2016’s Top 50 Gerontology Professors Worldwide


This List of top 50 gerontology professors was made by using five different ways to determine ranking:

1. The quality of a teachers (the quality of a professors also determines the success of students).

2. Professor’s work experience (The experience of a professors greatly contributes to the quality of his teaching; the overall experience of a professor contributes to more interesting methods of work. Experience allows professors to easier deal with difficult situations that arise during lectures.)

3. The success of a teachers in activities outside of University / research work of a professor. Professional Interests, Publications (research work of a professor enables students to hear new research results as well as new conclusions.)

4. Overall criticism regarding a professor (both from students and from his colleagues)

5. Awards in the field of medicine, Accomplishments


  1. Pahor, Marco, M.D.

Professor M. Pahor is both Director and Founding chair of Department of Aging and Geriatric Research of Institute on Aging College of Medicine at Florida University Gainesville.

He received Medical Doctor Degree from Catholic University in Rome, Italy in November 1980.

His Postgraduate Specialty Thesis was on Geriatrics and Gerontology. He received it from Catholic University in Rome, Italy in November 1984, with honors.

His second Specialty Thesis was on Internal Medicine, also received from Catholic University in Rome, Italy in July 1990, with honors.

Professor Pahor M. was also honored by:

US Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Justice, Immigration and Naturalization Service, Alien of Extraordinary Ability for his contributions regarding the development of  Women’s Health and Aging Study (WHAS), and for his scientific accomplishments in 1994 and 1996.

Premio Enrico Greppi awarded to Prof. Pahor for his dedicating career regarding the improvement of the health and quality of life of elderly people worldwide.

  1. Yung-Ping “Bing” Chen, PhD

Dr. Yung-Ping is Emeritus Professor of Gerontology at McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. His areas of expertise include: Financing and Benefit Structure of Social Security, Differential Pension Coverage for Black and Hispanic workers, and few more.

Professor Yung-Ping “Bing” Chen was born and raised in China; he received his Bachelor economic Degree from National Taiwan University, and his PhD and Master Degree in Economics from Washington University. Professor Chen also attended the master’s degree program in mental health sciences at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia.

His research is connected few similar areas regarding the retirement security: structure of Social Security, problems of differences in pension coverage, new models for long-term care funding (which is a growing problem in third world countries).

  1. Lydia K. Manning, PhD

Lydia K. Manning is Associate Professor of Gerontology at Concordia University Chicago.  She received her PhD regarding the social gerontology from the Department of Sociology and Gerontology at Miami University in 2011; she also received her Postdoctoral Fellowship from Duke University’s Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development in 2013.  Her field of research is the exploration of aging in the United States, problems regarding aging, health and gender trough science of gerontology and sociology. She is researching present-day problems of elderly through independent research; her focus is on religion, health and gender.

She has been a member of Concordia’s faculty since 2013. She advises (mentor) MA students on the subject of gerontology.

Dr. Manning is a member of Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Anthropology and Gerontology. She has also published works regarding the fields of anthropology and sociology. 

  1. Meredith Wallace Kazer

Dr. Meredith Wallace Kazer is both Dean and Professor at the Fairfield University located in Connecticut. Dr. Wallace received Bachelor of Science of Nursing degree from Boston University, a Master degree of Science and Nursing with a specialty in geriatrics from Yale University. She also attended New York University from which she received a Ph.D. degree of Nursing Research and Theory Development. She also became the original author and editor of Try This: Best Practices in Geriatric Nursing series. In 2001, she won the Springer Publishing Company Award for Applied Nursing Research. She is an adult and gerontological primary care nurse practitioner and currently maintains a practice with a focus on chronic illness in older adults. Dr. Wallace received numerous awards; in 2013 she received Virginia Henderson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Nursing Research which was awarded to her by Connecticut Nurse Association. She also got an award from American Journal of Nursing.

  1. Andrew J. Cherlin 

Dr. Andrew J. Cherlin is Professor at Krieger School of Arts & Sciences at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Andrew received his Ph.D. degree in Sociology from the University of California in 1976. The same year he is started working as an assistant professor in Johns Hopkins. Bedside his teaching work Dr. Andrew also served as a president of the Population Association of America in 1999, furthermore in 2003 the Doctor received the Distinguished Career Award from the Family Section of the American Sociological Association.  His research includes the fields of sociology of families and public policy. Dr. Andrew is well respected by his collogues and students.


