The Gerontological Society of America Selects 2018 Fellows

For Immediate Release
June 12, 2018

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — has named 89 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.

The new fellows will be formally recognized during GSA’s 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 14 to 18 in Boston, Massachusetts. Full details of this conference are available at

Behavioral and Social Sciences Section
Nicole Anderson, PhD, Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest; Allison Bielak, PhD, MS, Colorado State University; Iraida V. Carrion, PhD, University of South Florida; Grace Caskie, PhD, Lehigh University; Kyong Hee Chee, PhD, Texas State University; Denise Cloutier, PhD, University of Victoria; Megan Dolbin-MacNab, PhD, Virginia Tech; Amy Eisenstein, PhD, CJE SeniorLife; Malitta Engstrom, PhD, MSW, University of Pennsylvania; Cassandra Ford, PhD, RN, MSN, MBA, University of Alabama; Esme Fuller-Thomson, PhD, University of Toronto; Alyssa Gamaldo, PhD, The Pennsylvania State University; Patricia Griffiths, PhD, Emory University, GA Tech & VHA; Marnin Heisel, PhD, University of Western Ontario; Martin Hyde, PhD, Swansea University; Nancy Karlin, PhD, University of Northern Colorado; Migette Kaup, PhD, Kansas State University; Corinne Leach PhD, MPH, American Cancer Society; Anja Leist, PhD, University of Luxembourg; I-Fen Lin, PhD, Bowling Green State University; Eileen MaloneBeach, PhD, Central Michigan University; Jennifer Morgan, PhD, Georgia State University; Adam Perzynski, PhD, Case Western Reserve University; Christine Proulx, PhD, University of Missouri; James Raymo, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Amy Roberts, PhD, Miami University; Sonia Salari, PhD, University of Utah; Markus Schafer, PhD, University of Toronto; Oliver Schilling, PhD, University of Heidelberg; Suzanne Segerstrom, PhD, MPH, University of Kentucky; Adam Shapiro, PhD, California State University San Marcos; Myrna Silverman, PhD, University of Pittsburgh; Renae Smith-Ray, PhD, Walgreen Co; Samantha Solimeo, PhD, DO, MPH, Iowa City VA Health Care System; Jennifer Stanley PhD, MS, University of Akron; Ann Steffen, PhD, University of Missouri-Saint Louis; Christine Stephens, PhD, Massey University; Antonio Terracciano, PhD, Florida State University; Amber Watts, PhD, University of Kansas; Loriena Yancura, PhD, University of Hawaii at Manoa; Jeremy Yorgason, PhD, Brigham Young University; Zhenmei Zhang, PhD, Michigan State University

Biological Sciences Section
Alan Cohen, PhD, Universite de Sherbrooke; Nathan LeBrasseur, PhD, Mayo Clinic; Shin Murakami, PhD, Touro University; Christian Sell, PhD, Drexel University

Health Sciences Section
Joel Anderson, PhD, University of Tennessee; Melissa Batchelor-Murphy, PhD, RN, FNP, FAAN, Duke University School of Nursing; John Batsis, MD, Dartmouth College; Richard Bohannon, EdD, University of Connecticut; Ashley Bryant, PhD, RN, University of North Carolina; Thomas Buford, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham; Mary DiBartolo, PhD, Salisbury University; Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH, Brown University; Sherry Greenberg, PhD, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing; Theresa Harvath, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of California, Davis, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing; Barbara Holtzclaw, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; Natalie Leland, PhD, University of Pittsburgh; Heather Leutwyler PhD, RN, University of California, San Francisco; Sheila Molony, PhD, Quinnipiac University; Manuel Montero Odasso, MD, PhD, University of Western Ontario; Joanne Murabito, MD, Boston University School of Medicine; Subashan Perera, PhD, University of Pittsburgh; Michelle Porter, PhD, University of Manitoba; Ingrid Pretzer-Aboff, PhD, RN, Virginia Commonwealth University; Carol Rogers, PhD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; Tatiana Sadak, PhD, University of Washington School of Nursing; Stephen Shuman, DDS, University of Minnesota; Amy Silva-Smith, PhD, University of Colorado Colorado Springs; Laurence Solberg, MD, University of Florida College of Medicine; Jenny van der Steen, PhD, Leiden University Medical Center; Nancy Woods, PhD, University of Washington; Lan Yao, PhD, RN, Oakland University; Tracey Yap, PhD, Duke University

Social Research Policy and Practice Section
Jean Accius, PhD, AARP; Sunha Choi PhD, MSW, University of Tennessee at Knoxville; Emily Greenfield, PhD, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Man Guo, PhD, The University of Iowa; Emily Ihara, PhD, MSW, George Mason University; Kathryn Kietzman, PhD, MSW, University of California, Los Angeles, Center for Health Policy Research; Judith Lucas, EdD, Seton Hall University; Richard Morycz, PhD, University of Pittsburgh; Emily Nicklett, PhD, MA, MSW, University of Michigan; Mary Parker, PhD, Institute for Palliative & Hospice Training, Inc; Judith Smith, PhD, Fordham University; Gail Towsley, PhD, University of Utah; Denise Tyler, PhD, RTI International; Amanda Woodward, PhD, Michigan State University; Heather Young, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of California, Davis, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing


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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