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Dr. Sara J. Czaja Honored by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA)

Dr. Sara Cjaza

Dr. Sara J. Czaja, a Professor of Gerontology in Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, has been honored with an award from the GSA for her work as a co-author on the book, Designing for Older Adults: Principles and Creative Human Factors Approach. Dr. Czaja and colleagues will receive the GSA’s Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award (in the realm of behavioral and social sciences) at the 2019 GSA Annual Scientific Meeting held in Austin, Texas.

Designing for Older Adults: Principles and Creative Human Factors Approach, has chapters on the characteristics of older adults, basic principles of design, and how to better involve older adults in design research. Dr. Czaja’s research has shown that the older population does not fit the model that assumes they can’t text, email, figure out Facebook, or find information online.

In 2018, Dr. Czaja was recruited to Weill Cornell Medicine from the University of Miami where she was Director of the Center on Aging. A member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Human Systems Integration, she is the founder and the Director of CREATE (Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement). CREATE is an NIH-funded and multi-university collaboration dedicated to expanding use of technology among older adults. At Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Czaja is serving as Director of the newly launched Center on Aging and Behavioral Research.