ANN ARBOR, Mich.—University of Michigan psychologist Toni Antonucci will receive the 2012 Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award from The Gerontological Society of America, the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging.
Antonucci is the associate vice president for research, social sciences and humanities, at U-M, the Elizabeth M. Douvan Collegiate Professor of Psychology, and a research professor at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR). She also chairs Society 2030, an innovative consortium bringing together U-M researchers and corporate leaders to prepare for society’s changing age structure.
She will receive the award at the Gerontological Society’s annual meeting, which will be held this coming November in San Diego.
Antonucci studies social relations and health across the life span, and has conducted multi-generational studies of the family and comparative studies of social relations across the life span in the U.S., Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She is known for her role in developing the convoy model of social relations, a widely used approach to understanding continuity and change in social relationships from childhood through old age.
In 2011, Antonucci received the Masterpiece Living Robert L. Kahn Award for Lifetime Achievement in Promoting Successful Aging for her work aimed at improving the quality of life among older adults. Antonucci is a member of the MacArthur Network on Aging Societies, and she recently received a MacArthur Foundation grant to apply the principles of successful aging to affordable housing facilities. For more information about this project, see http://www.home.isr.umich.edu/2012/research/testing-successful-aging-program-with-low-income-seniors/.
By Diane Swanbrow