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Gerontology

College of Health and Human Services

A CSULB Student works on the grass

Director: Barbara White

Department Office: Family and Consumer Sciences Faculty (FCS) Addition, Room 014
Telephone / FAX: (562) 985-1582 / 985-4414
Email: bwhite@csulb.edu

Administrative Support Coordinators: Mikal Lok

Instructional Support Technician: Bonnie Rice

Faculty Interest Group

Jeanne Bader (emeritus), Lee Blecher, Kay Cerny, Young-Hec Cho (emeritus), Maria Claver, Tom Crowe, Shelley Ericksen, Janet Fisher, Mohammed Forouzesh, Gail Frank, Robert Friis, Agathi Glezakos, Catherine Goodman, Kenneth Gregory (emeritus), Sharon Guthrie, Judy Hails, Robert Harman (emeritus), David Harrison, Joellen Hartley, Alan Henderson, Carol Itatani, Hazel Jackson (emerita), Mary Jacob (emerita), K. J. James, Maridith Janssen, Barry Lavay, Marge Lichty, Tracey Mayfield, Olfat Mohamed, Clyde Pentz, Marilyn Potts, Bonnie Rader, Molly Ranney, Wendy Reiboldt, Pamela Roberts, Jan Schroeder, David Schult,Donna Schwab, Lydia Sondhi, Kim-Phong Vu, Eileen Watson, Barbara White, Mary Wolfinbarger

Career Possibilities

General: social services agencies; Health care institutions; government agencies; retirement communities; educational and research settings; professional organizations; business and industry; religious organizations; the arts and sciences.

Direct Service: developing programs; providing direct care; teaching in community settings; counseling; advising about estate planning, investments, long-term care financing; advocating for older adults.

Indirect Service: analyzing issues related to older persons; planning, administering, and evaluating community-based and health related services; writing grants; teaching; advocating before legislative bodies; designing products; developing marketing strategies; consulting.

Introduction

Gerontology is the scientific study of the processes and phenomena of aging. The Gerontology Program's mission is to improve the lives of middle aged and older individuals; provide training, consultation and other services; and conduct research.

The Gerontology Program is enhanced by the Gerontology Faculty Interest Group, the Center for Successful Aging and a chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, The National Academic Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology.

The Center for Successful Aging is part of a complex of centers and organizations on the campus of California State University, Long Beach that are involved with aging-related issues. The Center is a transdisciplinary academic/community partnership to promote collaborative innovations in education, practice, policy development and research.

Students in the Gerontology Program are eligible for membership in Sigma Phi Omega, the national academic honor and professional society in gerontology.