Lifetime Achievement Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

2015 Lifetime Achievement Award

 Harvey Sterns

Dr. Sterns has been one of the most active and visible psychologists in the field of aging in the State of Ohio and beyond.

He has been involved in gerontology and geriatrics education since the early 70’s. At The University of Akron, he was one of the founding faculty of the M.A./Ph.D. Program in Applied Cognitive Aging and is the director of the Institute for Life-Span Development and Gerontology.

He was one of two individuals to testify before the Ohio Legislature in 1977 in support of the creation of Offices of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology in all 7 of Ohio’s Medical Schools.

Since 1978, he has held an appointment in the Office of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, and served for years on the Ohio Board of Regents Committee on Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology and on a special task force convened by the Board of Regents on Gerontology in Higher Education.

OAGE evolved from the (ONECA), which was founded in the mid-1970s to serve as the educational and technical advisory board to the Ohio Department of Aging. Dr. Sterns was one of the founding members of ONECA – Ohio Network of Educational Consultants in the Field of Aging.

He is also a strong advocate at the local level:

  • 29 year member of the City of Akron Commission on Aging
  • Past-President of Jewish Family Services in Akron and Mature Services, Inc., the largest social service agency serving older people in the greater Summit County (OH) area.
  • Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, and the Ohio Academy of Science.

He has served as president of 3 national organizations:

  • Association for Gerontology in Higher Education
  • Sigma Phi Omega, National Academic & Honor Society In Gerontology
  • Division 20 Adult Dev & Aging of the American Psychological Assoc

Amidst all this service to the community and professional organizations, he is regarded as an international scholar/expert on aging and work. He has co-authored and/or edited 4 books, and more than 90 book chapters and articles.

Nominations

OAGE accepts nominations of individuals in Ohio to be recognized for their contributions in the areas of education, research, and practice. For more information, click on the links below.

2015 Practitioner of the Year

2015 Practitioner of the Year

2015 Practitioner of the Year

Joseph Rossi
Executive Director
Area Agency on Aging XI, Youngstown, Ohio

Joe has worked in the aging network for over 20 years and is a graduate of Youngstown State University and The Ohio State University.  He currently is the chair of the Youngstown State University Gerontology Community Advisory Committee. His talents include the ability to deal with an area that encompasses urban, rural, and suburban older adults and Appalachia. Joe is very supportive of aging education. His willingness to collaborate with gerontology graduates, student interns, and faculty increase understanding of the barriers and opportunities working with the AAA network.

 

Nominations

 

OAGE accepts nominations of individuals in Ohio to be recognized for their contributions in the areas of education, research, and practice. For more information, click on the links below.

 

2015 Researcher of the Year

2015 Researcher of the Year

2015 Researcher of the Year

Virginia E. Richardson
Professor in Clinical Practice and Research
College of Social Work, The Ohio State University

Virginia “Ginny” Richardson has held numerous leadership positions throughout her career including the Director of Aging Research for the Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology at Ohio State and President of the Association for Gerontological Education in Social Work.

Her research primarily focuses on caregiving among minority groups and bereavement in late life.  Funding most recently includes

  • Innovative Community Academic Partnership grant for a Senior Companion Program Plus for Dementia Caregivers.
  • Perceptions of Dementia Caregivers among Minority Groups: Exploring Similarities and Differences using a Mixed Methods Exploratory Sequential Design.
  • Coping with Bereavement in Later Life – longitudinal study of widow and widowers using CLOC – Changing Lives of Older Couples data.
  • Study of psychometric properties of ADEPT, evaluation of medical student older patient interactions in a simulated home environment.

Her publications contain a very long list. As highlights, she co-authored and published a book, Gerontological Practice for the Twenty-first Century. Other highlights include a multi-level perspective on gender differences in the relationship between poverty status and depression among older adults in the United States,” published in the Journal of Women and Aging and “Inclusion or exclusion? Exploring barriers to employment for low-income  older adults,” published in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

Some recent presentations include a paper focusing on intersectionality titled, “Critical feminist gerontology: Application to persons living alone with Alzheimer’s Disease” and on “Cultural Variability among dementia caregivers: A qualitative ethnocultural inquiry” at the

Ginny also serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Gerontologist and the Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

Nominations

 

OAGE accepts nominations of individuals in Ohio to be recognized for their contributions in the areas of education, research, and practice. For more information, click on the links below.

 

2015 Educator of the Year

2015 Educator of the Year

2015 Educator of the Year

Daniel J. Van Dussen
Associate Professor of Gerontology
Youngstown State University

He started teaching in 2006 at Youngstown State University teaching graduate and undergraduate courses ranging in topics from Medical Gerontology to Sociology of Health, Illness, and Healthcare. He created Youngstown State’s master’s degree program in gerontology with approval in 2013.

As stated in his nominator’s letter:

Beyond just the role of advisor and mentor, Dr. Van Dussen has gone out of his way to provide personal and professional development and networking opportunities for students of all levels across the disciplines. In truth, Dan possesses that rare passion for developing the professional lives of others and watching others succeed. This is evident in his willingness to work behind the scenes and take a backseat when it is time to receive credit for a particular achievement. He makes a personal commitment to each of his students; and he is an asset to our university and to older adults in the community. It is not uncommon for Dan to find a car for a student who lacks transportation, a job for those who cannot attend school otherwise, and to be available to students far more than any faculty member I have ever encountered, even long after they have graduated.

Nominations

 

OAGE accepts nominations of individuals in Ohio to be recognized for their contributions in the areas of education, research, and practice. For more information, click on the links below.