Congratulations to new GSA Fellows!


George Demiris, PhD


Hilaire J. Thompson, PhD, RN


The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging has notified Dr. Demiris of his appointment to Fellowship status through the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of the GSA and Dr. Thompson of her appointment to Fellowship status through the Health Sciences Section of the GSA. 

GSA fellowship — the highest class of membership was bestowed by their professional colleagues — is an acknowledgment of their outstanding and continuing work in the field of gerontology.

Please join the de Tornyay Center in congratulating Dr. Demiris and Dr. Thompson as they receive this notable honor.



Gerontology increasingly emphasizes the positive aspects of aging. At the Center, we promote development of researchers from undergraduate students through senior faculty by creating opportunities for researchers to exchange ideas, funding projects, and sharing research findings through seminars and presentations.

2014-2015 Applications for Healthy Aging Research Scholarships are available.

The de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging is pleased to provide scholarships to both undergraduate and graduate students to pursue research in the field of gerontology.  Faculty mentors offer individual guidance and serve as valuable resources for beginning researchers.  To date, nearly 100 undergraduate and graduate scholarships have been awarded.

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Faculty affiliated with the de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging come from several health science fields and conduct research ranging from basic research to clinical inquiry and systems research.  Studies are conducted in a variety of settings, including both communities and organizations.