Please Wait a Moment
X

 

Award Recipients and Fellows

2021 Awards

2021 Fellows

 

Award Recipients

Society-Wide

Donald P. Kent Award  
Recipient: Luigi Ferrucci, MD, PhD, FGSA, of the National Institute on Aging 
This award is given annually to a GSA member who best exemplifies the highest standards for professional leadership in gerontology through teaching, service, and interpretation of gerontology to the larger society.  

Robert W. Kleemeier Award 
Recipient: Kenneth F. Ferraro, PhD, FGSA,Purdue University
This award is given annually to a GSA member in recognition for outstanding research in the field of gerontology.

James Jackson Outstanding Mentorship Award 
Recipient: Robert J. Taylor, MSW, PhD, FGSA, of the University of Michigan
This award recognizes outstanding commitment and dedication to mentoring minority researchers in the field of aging.  

Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation Award 
Recipient: Laura B. Zahodne, PhD, of the University of Michigan
This award acknowledges outstanding early career contributions in behavioral and social gerontology. This award is given by GSA in conjunction with the Margaret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation. 

M. Powell Lawton Award 
Recipient: David L. Roth, PhD, FGSA, of Johns Hopkins University
This award honors contributions from applied gerontological research that have benefited older people and their care. This award is sponsored by the Abramson Senior Care’s Polisher Research Institute.  

Maxwell A. Pollack Award for Contributions to Healthy Aging 
Recipient: Namkee G. Choi, PhD, FGSA, of the University of Texas at Austin
This award recognizes instances of practice informed by research and analysis, research that directly improved policy or practice, and distinction in bridging the worlds of research and practice. This award is funded by the New York Community Trust through a generous gift from the Maxwell A. Pollack Fund. 

Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award 
Recipients: Kathy H. Bowles, PhD, FAAN, FACMI, of the University of Pennsylvania; Nancy A. Hodgson, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, of the University of Pennsylvania
This award is presented to a GSA member who has a record of outstanding and sustained contribution to geriatric nursing research. 

Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education 

Hiram J. Friedsam Mentorship Award 
Recipient: Pamela Elfenbein, MSW, PhD, FAGHE, HS-BCP, of the University of North Georgia
This award recognizes individuals who have contributed to gerontological and/or geriatrics education through excellence in mentorship to students, faculty, and administrators.  

Student Leadership Award 
Recipient: Lauren M. Bouchard, MS, of Concordia University Chicago
This award recognizes students whose leadership has advanced the goals and mission of AGHE as well as the respective goals of their AGHE-affiliated institutions. 

David A. Peterson Award 
Recipients: Julie B. Miller, MSW, PhD, of Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Carley Ward, MA, of Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Chaiwoo Lee, PhD, of Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Lisa D’Ambrosio, PhD, of Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD, FGSA, of Massachusetts Institute of Technology
For the article “Sharing is Caring: The Potential of the Sharing Economy to Support Aging in Place
This award honors excellence in scholarship in academic gerontology and/or geriatrics for an article in a volume of Gerontology & Geriatrics Education.  

Rising Star Early Career Faculty Award

Candace S. Brown, PhD, MA, MEd
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
This award recognizes new faculty whose teaching and/or leadership stands out as impactful and innovative.

Administrative Leadership Honor
Maria L.G. Henke, MA
University of Southern California, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology
This award honors administrators on AGHE member campuses who have made exceptional efforts in support of gerontology and/or geriatrics education.

Graduate Student Paper Award
Susan L. Brilliant, MBA, MSG
California State University Long Beach
This award recognizes excellence in scholarly work by a student at an AGHE member institution or has selected AGHE as a primary or secondary section, and who presents his or her work at the GSA Annual Meeting.

Mildred M. Seltzer Distinguished Service Honor
Jan Abushakrah, PhD, FAGHE
Portland Community College
This honor is presented annually to recognize colleagues who are near retirement or recently retired.                      

