The Gerontological Society of America Names New Officers

For Immediate Release
July 16, 2021

Contact: Todd Kluss
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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging — is proud to announce its newest elected officers. These individuals were chosen by GSA’s membership, which consists of more than 5,500 researchers, educators, and practitioners.

The officers are responsible for matters of leadership and strategic planning and will assume their new roles on January 1, 2022.

Board of Directors

Vice President
James F. Nelson, PhD, FGSA
UT Health San Antonio

Carmen Sceppa, MD, PhD, FGSA
Northeastern University

Board Member
Karon L Phillips, PhD, MPH, CHES
Trust for America's Health

Board Member
Monique J. Brown, PhD, MPH
University of South Carolina

Section Leadership

Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education Vice Chair-Elect
Tina M. K. Newsham, PhD, FAGHE
University of North Carolina, Wilmington

Behavioral and Social Sciences Section Vice Chair-Elect
Karen D. Lincoln, PhD, MSW, MA, FGSA
University of Southern California

Biological Sciences Section Vice Chair-Elect
Blanka Rogina, PhD, MS, FGSA
University of Connecticut

Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Vice Chair-Elect
Brianna E. Morgan, MSN, CRNP, ACHPN
University of Pennsylvania

Health Sciences Section Vice Chair-Elect
Deb Bakerjian, PhD, APRN, FAAN, FAANP, FGSA
University of California, Davis

Social Research, Policy and Practice Section Vice Chair-Elect
Jung Kwak, PhD, MSW, FGSA
The University of Texas at Austin


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.

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