  1. Mark Steven Lachs

Mark Steven Lachs is Co-Director for Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care, besides that he is also a professor at Weill Cornell Medical College at Cornell University. His work started as an Associate Professor of Medicine in 1997 however in 2003 he was appointed as professor; his main fields are Geriatrics, Gerontology and Clinical Epidemiology. The focus of his research includes the identification of risk factors for reported elder mistreatment and more recently, the survival of older adults who have experienced mistreatment. He was awarded by National Institute on Aging. Dr. Mark received his M.D from NYU School of Medicine he also received The Master of Public Health degree. His major area of interest is the mistreatment of elderly, his famous books regarding the areas of elder abuse and neglect, were widely published.

  1.  Karl Pillemer

Dr. Karl Pillemer is Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College; he is also the Hazel E. Reed Professor in the Department of Human Development and the Director of the Bronfenbrenner Center. Dr. Karl’s major interests are centered on human development over the life course; the main focus of his work is on family and social relationships in middle age and beyond. Dr. Karl held the Chair of Gerontological Society of America committee. In 1985 Dr. Karl received his Ph.D. from Brandeis University Sociology earlier in 1981 he received M.A. degree from the same University, and his Bachelor degree was from Boston University of Sociology in 1977.

  1. Cynthia R. Hancock

Dr. Cynthia Hancock teaches as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at UNC Charlotte, she also serves as Undergraduate and Service Learning Coordinator for the Gerontology Program on the same University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Shepherd College; however Maters of Arts degree and PhD are from UNC Chapel Hill, all degrees are in the field of Sociology. During her work at UNC Charlotte she has received two awards as a lecturer for excellence in teaching from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Her main her main teaching focus is on Aging and the Life Course, Families and Aging, Aging and the Life Course through Film, Sociology of Aging, and Graduate Research Methods. Dr.Hancock’s interests are regarding the diversity, and the promotion of films which teach about aging. She honored UNC Charlotte by being the first to have a course receive formal service-learning designation.

  1. Namkee G. Choi, Ph.D.

Dr. Namkee Choi is Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology in the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. Her current research focuses on depression in late life and the development of effective psychosocial interventions regarding the depression among both community-dwelling and institutionalized older adults. She received both her Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Arts degree from Ewha Women’s University at Seoul, Korea, later on in 1987 Dr.Namkee received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, California all regarding Sociology. Besides her being a professor he is also a member of The Gerontological Society of America and the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) from 1988. Dr. Namkee was also awarded Fellow, American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare in 2014 and Fellow, The Gerontological Society of America in 2003. 

  1.  Maria Claver, Ph.D.

Dr. Maria Claver is Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (Gerontology Program), at CSU Long Beach. Dr. Claver is both well-known researcher and active community worker. She received Community Service Award in 2013; she was also awarded the Betty and James E. Birren Emerging Leadership Award from the California Council on Gerontology and Geriatrics. Dr. Claver is an active member of the Governing Board of Directors for Whittier Hospital Medical Center and served as a membership chair for the Whittier Conservancy. Even more Dr.Cleaver runs her own non-profit foundation called the Ozzy Foundation. Dr. Claver’s research main focus is regarding the best practices in service learning and emergency management in nursing homes. She is also a researcher at the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System where she completed her master’s internship in the inpatient geriatric ward and the out-patient geriatric clinic.

11. Carolyn Aldwin, PhD


Dr. Carolyn Aldwin is both the Professor at the Department of Human Development & Family Sciences, Oregon State University, and the Visiting Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Besides her career as a professor she is also a Director of both the Center for Healthy Aging Jo Anne Leonard and the Gerontology Program at Oregon State University. Dr. Carolyn received her Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Art degree from the Clark University at Worcester regarding the field of Psychology in 1974. She received her Ph.D. for the Adult Development & Aging Program at the University of California, San Francisco in 1982. Dr. Aldwin research interests are regarding the examination of how personality, mental health, and physical health change across the lifespan. She is also interested in factors which affect the rate of aging, as well as stress-related growth. Dr. Aldwin is a co-editor for Psychology and Health.

