Robert C. Atchley, PhD

Robert Atchley is Professor and Chair of the Department of Gerontology at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. His gerontology interests include adult development, spiritual development, long term care, public policy, work and retirement, health change and disability, and family issues.

Dr. Atchley was President of the 10,000-member American Society on Aging from 1988 to 1990 and has also served in numerous leadership positions in the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. He is associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Gerontology and was founding editor of the journal, Contemporary Gerontology. From 1974 to 1998, he was director of the Scripps Gerontology Center at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Scripps is one of the top gerontology centers in the United States.

He is author of over 100 articles and book chapters in the social gerontology literature and more that a dozen books and research monographs, including Understanding American Society (1970), The Sociology of Retirement (1976), Aging: Continuity and Change (1987), Continuity and Adaptation in Aging: Creating Positive Experiences (1999), and nine editions of his introductory gerontology text, Social Forces and Aging (2000).

He has received more than a dozen awards for his scholarship, teaching, and professional service in the field of aging.


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