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.