  1.  Dableko-Schoeny, Holly, PH.D.

Dr. Dabelko-Schoeny received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wittenberg University in 1933, she also received her PhD regarding the Social Work from The Ohio State University in 2002, Specialization in Aging. At the moment she is an Associate Professor at Ohio State University College of Social Work. Dr. Dabelko-Schoeny received an award as a Social Worker of the Year for the Columbus region by the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Furthermore she was awarded the Researcher of the Year by the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education and Outstanding Doctoral Faculty from the Ohio State College of Social Work.  Her research focuses on improving the delivery services for older adults and their caregivers through collaboration with community agencies, interdisciplinary faculty, and students, Home and Community-based Services for Older Adults. 

  1. Karen Devereaux Melillo

Dr. Melillo is both Dean and Professor in School of Nursing from College of Health Sciences University of Massachusetts Lowell.  Dr.  Karen Melillo received her doctoral degree in Social Welfare from Florence Heller School at Brandeis University in 1990, and her Master of Science Degree in Nursing Dr. Karen received from the University of Lowell in 1978. In recent years she has been Director and Chair of the Nursing School until 2014, and currently she teaches at University of Massachusetts Lowell.  Karen received more that few awards, of which are Outstanding Alumni Award regarding professions dedicated to preservation of health at UMass Lowell. She was three times elected as a Fellow in different American health societies, and received Long-Term Care Research Award on account of her research program for Nurse Practitioners. Her expertise focuses on Gerontology, Aging, Population, Geriatric, Nursing, and Nursing Education.

  1. Jim Mitchell

Dr. Jim Mitchell received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Bemidji State University in 1973, and his Masters of Arts degree in Sociology from University of Wyoming, Laramie in 1974. His Doctor of Philosophy degree in Sociology he received from Oklahoma State University at Stillwater in 1980. At the moment he is a Professor of Sociology at East Carolina University, from 2009 he is a Senior Research Scientist at UNC Institute on Aging and was an Associate Director for Multi-Campus Initiatives from 1997 till 2009 in the same Institute (UNC Institute on Aging). His teachings include Sociology of Aging and Sociology of Health. Dr. Jim’s graduate courses include two-semester seminars in Aging, Sociology of Health, Aging Policy, and Aging and Health. In 1979 he was selected Predoctoral fellow, Midwest Council for Social Research in Aging.


  1. Julie L. Masters, PhD

Dr. Julie Masters is Professor and chair of the department of gerontology at the University of Nebraska Omaha. She teaches courses on the Omaha and Lincoln campuses and supervises honors students and doctoral students interested in end of life issues. She received her Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Community and Human Resources from Gerontology and Counseling University of Nebraska Lincoln in 1997. Her teachings refer to the subjects of: Death and Dying, Death and Grieving, Psychology of Adult Development and Aging, Introduction to Gerontology, Healthy Aging, End of Life Planning, and Aging Inmates. She received many awards some of are: Distinguished Graduate Award, Outstanding Teaching Award, (Teaching), Outstanding Educator Award – Small Class (Teaching) in 2005 and 2004.

  1. Jane Mertz Garcia

Dr. Jane Mertz Garcia is Professor at College of Human Ecology Center on Aging at Kansas State University. She received her Master of Science degree at University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1981 and her Doctor of Philosophy at University of South Alabama in 1996 regarding speech pathology and communication disorders. Her main interests are focused on programs like Communication Sciences & Disorders, School of Family Studies & Human Services. Dr. Jane also became an Acting Co-Director of Clinical Services in 2007. 

  1.  Ruth E. Dunkle

Dr. Ruth E. Dunkle is Wilbur J. Cohen Collegiate Professor of Social Work, and Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs at Michigan University School of Social Work. She received her Master of Social Work degree of Direct Service and Aging from Syracuse University, NY and her Doctor of Philosophy degree of Social Science from the same University in 1978. Her main focus is on gerontology. Professor Dunkle is also a co-director of the National Institute on Aging training program, “Social Research Training on Applied Issues of Aging,” and of the Geriatric Fellowship Program. Professor Dunkle also wrote a book on the oldest old regarding the strategies for improving the quality of their lives. Her main research focus is center on clinical gerontology, service delivery to the elderly, the oldest old, coping and service deliver strategies for the elderly, racial and ethnic variations in caregiving to the elderly

18. E. Ayn Welleford ,PhD.

Dr. E. Ayn Welleford is Chair and Associate Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Dr. Welleford received her B.A. in Management/Psychology from Averett College, M.S. in Gerontology and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has taught extensively in the areas of Lifespan Development, and Adult Development and Aging, Geropsychology, and Aging & Human Values. As an educator, researcher, and previously as a practitioner she has worked with a broad spectrum of individuals across the caregiving and long term care continuum.

