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K-State Today

May 21, 2015



Gayle Doll named fellow of Gerontological Society

By Jane P. Marshall

Gayle Doll, associate professor and director of the Center on Aging in the College of Human Ecology, has been awarded fellow status in the Gerontological Society of America.

The fellowship acknowledges Doll's outstanding and continuing work in the field of gerontology.

Doll is the author of "Sexuality and Long-Term Care: Understanding and Supporting the Needs of Older Adults" published by Health Professions Press in 2012. This year she received the college's Myers-Alford Teaching Award, established to honor a faculty member who demonstrates outstanding ability not only in teaching undergraduate and graduate students, but also in providing valuable information to colleagues, peers and other practitioners in the field.

In addition to research and outreach, Doll teaches gerontology courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels both on campus and online. One aspect of her undergraduate teaching is experiential learning through direct contact with older mentors assigned for the semester to each student.

Doll received a doctorate in life span human development from K-State, a master's degree in kinesiology from K-State and a bachelor's degree in art education from McPherson College. Her research interests are culture change in nursing homes, physical functioning in older adults and end-of-life issues.

Doll will be honored at the group's annual scientific meeting in Orlando in November.

The Gerontological Society of America is the world's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging.