Gerontology Program Council Members


Barbara Cherry, Psychology

Email:      Office: H-735H          X2731

Research interests include memory and attention, cognitive aging, chronic pain, inter- hemispheric collaboration in younger and older adults, and longitudinal change in cognition.



Barbra Erickson, Anthropology

Email:      Office: MH-426E          X5697

Research interests include chronic illness, alternative therapies, cross-cultural comparison, and the impact of cultural beliefs and practices on aging.



Koren Fisher, Kinesiology

Email:      Office: KHS-226          X2603

Research Interests: Dr. Fisher is primarily interested in physical activity and sedentary behavior and their relationships with health, chronic disease risk factors, and health services utilization in community-dwelling older adults. She is also interested in the short and long term effects of physical activity interventions, including those involving high intensity and functional training methods used in athletic populations, on cardio- metabolic risk factors, quality of life, and health services utilization in older adults.



Kristin Kleinjans, Economics

Email:      Office: SGMH-3349          X8693

Dr. Kleinjans’ interests include health and inequality, labor economics, and the economics of education.  She has studied the manner in which different health insurance systems affect retirement behavior. She has also studied reasons for gender differences in educational and occupational choices.



Melanie Horn Mallers, Human Services

Email:      Office:  EC-456          X3890

Dr. Horn Mallers research interests include stress and health across the lifespan, parent- child relationship quality; aging and technology; aging and health behaviors, nursing home residents and evacuation, and advocacy and consumer protection.



Joyce Ono, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Email:      Office: RGC-006           X3198

President, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)



Mary Read, Counseling

Email:      Office: EC-484          X2167

Research interest: commitment to feminist theory and qualitative methods, as I believe that sharing the power generated by research is essential for social justice, and that hearing the voices of real people's lives-as-lived is the most natural source of knowledge. I am interested in many aspects of identity/identification, including professional/career identity, LGBT issues, and aging with dignity. I am also involved in projects in the areas of service learning, women's health, and disability issues.



Debbie Rose, Kinesiology

Email:      Office: KHS-245          X5846

Dr. Rose conducts research in the area of motor control and learning, and balance and mobility disorders, in particular. Dr. Rose is nationally and internationally recognized for her work in the area of fall risk reduction programming.



Eriko Self, Psychology

Email:      Office: H-810A          X8359

Dr. Self studies visual perception and color vision. A current research topic is the comparison of visual search performance between younger and older adults



Kathleen Wilson, Kinesiology

Email:      Office: KHS-220          X8329

Dr. Wilson’s research encompasses social influences for physical activity in youth and older adults. She has studied the use of health-related social control by parents after their children experience an activity lapse. Other topics of interest include social influences of groups, friends, family, and significant others (e.g., physicians), and theories of physical activity adherence and maintenance are areas of interest.



Karen Wong, Gerontology/Sociology

Email:      Office: H-424           X4167

Professor Wong’s research interests include aging and dementia, health and Illness, intergenerational relationships, age-related vision loss, and elder abuse



Laura Zettel-Watson, Psychology

Email:      Office: H-710H          X3898

Dr. Zettel-Watson’s research in the field of Gerontological Health Psychology includes a longitudinal study of the cognitive, physical, and social impacts of chronic pain conditions on aging adults. In addition, she examines daily-level drinking behaviors among aging adults, and the potential uses of everyday technology for enhancing the health and well-being of older adults.