As Associate Professor and Chair of VCU’s Department of Gerontology, she currently works to “Improve Elder Care through Education” through her Teaching, Scholarship, and Community Engagement. Outside of the classroom, Dr. Welleford provides community education and serves on several boards and committees. Dr. Welleford received her Bachelor of Arts degree for Management and Psychology at Averett College, and in 1990 and in 1998 she received her Doctor of Philosophy degree for Gerontology and Developmental Psychology at the Virginia Commonwealth University. She was also Chair of the Governor’s Commonwealth of Virginia Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders Commission and she received the AGHE Distinguished Teacher Award.

19. Lisa Finkelstein, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Finkelstein is Professor at Northern Illinois University Department of Psychology College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Tulane University in 1996. Her main interests are Age and generation issues in the workplace, mentoring relationships, and obesity discrimination. Dr. Finkelstein also published along with few others work on Examining the role of age in mentoring relationships subject of Group and Organization Management in 2003. Her frequently taught class is Social Psychology.

  1. Julie Locher PhD

Dr. Julie Locher is Professor at UAB the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, at the Department of Medicine School of Medicine and at the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, School of Public Health. Besides that she is the Director of Translational Nutrition and Aging Program (NIA) at University of Alabama at Birmingham, Associate Director of Center for Aging and of Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NIDDK) at UAB. Dr. Locher received her Maters of Art Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988, and her Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 1999. In 2005 she also received Master of Science in Public Health Degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Locher was awarded Fellow Status Award by Gerontological Society of America in 2013.

  1. Susan D Ruppert, PhD,

Dr. Ruppert is Professor at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing she is also the Coordinator of the MSN Program. Dr. Ruppert received her Doctor of Philosophy degree in nursing from Texas Woman’s University; she completed a Family Nurse Practitioner program at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.  She is both a Family Nurse Practitioner and an Adult Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Ruppert she is also recognized as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Medical-Surgical Nursing. In addition to teaching, Dr. Ruppert has held a faculty practice as a nurse practitioner since 1996, and is Track Director of the Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, American Association of Nurse Practitioners, and National Academies of Practice.

  1. Kathryn H. Bowles, PhD,

Dr. Kathryn H. Bowles is Professor at Center for Integrative Science in Aging School of Nursing, at Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics University of Pennsylvania.              Dr. Bowles researches and is an expert in transitional and home care. She has great number of publications and presentations and her focus was on advancing the care of older Americans. In 2011, Right-Care Solutions, a software company based Dr. Bowles team’s research that provides an end to end solution for discharge planning and post-acute care referrals was also Co-founded by her. In March 2016 she was appointed to the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) Advisory Council and delivered the NINR Director’s Lecture. She also received honorary title of Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) and the American College of Medical Informatics.

  1. Mary Dierich PhD

Dr. Mary Dierich is Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at University of Minnesota Minneapolis, and a Coordinator for Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Specialty Area. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, her Master in Science degree from the same University, School of Public Health. Doctor of Philosophy degree Dr. Dierich earned for her Dissertation: High Risk Medication Regimens and Medication Related Predictors of Readmission in Elderly Home Care Clients also at University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Her research interests are concerning the effect of medication management of readmission to the hospital, Models of care for older adults, and Health care policy and the provision of care for older adults.

  1.  Joan E. King, PhD

Dr. Joan E. King is Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She practices at the Preanesthesia Evaluation Clinic at Vanderbilt Medical Center and her primary role was regarding the development of Vanderbilt’s Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specialty program. She is also a Director for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program. Besides that Dr. Joan King is a certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner who assisted in writing the first national certification exam. Dr. King received her Doctor of Philosophy degree PhD from George Peabody College for Teachers, her Post-Master degree from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, as well as MSN and BSN from the same University. Her area of interest is in cardiovascular diseases both surgical and medical.

