UPS Foundation Professor of Gerontology, Policy and Planning
PhD, Harvard University, 1974
MCP, Harvard University, 1971
AB, Harvard College, 1964
Jon Pynoos, PhD, is the UPS Foundation Professor of Gerontology, Policy and Planning at the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. He is also Director of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence.
Pynoos has spent his career researching, writing, and advising the government and non-profit sectors concerning how to improve housing and long-term care for the elderly. He has conducted a large number of applied research projects based on surveys and case studies of housing, aging in place and long-term care. He teaches courses on Social Policy and Aging.
Pynoos has been awarded both Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships. Before moving to USC in 1979, Pynoos was Director of an Area Agency on Aging/Home Care Corporation in Massachusetts that provided a range of services to keep older persons out of institutional settings. He holds undergraduate, Master’s and PhD degrees from Harvard University where he graduated Magna cum Laude.
The UPS Professorship
In 1982, The UPS Foundation, a philanthropic program of the United Parcel Service, created two professorships at USC, one in law and one in gerontology, from an endowment they had created in the early 1970s to support research in justice and aging. The professorship in gerontology is designed for scholars who conduct research in policy issues related to aging, Jon Pynoos, PhD, is the second faculty to be appointed the UPS Professor in Gerontology at USC.
GERO 505: Behavioral and Social Consequences of Design and Environment (4.0 units) Examination of the behavioral and social consequences of design and the environment to create a more satisfying physical environment for both frail and active older adults.
GERO 540: Social Policy and Aging (4.0 units) Major legislation and programs; examination and analysis of policy-making and political processes affecting development and implementation of programs for older persons.