior Research Scientist, Academic Research Centers, NORC at the University of Chicago, Co-Investigator, National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project

Making Our Research, Practice, and Academic Knowledge Relevant in the Policymaking Arena

Thursday, October 22, 2020
4 to 5 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

This webinar, organized by the GSA Public Policy Advisory Panel, will provide an opportunity to better understand the role that GSA and its members play in public policy and will include a dialogue around the value of making this a part of our work. Brian Lindberg, GSA’s Public Policy Advisor, will moderate the panel and will frame the discussion on the importance of GSA members using their research, practice, and academic skills and knowledge to educate and influence aging and health care policymakers at both the federal and state levels. This will be followed by interviews with three researchers to discuss how policy perspectives can be integrated in their work. The researchers, each representing a different substantive area in aging, will provide their perspectives on how to identify and elucidate the policy relevance of their research and other work. Linda Harootyan, who chairs the GSA Public Policy Advisory Panel, will serve as discussant.

Presented by:

  • Steven Austad, PhD, FGSA, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
  • Martha R. Crowther, PhD, MPH, Tenured Professor, University of Alabama (UAB) College of Community Health Sciences (CCHS), Department of Community Medicine and Population Health and the Department of Family, Internal, and Rural Medicine
  • Darina V. Petrovsky, PhD, RN, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, funded by the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Fellowship
  • Brian W. Lindberg, MMHS (Moderator), GSA Public Policy Advisor
  • Linda K. Harootyan, MSW, FGSA (Discussant), Co-Principal, Harootyan2

Part II: Systems of Inequality Affecting Older Workers (Equity, Justice, and Inclusion for Older Workers: Recommendations and Solutions Series)

Thursday October 29, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

Topic 1: Identifying Malleable Barriers to Engage Underserved Minority Middle-Aged and Older Adult Learners in Adult Educational Opportunities
Despite the growing need for adult education and training opportunities globally, opportunities to engage in adult education and training are most often pursued by higher-income or higher-skilled adults. Engaging and retaining adult learners in education and training among underserved racial/ethnic minority middle-aged and older adults are often challenging due to the structural barriers (e.g., program costs). This segment of the webinar will describe a study whose purpose was to identify barriers to engaging and retaining adult learners among underserved minority middle-aged and older adult groups. Through semi-structured interviews, data were collected from 60 key informants representing Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Norway, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Deductive qualitative descriptive methods revealed the need for recruitment efforts tailored to support adult workers, while also emphasizing the importance of multiple learning forms, including formal, nonformal, and informal learning. The presenters will provide recommendations to promote the inclusion of underserved subpopulations in learning opportunities.

Presented by:

  • Nytasia Hicks, MSW, PhD candidate in the Social Gerontology Program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
  • Phyllis A. Cummins, PhD, Senior Research Scholar at Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
  • Takashi Yamashita, PhD, MPH, MA, Associate Professor of Sociology and faculty in the Doctoral Program in Gerontology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Topic 2: Older Adult Peer Specialists’ Role in Offsetting the Impact of Social Distancing During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Older adults with mental health conditions experience disproportionate risk from the COVID-19 pandemic and are more likely to have been homeless, to reside in a group setting, or to have been cared for at nursing facilities. Increasing fear during the pandemic can lead to gaps in communication and delays in medical care, particularly when isolated from community advocates. Older adult peer specialists are a Medicaid reimbursable workforce with a lived experience of aging with mental health issues; they have shown to improve clinical outcomes such as feelings of loneliness as well as behavioral health issues such as depression and anxiety—all of which are on the rise due to COVID-19. During the COVID-19 pandemic, older adult peer specialists are using technology to deliver digital peer support services related to addressing both the mental health and physical health needs of older adults. With the projected increase in behavioral health problems resulting from the pandemic, policies need to be created to incorporate older adult peer specialists into the existing workforce of behavioral health providers.

Presented by:

  • Mbita Mbao, LICSW, PhD candidate in the School of Social Work at Simmons University
  • Karen L. Fortuna, PhD, LICSW, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth College

Topic 3: Microlearning for Low-Wage Workers in Nursing Homes
Direct care work in nursing homes is characterized by low wages, few benefits, heavy workloads, high rates of injury, and few opportunities for advancement. Because nursing homes are fast-paced environments that are faced with both rising acuity of residents (e.g., increasing numbers of residents with dementia) and high rates of staff turnover and “working short,” the time and resources for education and training are limited. Additionally, the women of color and immigrants, who comprise the majority of the direct care workforce, struggle with barriers to education, including low educational attainment, poor quality secondary education, foreign credentials, second jobs, and English fluency problems. Further, mid-level workers in nursing homes—licensed practical and registered nurses—require higher level credentialing that is out of reach for the majority of direct care workers. While it is clear that these workers need access to continuing education and diverse educational and career pathways, delivering this education requires innovation and creativity to address multiple layers of barriers. This segment of the webinar will discuss data from a statewide survey of nursing home staff and will provide access to microlearning videos aimed at supporting educators within nursing centers to fit learning into short huddles and in-service opportunities within these fast-paced environments. The presenters will discuss their research findings that suggest direct care workers are open to additional training but face persistent barriers to accessing and accruing rewards to training.

Presented by:

  • Jennifer Craft Morgan, PhD, Associate Professor at the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University
  • Elisabeth O. Burgess, PhD, FGSA, Director of the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University, and Professor of Gerontology and Sociology.

Over the last two decades, the phrase “aging and work” has evolved from its status as an oxymoron to a well-understood reality. It is now clearly recognized that the three-legged stool of retirement security (i.e., employer-sponsored pensions, Social Security in the United States, and individual savings) is rickety at best. More people need to work beyond conventional retirement ages to sustain their financial security in the face of longer lives and growing expenses. This need is paramount for older adults in general, but even greater for low-income, racial and ethnic minority, and blue-collar older workers. While perceived and/or real age discrimination has been identified as a factor limiting options for older adults, less is known about factors that mitigate against such perceptions of unfairness and injustice. This two-part webinar series from The Gerontological Society of America aims to: (1) identify the challenges of underrepresented older workers in their efforts to obtain or retain employment and (2) identify strategies for overcoming those challenges for people who either want or need to work in later life.

Series organized by:

  • Jacquelyn B. James, PhD, FGSA, Director of the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work, and Co-director of the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College
  • Kendra Jason, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and member of the Steering Committee for the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work.

Medication Data and the Next Generation of Dried Blood Assessment in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP Advancing Interdisciplinary Clinical Research Series, in conjunction with the GSA 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting Online)

Monday, December 14, 2020
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

This webinar focuses on the medication data, dried blood spot assays, and social network survey responses in the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, a longitudinal study that contributes to finding new ways to improve health as people age. Studies regarding polypharmacy and the social (and behavioral) dimensions of the adoption of supplements and prescribed medications will be discussed. The presenters will also illustrate how these data may be used to determine the use, underuse, and unsafe use of prescription and over-the-counter medications and dietary supplements as well as the presence of diagnosed and undiagnosed conditions such as diabetes.

Presented by:

  • Elbert Huang, MD, MPH, FACP, Professor of Medicine, Director, Center for Chronic Disease Research and Policy, Section of General Internal Medicine, University of Chicago Medicine
  • Dima M. Qato, PharmD, MPH, PhD, Hygeia Centennial Chair and Associate Professor, Titus Family Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Director, Program on Medicines and Public Health, Senior Fellow, Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics, University of Southern California
  • L. Philip Schumm, MA, Director, Research Computing Group, Senior Biostatistician, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Chicago
  • Linda Waite, PhD (moderator), George Herbert Mead Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Chicago, Senior Fellow, NORC at the University of Chicago, Principal Investigator, National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project
  • Louise Hawkley, PhD (moderator), Senior Research Scientist, Academic Research Centers, NORC at the University of Chicago, Co-Investigator, National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project

NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA) Funding Opportunities and Data Sources
(HIV and Aging: Data Access, Availability, and Research Funding Opportunities Webinar Series)

Thursday, January 28, 2021
12 to 1 p.m. ET
See registration instructions above
Free for members; $25 for nonmembers

This webinar will provide information about existing publicly available NIA data sources for conducting secondary research related to HIV and aging, including information about several cross-national longitudinal studies in addition to U.S. data sources. The presenters also will discuss current NIA funding opportunities in HIV and aging research with an emphasis on those that relate to secondary data.

Presented by:

  • Marcia Holstad, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, Co-Director, Emory CFAR HIV and Aging Scientific Working Group; Emory Co-Lead, NIH Inter CFAR HIV and Aging Working Group
  • Molly M. Perkins, PhD, Co-Director, Emory CFAR HIV and Aging Scientific Working Group; Emory Co-Lead, NIH Inter CFAR HIV and Aging Working Group

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