In order to consolidate gerontology-related efforts on campus, the Institute of Gerontology will close, effective at the end of the fall 2015 semester. The Center for Successful Aging (CSA) in the College of Health and Human Development (director, Dr. Debra Rose) will become the primary center for research-related activities in the area of gerontology. The Gerontology Academic Program (GAP) in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (coordinator, Dr. Laura Zettel-Watson) will continue to direct gerontology education and curriculum. Both the CSA and the GAP will expand their outreach activities, absorbing the institute’s existing community outreach endeavors. Please visit these websites for more information.
The mission of the Institute of Gerontology at California State University Fullerton is the advancement of successful aging practices through research, education, and community service. Programs and projects developed and sponsored by the Institute, or affiliated with the Institute, will promote successful aging within the broad parameters of wellness of mind and body and through the implementation of appropriate public policies. The Institute will enhance the dissemination of information pertaining to gerontology, and shall engender multi- and inter- disciplinary research and projects, promoting a university environment that is congenial for such research and activities in gerontology. The Institute shall foster communication of ideas and information concerning gerontology. Whenever possible the Institute’s activities and programs shall be structured to allow the full participation of all its members.
Laura Zettel-Watson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Gerontology Program Council at California State University, Fullerton. Her research focuses on close relationships in later life. She is especially interested in how social support and social participation impact physical and psychological well-being for at-risk populations. She currently is involved in studies investigating caregiver health and well-being, social support resources available to those aging without a spouse and/or adult children, and the impact of psychosocial factors on persons with fibromyalgia.