25. Lynda Mackin, PhD,

Dr. Lynda Mackin is Professor at University of California San Francisco School of Nursing, Department for Physiological Nursing. She received her Master of Science degree from University of California, San Francisco in 1991, regarding Nursing (Gerontology Nurse Practitioner), and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Nursing in 2007 from the same University. She has numerous publications of which we will separate: Recruiting ethnically diverse nurses to graduate education in gerontological nursing, Lessons from a successful program in 2003.

  1. Pamela Z Cacchione, PhD

Dr. Pamela Z Cacchione received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Villanova University in 1984. She also received her Master of Science in Nursing degree a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner three years later in 1987. Dr. Cacchione received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1991.Her main interests were regarding the delirium in long-term care elders. She also completed postdoctoral training at the University of Iowa College of Nursing and the Alzheimer’s Disease and Research Center at Washington University in St Louis. Dr. Cacchione teaches Mental Health and Aging course at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Her research focus is on improving vision and hearing in long-term care residents. She was awarded the Alumni Medalian from Villanova University College of Nursing for Excellence in Scholarship, Education and Research.

  1. Lois K Evans, PhD, FAAN, RN

Dr. Lois K Evans is Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Her teaching/mentoring is related to behavioral symptoms in older adults, mental health and long term care/health systems. Dr. Evans research is connected to the sundown syndrome, and is resulting in reduced use of physical restraints with older adults in nursing homes and hospitals.

Dr. Evans received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from West Virginia University. Both of her Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Philosophy degrees she earned from The Catholic University of America. Dr. Evans is considered as one of the nation’s foremost leaders in care of the elderly. While she was a faculty director, Dr. Evans accomplished launching of the academic clinical practices of the School of Nursing.

  1.  Kelvin J. A. Davies, Ph.D.

Dr. Kelvin J. A. Davies is Professor of Molecular Biology, Division of Molecular and Computational Biology, Department of Biology, and a Dean for Research and James E. Birren Chair of Gerontology, the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California. He received his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Science degree from University of Wisconsin 1976/1977. However his Doctor of Philosophy degree, he received from Berkeley University of California in 1981. He was also awarded Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Southern California and at the Harvard Medical School, Harvard University in 1981 and 1982. Some of his research focuses the role of oxidative stress, diminished stress resistance, and defective adaptive homeostasis in the aging process. In 2012 an interesting event happened, Professor Davies was knighted as a Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite de France (Knight, National Order of Merit of France) by the President of France.

  1. Laura Carstensen

Dr. Laura Carstensen is Professor of Psychology and the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy at Stanford University. She is also the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. She received the Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Rochester and her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University in 1983. Dr. Laura’s research subjects are emotional development throughout the lifespan, psychopathology among the elderly, and gender differences in old age. Dr. Laura is best known for her life-span theory of motivation, and her research has been supported by the National Institute on Aging for more than 20 years. 

  1. Marvin Formosa Ph.D

Dr. Marvin Formosa is Senior Lecturer at the European Centre for Gerontology and a Co-ordinator of the Gerontology Unit at the Faculty for Social Wellbeing. He received his Bachelor of Psychology degree and the Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Malta in 1995 and 2000. However he received his Doctorate in Gerontology from University of Bristol, United Kingdom in 2007. His key interests are critical gerontology, sociology of later life, social class dynamics, and educational gerontology, on which Dr. Formosa published 7 books of which some are A handbook on older adult learning (with Brian Findsen,) in 2011, Social class in later life: Power, identity and lifestyle (with Paul Higgs) in 2015, Population ageing in Malta: Multidisciplinary perspectives (with Charles Scerri) in 2015. In recent months, he headed United Nations’ missions in the People’s Republic of China and the Philippines.

  1. Jan Mutchler, PhD


Dr. Jan Mutchler is a current Professor at the Gerontology Department, and Fellow at the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the Director of Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging at same Institute. Besides that she is an Adjunct Research Associate at Center for Population Studies, University of Mississippi. Her B.A degree in Sociology and Psychology Dr. Mutchler received from the University of Mississippi in 1978. However her M.A and Ph.D. in Sociology are from the University of Texas at Austin, she received them in 1981 and 1985. Dr. Mutchler was awarded Fellow from Gerontological Society of America (Behavioral and Social Sciences Section). Her Areas of Expertise are Diversity in aging populations, and the social demography of aging populations. The Center for Social and Demographic Research on Aging, which she directs, conducts applied research on aging topics.


