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Annual Scientific Meeting Program Working Groups

Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education Working Group: Joann Montepare, FAGHE, FGSA, PhD, Lasell University

  • Tina Newsham, University of North Carolina Wilmington
  • Heidi Ewen, University of Indianapolis
  • Jennifer Mendez, Wayne State University
  • Yan-Jhu Su, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Shan Qu, University of Massachusetts Boston

Behavioral and Social Sciences Working Group: Shannon Jarrott, PhD, FGSA, The Ohio State University

  • Karen Lincoln, University of Southern California
  • Sarah Chard, UMBC
  • Jing Huang, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
  • Yijung Kim, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Gianna Kohl, University College London
  • Naoko Muramatsu, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Kylie Meyer, UT Health Sciences at San Antonio
  • Sara Hackett, University of South Florida

Biological Sciences Working Group: Rozalyn Anderson, PhD, FGSA, University of Wisconsin–Madison

  • Blanka Rogina, University of Connecticut Health
  • Brandt Pence, University of Memphis
  • Adam Salmon, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Jonathan Wanagat, UCLA
  • Alice Kane, Harvard University Medical School
  • Matthew Yousefzadeh, University of Minnesota

Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Working Group: Kalisha Bonds, PhD, Emory University

  • Brianna Morgan, University of Pennsylvania
  • Liza Behrens, Pennsylvania State University
  • Lilly Estenson, University of Southern California
  • Kaleigh Ligus, University of Connecticut
  • Sanjay Pandey, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Orly Tonkikh, University of Haifa

Health Sciences Workgroup: Kirsten Corazzini, PhD, PhD, FGSA, University of Maryland School of Nursing

  • Debra Bakerjian , University of California-Davis
  • Nancy Glynn, University of Pittsburgh
  • Jessica Lee, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
  • Wen Liu, University of Iowa College of Nursing
  • Aladdin Shadyab, University of California, San Diego
  • Yun Zhang, Stony Brook University
  • An Nguyen, Ceadars Sinai Medical Center
  • Kyle Moored, University of Pittsburgh

Interdisciplinary Working Group: Kara Dassel, PhD, PhD, FAGHE, FGSA, University of Utah

  • Alycia Bristol, University of Utah
  • Sojung Park, Washington University in Saint Louis

Social Research, Policy, and Practice Working Group: Debra Dobbs, PhD, FGSA, University of South Florida

  • Jung Kwak, University of Texas at Austin
  • Howard Degenholtz, University of Pittsburgh
  • Roberta Greene, University of Texas at Austin
  • Hongdao Meng, University of South Florida
  • Kali Thomas, Brown University
  • Lisa Troy, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Sarah Dys, Portland State University
  • Kexin Yu, University of Southern California


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 nearly 4,000 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.



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