UK College of Social Work’s Dr. Allison Gibson Named Fellow for the Gerontological Society of America

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Allison Gibson, Ph.D. associate professor at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work and affiliate faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health Graduate Center for Gerontology, has been named a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA).

Gibson, a graduate of The Ohio State University, is an expert on aging, mild cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRDs). Her research focuses on testing psychosocial interventions for persons living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias, as well as with their family caregivers.

“I am honored to join the ranks as a GSA fellow,” said Gibson. “Many of the GSA mentors and colleagues I admire have also been recognized for their outstanding work in gerontology. It is such a privilege to be acknowledged among these exceptional scholars.”

Gibson’s current projects include a pilot study of a telehealth-based program for rural caregivers adapting their home environments for adults with ADRD, a novel social work and music therapy telehealth framework to promote older adult wellbeing, and the development of a state-of-the-art clinical trial infrastructure within the Alzheimer Clinical Trial Consortium.

“We are proud of the outstanding work Dr. Gibson has done, and will continue to do, as a researcher in the field of gerontology,” said Jay Miller, dean of the College of Social Work. “Being named a GSA fellow is a wonderful recognition of her research and we — as an institution — look forward to continuing to support that research.” 

The Gerontological Society of America, founded in 1945, is a multidisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. Fellow status is the highest class of membership within the GSA society.

For 85 years, the University of Kentucky College of Social Work (CoSW) has been a leader in social work education. As a college, we promote community and individual well-being through translational research and scholarship, exemplary teaching, and vital community engagement. We are committed to the people and social institutions throughout Kentucky, the nation, and the world. Like the University, CoSW is an organization that cultivates a diverse academic community characterized by interpersonal fairness and social justice. We are fiercely committed to developing outstanding social work professionals — leaders who will serve individuals, families, and communities through innovative and effective practices that are guided by cultural competency, systematic ethical analysis, and a keen and pragmatic understanding of the human condition.  

UK College of Social Work’s Dr. Allison Gibson Named Fellow for the Gerontological Society of America