Dr. Kirill L. Kozlov is Professor and a Head of the Department of Clinical Gerontology and Geriatrics. He is also a Deputy Director on Educational and Methodological Work of the St. Petersburg Institute of Bioregulation and Gerontology of the North-Western Branch of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences.


  1. Professor Sarah Harper

Dr. Sarah Harper is Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford Institute of Population Ageing and Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College. She founded the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing with funding from the US National Institutes of Health. Her research interests focus on globalization and global ageing, and the impact of population change, the implications at the global, societal and individual level of the shift in population ages from predominantly young to predominantly older societies. She published Migration and Ageing Societies in 2014.

  1. Professor Sheila Peace

Dr. Sheila Peace is Professor of Social Gerontology at the Public University in Milton Keynes, England, Faculty of Health & Social Care.  She is a professorial member of the Faculty Research Sub-Committee; the REF group and the PG research supervisor’s group as well as a long-term member of the OU Human Participants and Materials Ethics Committee. Dr. Peace received her B.A. degree from the University of Swansea in 1974. However she received her Doctor of Philosophy degree In Human Geography from the University of Wales Award in 1977, her Doctorate title was ‘The Elderly in an Urban Environment’. Dr. Peace’s teachings concerning the field of gerontology are Ageing and social gerontology particularly environmental gerontology, Social Policy and Long Term Care for Adults and Regulation of Care Settings. She is also the Faculty representative on the Coalition for Better Care. She has a particular interest in participative research.  She is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the British Society of Gerontology.

  1. Christine K Bradway, PhD

Dr. Christine K. Bradway is Associate Professor regarding Gerontolocial Nursing, at the University Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She also works in a clinic with Genesis Physician Services; there she provides consultations regarding the urology for frail elders. Dr. Bradway received her bachelor of science in nursing degree from Wilkes College. Both her Master’s in Nursing and PhD Dr. Christine received from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses the narratives of women with long-term urinary incontinence. Her research interests also include transitional care for cognitively impaired older adults and those with other health care needs. In 2012, she was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.


  1. Sarah Hope Kagan, PhD.

Dr. Sarah Hope Kagan is Lucy Walker Honorary Term Professor of Gerontological Nursing in Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. She received her BS degree in Nursing from Rush University in 1986, however her MSN and PhD in Nursing degree she received from University of California San Francisco in 1989 and 1994. Dr. Kagan teaches students across the baccalaureate, masters and doctoral programs in the School of Nursing. She is the director of the Nursing Undergraduate Honors Program and the Penn-UK Study Abroad Programs in the School of Nursing. Dr. regularly teaches two undergraduate honors courses “Sweet Little Old Ladies and Sandwiched Daughters” and “Ageing, Beauty, and Sexuality. Her research interest is focused on human experience and illness; with a focus on symptom experience for older adults particularly those who have cancer.

  1. Zvi Gellis, PhD

Dr. Zvi D. Gellis is both Professor and Associate Professor at School of Social Policy & Practice at University of Pennsylvania, besides that he is the Director of Center for Mental Health & Aging School of Social Policy & Practice University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Gellis his B.A. degree from Carleton University at Ottawa, Ontario Canada in 1980, and his M.S.W. and Ph.D. degree from School of Social Work Mental Health at University of Toronto in 1983 and 1999. His primary area of research is late life depression, telehealth technology, and integrated health and mental health services. His research has contributed to efforts to improve depression care for homebound medically ill older adults. 

  1. Cleopatra Abdou, Ph.D.


Dr. Cleopatra Abdou is Assistant Professor of Gerontology and Psychology at University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology. She received her B.A. in Psychology from University of Miami in 2000, and her M.A. and Ph.D. degree in Social and Health Psychology from UCLA in 2003 and 2008. From the University of Michigan Dr. Abdou received Postdoctoral fellowship in Social Epidemiology and Population Health in 2010. Her main research areas are Culture & Health African‐, Arab‐, & Latino‐Origin Populations, The Epidemiological Paradox, and Social Status, Stress, Resilience, & Flourishing.

