Marie Bernard ’72 Receives Gerontological Society of America Award

Posted August 14th, 2014 at 4:17 pm.

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) has chosen Marie Bernard ’72 as the 2014 recipient of the Donald P. Kent Award. This honor is given annually to a GSA member who best exemplifies the highest standards for professional leadership in gerontology through teaching, service, and interpretation of gerontology to the larger society.

Bernard has been the deputy director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) since October 2008. She also serves as co-chair of two Department of Health and Human Services Healthy People 2020 objectives. Within NIH she serves on the Women in Biomedical Careers Working Group.

Bernard was formerly the Donald W. Reynolds Chair in Geriatric Medicine and founding professor and chair of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. She additionally served as the associate chief of staff for geriatrics and extended care at the Oklahoma City Veterans Affairs Medical Center and director of the Oklahoma Geriatric Education Center. She has been president of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs; president of GSA’s educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education; board member of the American Geriatrics Society; and chair of the Health Sciences Section of GSA. Bernard is also a GSA fellow.

GSA is devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the society is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public.

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