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Castle to receive GSA's 2016 Elaine M. Brody Thought Leader Award

The Gerontological Society of America

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) -- the nation's largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging -- has chosen Nicholas G. Castle, BSc (hons), MHA, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh as the 2016 recipient of the Elaine M. Brody Thought Leader Award.

This distinguished honor is given annually by GSA's Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section (SRPP) to one of its members in acknowledgement of outstanding career contributions in social research, policy, and practice. It was established in 2009 and honors the late Elaine M. Brody, MSW, DSc (hon), a former SRPP section chair and GSA president whose pioneering research in social gerontology focused on family caregiving and enhancing the well-being of older people.

The award presentation will take place at GSA's 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 16 to 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana. This conference is organized to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, educators, and practitioners who specialize in the study of the aging process. Visit for further details.

Castle is a professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Pittsburgh. He has more than 150 first-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals and is currently working on several grant-funded initiatives. He serves on several editorial boards, and is the editor for international research for the GSA's The Gerontologist. His current research focuses on examining staff turnover in nursing homes, staffing issues in long term care, and nursing home top management.

He also is a GSA fellow, which represents the Society's highest class of membership.


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 Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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