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Director: Barbara White

Department Office: Family and Consumer Sciences Faculty (FCS) Addition, Room 014

Telephone / FAX: (562) 985-1582 / 985-4414


Administrative Support Coordinators: Mikal Lok

Instructional Support Technician: Bonnie Rice

Faculty Interest Group: Cleothy Arellano, Lee Blecher, Kay Cerny, Young-Hee Cho, Maria Claver, Gail Farmer, Mohammed Forouzesh, Gail Frank, Sharon Guthrie, Vennila Krishnan, Kimberly Fox Machan, Theodora Papachristou, Rebecca Perley, Francine Vasilomanolakis. Maridith Janssen, Barry Lavay, Tracey Mayfield, Olfat Mohamed, Marilyn Potts, Molly Ranney, Wendy Reiboldt, Pamela Roberts, Jan Schroeder, Savitri Singh-Carlson, Kim-Phong Vu, Eileen Watson, Barbara White, Mary Wolfinbarger

Career Possibilities

General: social services agencies; health care institutions; government agencies; retirement communities; educational and research settings; professional organizations; business and industry; religious organizations; the arts and sciences.

Direct Service: developing programs; providing direct care; teaching in community settings; counseling; advising about estate planning, long-term care administration; advocating for older adults.
Indirect Service: analyzing issues related to older persons; planning, administering, and evaluating community-based and health related services; writing grants; teaching; advocating before legislative bodies; designing products; developing marketing strategies; consulting.


Gerontology is the scientific study of the processes and phenomena of aging. The Gerontology Program's mission is to improve the lives of middle aged and older individuals; provide training, consultation and other services; and conduct research.

The Gerontology Program is enhanced by the Gerontology Faculty Interest Group, the Center for Successful Aging and a chapter of Sigma Phi Omega, The National Academic Honor and Professional Society in Gerontology. Students in the Gerontology Program are eligible for membership in Sigma Phi Omega.

The Center for Successful Aging is part of a complex of centers and organizations on the campus of California State University, Long Beach that are involved with aging-related issues. The Center is a transdisciplinary academic/community partnership to promote collaborative innovations in education, practice, policy development and research.

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