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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: Michelle Alencar, Cleddhy Arellano, Joseph Aubele, Rachel Blaine, Lee Blecher, Doug Butler, Kay Cerny, Young-Hee Cho, Maria Claver, Christine Costa, Joshua Cotter, Monica Delgado, Ayla Donlin, Gail Farmer, Anita Fitzgerald, Mohammed Forouzesh, Kimberly Fox, Brenda Freshman, Nathan Gerard, Joy Goebel, Casey Goeller, Marissa Hansen, Lucy Huckabay, ,Elena Ionescu, Maridith Janssen, Jeff Klaus, Stacey Koeckritz, Jim Koval, Peter Kreysa, Vennila Krishnan, Barry Lavay, Ron Mark, Katherine Martinez, Tracey Mayfield, Lyndsey McKinley, Olfat Mohamed, Wendy Nomura, Kaoru Oguri, Theodora Papachristou, Rebecca Perley, Marilyn Potts, Yanling Qi, Nancy Quam-Wickham, Molly Ranney, Wendy Reiboldt, Pamela Roberts, Terry Robertson, Carina Sass, Debra Satterfield, Jan Schroeder, Cynthia Schlesinger, Emily Schryer, Kristin Taylor, Tina Tran, Houng-Wei Tsai, Francine Vasilomanolakis, Kim-Phong Vu, Long Wang, Eileen Watson, Barbara White, Susan Zhong.

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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