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Think Tank on Healthy Aging


Members of the UC San Diego Think Tank on Healthy Aging are developing national recommendations to improve health care, housing, technology and the quality of life for the approximately 47 million Americans who are 55 years or older.

Think Tank Members

Chair: Dilip V. Jeste, MD
Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care
Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences
Director, Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging

Co-Chair: Dan G. Blazer II, MD, MPH, PhD
J.P. Gibbons Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Duke University

Kathleen C.  Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN
Co-Director, National Health Law and Policy Resource Center College of Law
Professor of Research & Distinguished Nurse Scientist in Aging, Donald W. Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, College of Nursing, University of Oklahoma Health Science Center

Laura L. Carstensen, PhD
Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy
Professor of Psychology
Director, Stanford Center on Longevity
Stanford University

Keri-Leigh Cassidy, MD, FRCPC 
Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry
Clinical Academic Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Program,
Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

John Feather, PhD
Chief Executive Officer
Grantmakers in Aging

Len Fishman, JD
Director of the Gerontology Institute at University of Massachusetts Boston’s John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies

Gary L. Gottlieb, MD, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Partners in Health

Lisa P. Gwyther, MSW, LCSW
Director, Family Support Program
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Duke University Medical Center

Christopher A. Langston, PhD
Program Director
The John A. Hartford Foundation

Kiang J. Liu, PhD
Professor in Preventive Medicine-Epidemiology and
Medicine-General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Ramesh Rao, PhD
Director, UCSD Division of the California Institute for
Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2)
Professor, Jacobs School of Engineering
Qualcomm Endowed Chair in Telecommunications and Information Technology

Sandi Rosenbloom, PhD
Professor of Planning at the University of Texas at Austin
Director of the Innovation in Infrastructure program at the Urban Institute

Judith A. Salerno, MD, MS
President and Chief Executive Officer, Susan G. Komen

William Vega, PhD
Provost Professor and Executive Director, Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging
University of Southern California


Please email Maja Gawronska, Training and Community Relations Manager, if you have any questions about the Think Tank on Healthy Aging.