The Gerontological Society of America Selects 2019 Fellows

For Immediate Release
June 25, 2019

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has named 43 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 and its educational organization, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

The new fellows will be formally recognized during GSA’s 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 13 to 17 in Austin, Texas. Full details of this conference are available at

Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education
Elizabeth J. Bergman, PhD, FAGHE, Ithaca College Gerontology Institute; Lyn M. Holley, PhD, MPA, FAGHE, University of Nebraska at Omaha; Joann M. Montepare, PhD, FAGHE, FGSA, Lasell College

Behavioral and Social Sciences Section
Marja J. Aartsen, PhD, FGSA, Oslo Metropolitan University — NOVA Norwegian Social Research; Keith A. Anderson, PhD, MSW, FGSA, University of Montana; Julie Blaskewicz Boron, MS, PhD, FGSA, University of Nebraska, Omaha; Michelle Suzanne Bourgeois, PhD, CCC-SLP, FGSA, University of South Florida; Maria T. Brown, PhD, LMSW, FGSA, Syracuse University; Jinmyoung Cho, PhD, FGSA, Baylor Scott & White Health; Moon Choi, PhD, FGSA, KAIST; Zhen Cong, FGSA, University of Texas at Arlington; Kate de Medeiros, PhD, FGSA, Miami University; Heidi Harriman Ewen, PhD, FGSA, University of Indianapolis/University of Georgia; Gyounghae Han, PhD, FGSA, Seoul National University; Klaus Hauer, PhD, FGSA, Heidelberg University Bethanien Hospital/Geriatric Center; Meeryoung Kim, MSSW, PhD, FGSA, Daegu University; Áine Ní Léime, BA, MA, PhD, FGSA, National University of Ireland; Martina Roes, PhD, FGSA, German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases; Philip Edwin Taylor, BSc, MSc, PhD, FGSA, Federation University Australia; Faika Zanjani PhD, FGSA, Virginia Commonwealth University; Gertrud Akke Rixt Zijlstra, PhD, FGSA, Maastricht University

Biological Sciences Section
Pinchas Cohen, MD, FGSA, University of Southern California; Viviana I. Perez, PhD, FGSA, Oregon State University; Blanka Rogina, PhD, MS, FGSA, University of Connecticut Health Center

Health Sciences Section
Carmen Castaneda-Sceppa, MD, PhD, FGSA, Northeastern University; Carolyn Clevenger, DNP, GNP-BC, FGSA, Emory University; Rose Ann DiMaria-Ghalili, PhD, RN, CNSC, FASPEN, FAAN, FGSA, Drexel University; Michael Harris-Love, DSc, MPT, FGSA, Rocky Mountain Regional VAMC/University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; Alison Kris, PhD, RN, FGSA, Fairfield University; Melissa O'Connor, PhD, MBA, RN, FGSA, Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing

Social Research Policy and Practice
Joy Swanson Ernst, PhD, MSW, FGSA, Wayne State University School of Social Work; Denise Gammonley, PhD, LCSW, FGSA, University of Central Florida; Faith Hopp, PhD, FGSA, Wayne State University; Anne K. Hughes, PhD, MSW, FGSA, Michigan State University; Amanda Lehning, MSW, PhD, FGSA, University of Maryland Baltimore; Katie Maslow, MSW, FGSA, The Gerontological Society of America; Christina Matz, MSW, PhD, FGSA, Boston College; Kathryn B. McGrew, MSW, PhD, FGSA, Miami University; Duy Nguyen, MSW, PhD, FGSA, Columbia University; Peter S. Reed, PhD, MPH, FGSA, University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Sanford Center for Aging; Miriam S. Rose, MEd, FGSA, Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging; Lindsay Brooke Schwartz, PhD, FGSA, American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living; Nancy R. Zweibel, PhD, FGSA, The Retirement Research 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 unit, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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