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Annual Scientific Meeting Program Working Groups

Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education Working Group: Tina Newsham, PhD, FAGHE, University of North Carolina Wilmington

  • Christine Fruhauf, Colorado State University
  • Yan-Jhu Su, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • Janelle Fassi, University of Massachusetts Boston

Behavioral and Social Sciences Working Group: Karen Lincoln, PhD, FGSA, University of California, Irvine

  • Jennifer Ailshire, University of Southern California
  • Alexis Bender, Emory University
  • Sarah Chard, UMBC
  • Poshan Dahal, Case Western Reserve University
  • Katherin Kwong, Connecticut College
  • Yujun Liu, Northern Illinois University
  • Molly Maxfield, Arizona State University
  • Kylie Meyer, Case Western Reserve University
  • Pamela Monaghan-Geernaert, Northern State University
  • Heehyul Moon, University of Louisville
  • Malinee Neelamegam, University of North Texas HSC
  • Donya Nemati, Indiana University
  • Zexi Zhou, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Sara Hackett, University of South Florida
  • E-Shien Chang, Weill Cornell Medical College

Biological Sciences Working Group: Blanka Rogina​, PhD, FGSA, University of Connecticut Health

  • Nathan LeBrasseur, Mayo Clinic
  • Matthew Yousefzadeh, University of Minnesota

Emerging Scholar and Professional Organization Working Group: Brianna Morgan, MSN, University of Pennsylvania Health System

  • Rita Hu, University of Michigan
  • Autum Decker, Washington State University 
  • Elinore Avni, Boston University
  • HanNah Cho, University of Pennsylvania
  • Katie Kwong, Connecticut College
  • Lilly H Estenson, University of Southern California
  • Malissa Mulkey, University of South Carolina
  • Moka Yoo, Northeastern University
  • Renata Komalasari, University of North Texas
  • Samuel Nemeth, Purdue University

Health Sciences Workgroup: Debra Bakerjian, FAAN,FGSA,MSN,NP,PhD, University of California-Davis

  • Mo-Kyung Sin, Seattle University
  • Joan Carptenter, University of Maryland Baltimore
  • Maritza Dowling, George Washington University - School of Nursing
  • A R M Saifuddin Ekram, Monash University
  • Andrea Zakrajsek, Eastern Michigan University
  • Manuel Hernandez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Wenxin Bian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Kyle Moored, University of Pittsburgh
  • Katherine Britt, University of Pennsylvania

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

  • Erin Bouldin, University of Utah
  • Laurent Reyes, UC Berkley

Social Research, Policy, and Practice Working Group: Jung Kwak, MSW, PhD, FGSA​, University of Texas at Austin

  • Tetyana Shippee, University of Minnesota
  • Julie Bobitt, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Leslie Hasche, University of Denver
  • Lindsay Peterson, University of South Florida
  • Ozcan Tunalilar, Portland State University
  • Kexin Yu, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Sara Bybee, University of Utah


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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