Mildred M. Seltzer Distinguished Service Honor
Jennifer Mendez, PhD, FAGHE
Wayne State University, School of Medicine
This honor is presented annually to recognize colleagues who are near retirement or recently retired.

Mildred M. Seltzer Distinguished Service Honor
Harvey L. Sterns, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE
University of Akron
This honor is presented annually to recognize colleagues who are near retirement or recently retired.

Part Time/Adjunct Faculty Honor
Karon L. Phillips, PhD, MPH
Trust for America’s Health, University of Maryland Baltimore County, University of Maryland Global Campus
This honor recognizes the efforts and dedication of part-time or adjunct faculty members for contributions to gerontology and/or geriatrics education.

Part Time/Adjunct Faculty Honor
Katie Kutcher, MA
University North Carolina Charlotte
This honor recognizes the efforts and dedication of part-time or adjunct faculty members for contributions to gerontology and/or geriatrics education.

James McKenney Student Travel Award
Daphne Chakurian
University of Missouri, Columbia
This award advances student education on aging in memory of James McKenney.

James McKenney Student Travel Award
Valery R Crespo-Matos
University of South Florida
This award advances student education on aging in memory of James McKenney.


James McKenney Student Travel Award
Morgan Inman
University of Prince Edward Island
This award advances student education on aging in memory of James McKenney.

James McKenney Student Travel Award
Rachel Kunkle
University of Nebraska Medical Center
This award advances student education on aging in memory of James McKenney.

James McKenney Student Travel Award
Christine Lee
University of New England
This award advances student education on aging in memory of James McKenney.

James McKenney Student Travel Award
Xin Yao Lin
Brandeis University
This award advances student education on aging in memory of James McKenney.

James McKenney Student Travel Award
Danielle Llaneza
University of Houston/Rutgers University
This award advances student education on aging in memory of James McKenney.

James McKenney Student Travel Award
Austin Oswald
CUNY Graduate Center
This award advances student education on aging in memory of James McKenney.

James McKenney Student Travel Award
Meghan McDarby
Washington University in St. Louis
This award advances student education on aging in memory of James McKenney.

James McKenney Student Travel Award
Anthony Villalba
University of Akron
This award advances student education on aging in memory of James McKenney.

Behavioral and Social Sciences Section 

Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award 
Recipient: Richard Schulz, PhD, FGSA, of the University of Pittsburgh
This award recognizes career contributions that have articulated a novel theoretical or methodological perspective or synthesis that addresses a significant problem in the literature. 

Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award 
Recipient: Margie E. Lachman, PhD, FGSA, of Brandeis University
This award is given to an individual who has fostered excellence in, and had a major impact on, the field by virtue of their mentoring, and whose inspiration is sought by students and colleagues.  

Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award 
Recipient: Sandra Torres, PhD, FGSA, of Uppsala University
For the book “Ethnicity and Old Age: Expanding our Imagination” 

Recipients: Hans-Werner Wahl, PhD, FGSA, of Heidelberg University; Manfred Diehl, PhDFGSA, of Colorado State University
For the book “The Psychology of Later Life: A Contextual Perspective”  

Recipient: Stephanie J. Wilson, PhD, of Southern Methodist University
For the article “Spousal Bereavement After Dementia Caregiving: A Turning Point for Immune Health” 

This award recognizes insightful and innovative publications on aging and life course development in the behavioral and social sciences in two categories: (1) Book Category and (2) Article Category. 

Student Research Award, Pre-Dissertation
Julia S. Nakamura, BS
University of British Columbia
This award honors an excellent student paper with a topic of relevance to the Behavioral and Social Sciences section of GSA.

Student Research Award, Dissertation
Weidi Qin, PhD, MSW, MPH
University of Michigan
This award honors an excellent student paper with a topic of relevance to the Behavioral and Social Sciences section of GSA.

Boaz Kahana Student Poster Award
Minzhi Ye, MA
Benjamin rose Institute on Aging/Case Western Reserve University
This award recognizes a current BSS student member for original and innovative research relevant to mental health and aging.

