Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore, was the 2014 recipient of the M. Powell Lawton Award by the Gerontological Society of America, the nations largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging, according to a news release. Gitlin received the award at the GSAs annual scientific meeting in November in Washington, D.C.
The award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution in gerontology that has led to an innovation in gerontological treatment, practice or service, prevention, amelioration of symptoms or barriers, or a public policy change that has resulted in a practical application that improves the lives of older people, according to the release.
Gitlin, a GSA fellow, is founding director of the Center for Innovative Care in Aging at Hopkins Nursing and a professor in the department of community-public health with joint appointments in the department of psychiatry and division of geriatrics and gerontology in the School of Medicine. She also serves as a national co-leader of the Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative.
Dr. Gitlin has made a fabulous contribution to growing gerontology since she has been at Johns Hopkins, Dean Patricia M. Davidson, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, said in the release. We are very proud of her and celebrate this important professional recognition of her stellar science and contribution to improving the lives of older people and their families.
An applied research sociologist, Gitlin is nationally and internationally recognized in nonpharmacologic approaches in dementia care, family caregiving, functional disability and aging in place. Her work is viewed as a model for nonpharmacological interventions such as Advancing Better Living for Elders, the Tailored Activity Program and Care of Persons with Dementia in their Environment (Project COPE), according to the release.
The award is sponsored by the Madlyn and Leonard Abramson Center for Jewish Lifes Polisher Research Institute and is named in memory of M. Powell Lawton, PhD, for his outstanding contributions to applied gerontological research.