From gerontology PhD to policymaker in aging. Halley Gallo aims to help states promote health and well-being across the lifespan

Haley Gallo, PhD '22 plans to dedicate her career to helping states implement evidence-based policies that promote healthy aging.

Q: What program are you in at the USC Leonard Davis School?

PhD in Gerontology, Class of 2022.

Q: What inspired you to pick this program?

The incredible interdisciplinary faculty! 

Q: What do you plan on doing with your degree once you graduate, and what are your career goals?

I’ll be a Medicaid Researcher with Mathematica. I want to dedicate my career to helping states implement evidence-based policies that promote health and well-being throughout the life course.

Q: What is the most rewarding or interesting part about studying gerontology at USC?

Learning from interdisciplinary faculty and coming to realize how the biology, psychology, sociology, and policy of aging are all interconnected.

Q: What are some other projects or activities that you’ve been involved in?

Consulting with state and local governments, and a policy internship with the Gerontological Society of America.

Q: What is one of your favorite courses you’ve taken at the School?

The grant writing class with Dr. Zelinski.

Q: What would you want other young people to know about gerontology and working with older adults?

Gerontology is relevant for pretty much all careers!