Susan Krauss Whitbourne, professor of psychology and director of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement, has been elected chair of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section (BSS) of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) for the 2015-16 term.
In November, she will begin her duties as chair-elect, which will include organizing the GSA 2015 National Scientific Meeting in Orlando. 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 more than 5,400 members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. BSS is the largest of GSA’s four sections.
Whitbourne has been a fellow of the society for more than 30 years and has served in a number of leadership positions, including BSS fellowship chair, distinguished membership chair and student awards chair.