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Hayslip to receive GSA's 2016 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology 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 Bert Hayslip Jr., PhD, of the University of North Texas as the 2016 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. Membership in GSA's Behavioral and Social Sciences Section also is required.

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.

Hayslip is a regents professor emeritus at the University of North Texas, as well as an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Psychology at Coastal Carolina University. His published aging research deals with noncognitive influences on intellectual functioning, grandparenthood, grandparent caregiving, death anxiety, hospice care, funeral rituals, mental health attitudes, grief and bereavement, interventions to improve cognitive functioning, and projective personality assessment.

He is a former editor of the International Journal of Aging and Human Development, and is an associate editor of Experimental Aging Research and Developmental Psychology. His coauthored/co-edited books include "Hospice Care" (Sage, 1992); "Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Theoretical, Empirical, and Clinical Perspectives" (Springer, 2000); "Historical Shifts in Attitudes Toward Death, Dying, and Bereavement" (Springer, 2005); "Parenting the Custodial Grandchild" (Springer, 2008); "Adult Development and Aging" (Krieger, 2011); "Emerging Perspectives on Resilience in Adulthood and Later Life" (Springer, 2012); and "Resilient Grandparent Caregivers: A Strengths-Based Perspective" (Routledge, 2012).

As a principal investigator or co-principal investigator, he has received more than $2.7 million in external support from the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He was most recently co-principal investigator on an NINR-funded project exploring interventions to improve the functioning of grandparent caregivers.

Hayslip is a GSA fellow, which represents the Society's highest class of membership, as well as a fellow of GSA's educational unit, the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education, and the American Psychological Association.


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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