Public Release:  Krause to receive GSA's 2013 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award

The Gerontological Society of America

(GSA) -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has chosen Neal M. Krause, PhD, of the University of Michigan as the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award.

This distinguished honor is given annually to an individual whose theoretical contributions have helped bring about a new synthesis and perspective or have yielded original and elegant research designs addressing a significant problem in the literature.

The award presentation will take place at GSA's 66th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 20 to 24 in New Orleans. This conference is organized to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, educators, and practitioners who specialize in the study of the aging process. Visit http://www.geron.org/annualmeeting for further details.

At the University of Michigan, Krause is the Marshall H. Becker Collegiate Professor and associate chair of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education within the School of Public Health; a research professor in the Institute of Gerontology; and a research affiliate in the Population Studies Center within the Institute for Social Research.

Krause's work focuses on stress and the resources people use to cope with it. In particular, he is interested in stress and health among the elderly, and religion and health in late life. Since the mid-1990s, his research has focused on the study of religious determinants of physical and mental health and psychosocial outcomes both in older adults and throughout the life course.

He has been an author on nearly 253 peer-reviewed journal publications in the leading journals in gerontology, aging, sociology, and health, as well as written two books and 35 book chapters. He has served as principle investigator on more than 20 externally-funded grants from National Institutes of Health spanning nearly 30 years. Most recently, he was awarded a $8 million grant from the Templeton Foundation to conduct a "Landmark Spirituality and Health Survey," which is expected to be a definitive national study on spirituality and health.

Krause is a GSA fellow, which represents the Society's highest class of membership, and was the 2010 recipient of GSA's Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award for the book "Aging in the Church: How Social Relationships Affect Health."

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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 5,400+ 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 Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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