Faculty Profile

Elizabeth Zelinski, Ph.D.

Rita and Edward Polusky Chair in Education and Aging
Professor of Gerontology and Psychology



Gerontechnology, neuroscience, cognition, memory, language comprehension


Elizabeth Zelinski, Ph.D., is a Professor of Gerontology and Psychology at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Dr. Zelinski has joint appointments in the Psychology Department, Neurosciences and the Study of Women and Men in Society (SWMS) Programs.

Dr. Zelinski graduated summa cum laude from Pace University and received her graduate degrees in psychology, with a specialization in aging, from the University of Southern California. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Claremont Graduate School.

Dr. Zelinski is the principal investigator of the Long Beach Longitudinal Study. This study evaluates cognition, memory and language comprehension in older adults as well as the relationship between peoples’ perceptions of their memory ability and their actual performance, and how these change as people grow old.

Contact Info

E-mail: zelinski@usc.edu

Mailing Address:

University of Southern California
Davis School of Gerontology
3715 McClintock Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0191

Office Location: GER 346

Office Phone: (213) 740-4918

Fax: (213) 740-0792


  • BA, Pace University, 1973
  • AM, USC, 1976
  • Ph.D., USC, 1979


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Long Beach Longitudinal Study