Shippee Receives GSA’s 2015 Senior Service America Senior Scholar Award

For Immediate Release
December 14, 2015

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The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and Senior Service America, Inc., have named Tetyana P. Shippee, PhD, of the University of Minnesota as the 2015 recipient of the Senior Service America Senior Scholar Award for Research Related to Disadvantaged Older Adults.

This honor acknowledges presentations at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting that represent exemplary basic or applied research related to the capabilities, contributions, challenges and concerns of disadvantaged older adults, especially those who are low-income and minority group members.

The award presentation took place at GSA’s 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, which was held from November 18 to 22 in Orlando, Florida. This conference is organized to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, educators, and practitioners who specialize in the study of the aging process. Visit for further details.

Shippee is an assistant professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management within the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on two main topics: long-term care and aging, and racial disparities in health and health care. Key concepts in Shippee’s work include cumulative inequality theory and patient-centered measures, including quality of life and social engagement. As part of her work on quality of life in long-term care settings, she lived in a Continuing Care Retirement Community for two years, using intensive qualitative methods to study transitions between levels of care and resident adjustment.

Shippee is a GSA fellow, which represents the Society’s highest class of membership.


The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

Senior Service America, Inc. (SSAI) is committed to making it possible for low-income and other disadvantaged older adults to participate fully in determining their own future and the future of their communities. For more than 40 years, the organization has operated the federal Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) through a network of local subgrantee organizations.


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