T.J. McCallum Memorial Student Registration Award
Yijung K. Kim, PhD        
The University of Texas at Austin
This award honors student members with a focus on caregiving or technology.

T.J. McCallum Memorial Student Registration Award
Hiroko Umegaki-Costantini, PhD
SciencesPo
This award honors student members with a focus on caregiving or technology.

Biological Sciences Section 

Nathan Shock New Investigator Award
Recipient: Bérénice A. Benayoun, PhD, of the University of Southern California
This award recognizes outstanding contributions to new knowledge about aging through basic biological research.

George Sacher Award
Lei Zhang, PhD
University of Minnesota
This award is given to the best student paper or poster contribution by a GSA member at the Society's Annual Scientific Meeting.

Health Sciences Section 

Excellence in Rehabilitation of Aging Persons Award
Recipient: Gregory E. Hicks, MPT, PhD, of the University of Delaware
This award acknowledges outstanding contributions in the field of rehabilitation of aging persons. 

Joseph T. Freeman Award
Recipient: Pamela Z. Cacchione, PhD, CRNP, BC, FGSA, FAAN, of the University of Pennsylvania
This award acknowledges a prominent clinician in the field of aging, both in research and practice.

Person-In-Training Award
Rebecca C. Ehrenkranz, MPH
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
This award honors a student of the Health Sciences section for the best student paper at the Society's Annual Scientific Meeting.

Research Award
Ryan J. Dougherty, PhD
Johns Hopkins University
This award honors a new investigator in the Health Sciences Section.

Austin Bloch Post-Doctoral Fellow Award
Kyle D. Moored, PhD
University of Pittsburgh
This award is given to recognize an outstanding paper or poster contribution by a Postdoctoral Fellow in health sciences.

Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization

Douglas Holmes Award
Sarah D. Holmes, PhD, MSW
University of Maryland School of Nursing
This award recognizes research with potential to improve quality of life and/or quality of care in long-term care.

Interdisciplinary Paper Award
Daniel R.Y. Gan, PhD
Simon Fraser University
This award honors the best interdisciplinary research paper on a topic related to aging by a GSA student member.

Poster Award
Shirley Li, BA
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
This award honors exceptional posters presented by GSA student members.

Poster Award
Julia Nolte, MA, MSc
Cornell University
This award honors exceptional posters presented by GSA student members.

Poster Award
Danielle L. McDuffie, MA
The University of Alabama
This award honors exceptional posters presented by GSA student members.

Poster Award
Lei Zhang, Phd
University of Minnesota
This award honors exceptional posters presented by GSA student members.

Poster Award 
Dakota  D. Witzel, MS
Oregon State University
This award honors exceptional posters presented by GSA student members.

Minority Issues in Gerontology Committee Student Poster Award
Danielle L. McDuffie, MA
The University of Alabama
This award honors an exceptional poster presented by a GSA student member from an underrepresented racial and ethnic group.

Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section

Barbara J. Berkman Award for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Research, Practice, or Policy in Aging and Health Care
Recipient: Susan Lane Hughes, MS, PhD, FGSA, of the University of Illinois at Chicago
This award acknowledges many years of significant and substantive career contributions to research, practice and policy in aging and health care services.  

Elaine M. Brody SRPP Thought Leader Award 
Recipient: Larry Polivka, PhD, FGSA, FAGHE, of Florida State University
This award acknowledges outstanding career contributions in social research, policy, and practice.  

Carroll L. Estes SRPP Rising Star Award 
Recipient: Kyeongmo Kim, MSW, PhD, of Virginia Commonwealth University
This award acknowledges outstanding early career contributions in social research, policy, and practice. 

Distinguished Members Granted Fellow Status

GSA’s Board of Directors has approved the following 38 individuals for fellow status within the Society. In addition to being honored during the Fellows and International Reception (Thursday, November 11, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.) at the Annual Scientific Meeting, they will be presented with fellow certificates and pins at their respective section business meetings.

