Resnick Takes Office as The Gerontological Society of America’s President

For Immediate Release
December 19, 2016

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Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP, of the University of Maryland School of Nursing has been installed as the new president of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging. She was elected by GSA’s membership, which consists of more than 5,500 researchers, educators, practitioners, and other professionals.

Resnick is the 73rd person to hold the office since the Society was founded in 1945. As president, she will oversee matters of GSA’s governance and strategic planning, while also playing an active role in the 2017 International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics World Congress, which GSA will host in San Francisco, California, from July 23 to 27.

“During my year of presidency I hope to lead GSA in a focus on utilizing innovative approaches to optimize the care provided to older adults to best address their clinical, social, emotional, financial, housing, legal, oral, and functional needs, among others,” Resnick said. “In so doing the goal is to assure the best possible quality of life for all older individuals. I believe we can do this as we expand our discipline focus to include all individuals who can help provide older adults with useful services or resources here within our country and internationally.”

Resnick serves as a professor in the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health at the University of Maryland School of Nursing; co-directs the Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Program and the Biology and Behavior Across the Lifespan Research Center of Excellence; holds the Sonya Ziporkin Gershowitz Chair in Gerontology; and does clinical work at Roland Park Place. Her research program is focused on optimizing function and physical activity among older adults, facilitating healthy behaviors among older adults across all settings of care, exploring resilience and genetics on function and physical activity, and testing dissemination and implementation of interventions in real world settings.   

As both a clinician and academician, Resnick has received a number of honors, most recently including a 2014 Honorary Doctor of Science from State University of New York on behalf of the SUNY Board of Trustees; the 2015 Dennis W. Jahnigen Memorial Award from the American Geriatrics Society; a 2015 induction into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame; and the 2015 University of Maryland Regents Award for Mentoring. She is also a previous recipient of GSA’s Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award and is a former chair of GSA’s Health Sciences Section.

“Barb has an extensive history working across disciplines in teaching, research and in practice settings,” said GSA Executive Director and CEO James Appleby, BSPharm, MPH. “Her commitment to behavior change and health promotion activities has been a focus throughout her career, and we look forward to working with her to advance innovation in aging in the year ahead.”


The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.


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