  1. Eileen Crimmins, Ph.D.

Dr. Eileen Crimmins is AARP Professor of Gerontology & University Professor at University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology. She received her B.S in Mathematics from Chestnut Hill College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Demography from University of Pennsylvania. Her main research fields are: Demography of older populations, health and mortality, socioeconomic differences in health, biological risk, global aging. She recently served as co-chair of a Committee for the National Academy of Sciences to address why life expectancy in the U.S. is falling.

  1. Jennifer Ailshire, Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Ailshire is Assistant Professor of Gerontology at University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology. She received her B.A. degree in Sociology from Arizona State University, and her Ph.D. in Sociology from University of Michigan in 2003 and 2009.            Dr. Ailshire research and teaching revolve around subjects such as Neighborhoods and Health, Aging, Sociology of Health and Aging, Urban Sociology, Social Demography. The main theme in her work is an interest in gender, socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic inequality in health.

  1. Kathleen Wilber, Ph.D.


Dr. Kathleen is Wilber Mary Pickford Foundation Professor of Gerontology and Professor of Health Services Administration at the University of Southern California. She teaches courses in administration, public policy, and long-term care. Dr. Kathleen received her B.A. degree in American History from Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York in 1970, and her M.S.W. and Ph.D. from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, School of Public Administration in 1975 and 1983. Her filed of research is focused on guardianship and conservatorship, elder abuse, and organization and delivery of long-term care services.

  1. John Walsh, Ph.D.

Dr. John P. Walsh is Associate Professor in Davis School of Gerontology Andrus Gerontology Center at University of Southern California. He was appointed Distinguished Fellow, USC Center for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Walsh received his B.S. degree in Biology from University of California at Irvine in 1979, and his Ph.D. degree from Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in 1985. His research is related to the fields of Neuroscience, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease.

  1. Sean Curran, Ph.D.

Dr. Sean Curran is an associate professor in Gerontology at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. He studies molecular genetics of exceptional longevity. Dr. Sean Curran received his B.S. in Biochemistry from University of California, Los Angeles in 1999, and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of California, Los Angeles in 2004.

46. Dr. Margaret Manoogian Ph.D.

Dr. Margaret Manoogian is Associate Professor and Chair, Gerontology Department at Western Oregon University. She received her B.A. degree in History and Environmental Studies from The University of California at Santa Barbara in 1981, her M.S.E degree in Student Personnel Services in Higher Education from The University of Vermont at Burlington in 1984. From Oregon State University at Corvallis Dr. Manoogian received her Ph.D. degree in Human Development and Family Studies in 2001. As a gerontologist, she investigates intergenerational transfers among older parents and adult children. Her current research has focused on individuals and families who experience genocide, poverty, or poor health due to type II diabetes.

47. Dr. Dara Bourassa

Dr. Dara Bourassa is Associate Professor & Director of Gerontology at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. She received her BSW and MSW in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998 and 1999. From the University of Maryland Dr. Bourassa received her Ph.D. in Social Work in 2007. For few years she was working at a suburban hospital in Baltimore, MD, and her dissertation is entitled, “Compassion Fatigue as it Relates to Adult Protective Services Social Workers”.


  1. Samuel Zalanga

Samuel Zalanga is Professor of Sociology, Anthropology, and Gerontology at Bethel University. He teaches course in the following graduate programs: Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership and Master of Arts in Gerontology. Dr. Zalanga received his Education B.S. and M.S in Sociology from Bayero University, Nigeria in 1986 and 1989. His Ph.D Zalanga received from University of Minnesota in 2000. His focus is on the comparative role of ruling elite coalitions in development policy formulation and implementation in Malaysia and Nigeria, especially the process and politics of neoliberal economic reforms and implementation.

49. John Kantke

Dr. John Kantke is Adjunct Professor of Gerontology Graduate School at Bethel University. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Bethel University in 1999, and his J.D. from University of St. Thomas School of Law in 2007. His main areas of expertise are Ethics and Aging.

  1. David A. Gruenewald, M.D.

Dr. Gruenewald is Medical Director of the Palliative Care and Hospice Service at VA Puget Sound Health Care System. He is Associate Director of the Palliative Medicine Fellowship and Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine at University of Washington. Dr. Gruenewald finished Reed College, Portland in 1987, and Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago in 1983.His main interests in patient care near the end of life include the management of symptoms, especially difficult pain management problems. His published work includes systematic reviews examining the illness experience of older adults near the end of life.