Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus 

The Center for Gerontology studies aging from a multidisciplinary perspective, with a focus on both typical and problematic aspects of aging.

1977-78 Established Year
60 Affiliate Faculty Members
100% Research Project Completion
9 credit hours for certificate
Faculty Research Interests

Rosemary Blieszner

- Family and Friend Relationships in Adulthood and Old Age

- Effects of Mild Cognitive Impairment on Older Adults and Their Families

- Spirituality and Resiliency

- Mixed Methods Research Designs

- Past President, Gerontological Society of America



- Health and Social Support of Older Women

- Caring for Older Persons with Memory Problems

- Family & Friend Relationships in Later Life

- Elder Abuse & Mistreatment

- Managing Chronic Illness in Late Life (e.g. osteoporosis, pain, cancer)

Laura Sands

- Risks and Health Consequences of Functional Limitations Among Older Adults

- Healthcare Outcomes Among Older Adults who do not Receive Sufficient Healthcare

- How Resilience Influences Health Care Utilization Among Older Adults Exposed to a Disaster

- Risks for Poor Outcomes Among Older Surgical Patients

Tina Savla

- Midlife and Aging (e.g. family caregiving, intergenerational relationships)

- Physiological Markers of Stress, Health, and Wellbeing

- Chronic Disease Management

- Advanced Research Methods (e.g. longitudinal, time series, power, and missing data analyses)

- Usefulness of mindfulness meditation

Pamela teaster

- Elder and Vulnerable Adult Mistreatment

- Public and Private Guardianship

- End-of-Life Issues and Decision Making

- Ethical Treatment and Human Rights Issues of Vulnerable Adults, Public Policy, and Public Affairs

- Quality of Life

Interested in exploring aging from a multidisciplinary perspective, focused on both the normal and problematic aspects of aging?

Prospective and current students for academic support and advising, please call Pamela Teaster at 540-231-8958 or email: 

Visit our office at Center for Gerontology, 230 Grove Lane, Blacksburg, VA 24061 


Pamela Teaster, Graduate Program Director
230 Grove Lane, Rm 105