USC Davis School Experts at GSA 2016

The 2016 Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, taking place November 16-20 in New Orleans, Louisiana, will feature symposia, posters and papers led by USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology faculty and student researchers. Below are featured faculty experts and their presentations (session numbers in bold); for more details and the full conference program, please visit the GSA website.

To learn more about USC presentations at the conference and to arrange an interview with an expert during the conference, contact Orli Belman at obelman@usc.edu or (310) 709-4156.

Cleopatra Abdou PhD
Assistant Professor of Gerontology & Psychology, cabdou@usc.edu
Expertise:

  • Minority issues and aging
  • Stereotype threat

Presentations:

  • Journalists in Aging Program
  • 60 Symposium: Minority Aging: Discrimination and Healthcare Stereotype Threat

 

Jennifer Ailshire PhD
Assistant Professor of Gerontology, ailshire@usc.edu
Expertise:

  • Chronic disease
  • Communities, isolation and aging
  • Demographics
  • Homelessness
  • Pollution and health

Presentations:

  • 185 Paper: Chronic Disease
  • 1415 Symposium: Health Among Latinos in the America
  • 1535 Symposium: How Do Biomarkers Inform Our Understanding of Race and Ethnic Differences in Health?
  • 2335 Paper: Everyday Technology Use

 

Eileen Crimmins PhD
AARP Professor of Gerontology & University Professor, crimmin@usc.edu
Expertise:

  • Chronic diseases
  • Demographics
  • Healthy aging
  • Minority issues in aging

Presentations:

  • 185 Paper: Chronic Disease
  • 585 Minority Issues in Gerontology Committee Symposium: Age-Related Physical Functioning in Late Life: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
  • 745 Paper: Multimorbidity and Neurodegenerative Disease
  • 1535 Symposium: How Do Biomarkers Inform Our Understanding of Race and Ethnic Differences in Health?
  • 2335 Paper: Everyday Technology Use
  • 2340 Symposium: Childhood Experiences and Healthy Aging: Evidence from ELSA, SHARE, and HRS

 

Sean Curran PhD
Associate Professor of Biogerontology, spcurran@usc.edu
Expertise:

  • Aging biology
  • Healthy aging

Presentations:

  • 2025 Paper: Physiological and Immune Processes in Aging

 

Susan Enguídanos PhD, MPH
Associate Professor of Gerontology, sengui@aol.com
Expertise:

  • Palliative and hospice care
  • End of life, death and dying practices

Presentations:

  • 40 Paper: Nursing Home Processes and Matters of Quality Care
  • 205 Poster: Death, Dying, and Bereavement
  • 445 Poster: Environment, Volunteering, and Civic Engagement
  • 1225 Paper: Research Related to Hospice and End-of-Life Care

 

Caleb Finch PhD
ARCO/William F. Kieschnick Professor in the Neurobiology of Aging & University Professor, cefinch@usc.edu
Expertise:

  • Aging biology
  • Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Pollution and health

Presentations:

  • 205 Poster: Death, Dying, and Bereavement
  • 465 Poster: Physiology, Immunity, and Aging
  • 1720 Symposium: From Paleo to Postmodern: Human Aging and Health Span in Deep Historical Context

 

Zachary Gassoumis PhD
Research Assistant Professor, gassoumi@usc.edu
Expertise:

  • Caregiving
  • Elder abuse and financial exploitation

Presentations:

  • 125 Paper: Ageism and Adult Protective Services Research Developments
  • 205 Poster: Death, Dying and Bereavement
  • 430 Poster: Caregiving
  • 655 Paper: Research, Policies, and Practices in Financial Exploitation
  • LB1125 Late-Breaking Posters
  • 1550 Symposium: Detection and Reporting of Elder Abuse and Neglect: New Insights from Emerging Professionals
  • 1640 Poster: Elder Abuse and Adult Protection

 

Valter Longo PhD
Edna M. Jones Professor of Gerontology & Professor of Biological Sciences, vlongo@usc.edu
Expertise:

  • Nutrition and aging

Presentations:

  • 665 Symposium: Growth Pathways as Key Regulators of Aging, Stress, and Damage: GH, Insulin, and IGF-1
  • 1495 Symposium: Nutritional Interventions in Aging: Healthspan & Disease Vulnerability

 

Mara Mather PhD
Professor of Gerontology & Psychology, mara.mather@usc.edu
Expertise:

  • Emotion and cognition

Presentations:

  • 215 Poster: Emotions
  • 1740 Symposium: New Frontiers in Emotion and Aging
  • 2095 Symposium: Antecedents and Consequences of Psychological Well-Being in Old Age

 

Todd Morgan PhD
Research Professor of Gerontology, temorgan@usc.edu
Expertise:

  • Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Nutrition and aging
  • Pollution and health

Presentations:

  • 270 Late-Breaking Posters
  • 465 Poster: Physiology, Immunity, and Aging
  • 2340 Symposium: Childhood Experiences and Healthy Aging: Evidence from ELSA, SHARE, and HRS

 

Jon Pynoos PhD UPS Foundation Professor of Gerontology, Policy & Planning, pynoos@usc.edu
Expertise:

  • Fall prevention

Presentations:

  • 445 Poster: Environment, Volunteering, and Civic Engagement
  • 1585 Symposium: Expanding Possibilities Through Home, Health, and Housing: How Research Can Inform Policy

 

Elizabeth Zelinski PhD
Rita and Edward Polusky Chair in Education & Aging; Professor of Gerontology & Psychology, zelinski@usc.edu
Expertise:

  • Technology, artificial intelligence and aging

Presentations:

  • 865 Paper: Research Methods and Issues 1
  • 2335 Paper: Everyday Technology Use