Fellow status is peer recognition for outstanding contributions to the field of gerontology and represents the highest class of membership. This distinction comes at varying points in a person’s career and is given for diverse activities that include research, teaching, administration, public service, practice, and notable participation in the Society.

The Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education

Lisa Borrero, PhD, MPH, CPH, FAGHE, University of Indianapolis; Mary Ann Erickson, PhD, FAGHE, Ithaca College; Jennifer Sasser, PhD, FAGHE, Portland Community College

Behavioral and Social Sciences

Alex Bishop, PhD, FGSA, Oklahoma State University; Marvin Formosa, BPsy, PGCE, MA, PhD, FGSA, University of Malta; Mark Hayward, PhD, FGSA, University of Texas Austin; Daniel Jimenez. PhD, FGSA, University of Miami; Nicky Newton, PhD, FGSA, Wilfrid Laurier University

Biological Sciences

Benjamin Miller, PhD, FGSA, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation

Health Sciences

Karen Bandeen-Roche, PhD, FGSA, Johns Hopkins University; Cynthia Brown, MD, FGSA, Louisiana State University; Jane Cauley, DrPH, FGSA, University of Pittsburgh; Xi Chen, DDS, PhD, FGSA, University of Iowa; Tara Cortes, PhD, FGSA, New York University; Kristine Ensrud, MD, MPH, FGSA, University of Minnesota; Evan Hadley, MD, FGSA, National Institute on Aging; Gregory Hicks, PhD, FGSA, University of Delaware; Jung-Ah Lee, PhD, FGSA, University of California, Irvine; Suzanne Leveille, PhD, RN, FGSA, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Hao Liu, PT, PhD, FGSA, University of North Texas; Marco Pahor, MD, FGSA, University of Florida; Ronald Shorr, MD, MS, FGSA, University of Florida; Philip St. John, MD, FGSA, University of Manitoba; Jessie VanSwearingen, PhD, PT, FAPTA, FGSA, University of Pittsburgh; Joe Verghese, MBBS, MS, FGSA, Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Jeff Williamson, MD, FGSA, Wake Forest; Beverly Gwen Windham, MD, FGSA, University of Mississippi; Franziska Zuniga, PhD, RN, FGSA, University of Basel

Social Research, Policy, and Practice

Sharon Bowland, PhD, FGSA, University of Tennessee; Karen Bullock, PhD, FGSA, North Carolina State University; Holly Dabelko-Schoeny, PhD, FGSA, The Ohio State University; Linda Edelman, PhD, MPhil, RN, FGSA, University of Utah; Brian Kaskie, PhD, FGSA, University of Southern California; Tsuann Kuo, PhD, FGSA, Chung Shan Medical University; Darren Liu, DrPH, FGSA, Des Moines University; Kristine Mulhorn, PhD, FGSA, Drexel University; Kelly Niles-Yokum, PhD, FAGHE, FGSA, University of La Verne; Karla Washington, PhD, Washington University

 

 

 

ABOUT GSA

The Gerontological Society of America is the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. GSA’s principal mission — and that of our 5,500 members — is to promote the study of aging and disseminate information to scientists, decision makers, and the general public. Founded in 1945, GSA is the driving force behind advancing innovation in aging — both domestically and internationally. Our members come from more than 50 countries. To further fulfill our mission, GSA assembles more than 3,500 professionals from around the world to an Annual Scientific Meeting. This monumental event now features more than 500 sessions each year. Additionally, we publish the field’s preeminent peer-reviewed journals.

LATEST TWEETS

GET IN TOUCH

The Gerontological Society of America
1220 L Street NW, Suite 901
Washington, DC 20005
United States

General/Registration
membership@geron.org
202-842-1275

Meeting Logistics/Program
meetings@geron.org
202-587-5890

Abstracts/Speakers
abstracts@geron.org


Website: geron.org