Mary Erickson is a professor at Arizona State University. Her research has been supported through numerous grants from the National Art Education Foundation. She is collaborating with museum educators at the Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the Tempe Center for the Arts, and the ASU Art Museum on updating and revising Token Response, a classic interactive gallery game for all ages and all skill levels.
Julene Johnson, PhD, is both the Associate Dean of Research for the University of California Sane Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing and the Associate Director at the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging. She is also the Research Education Core Lead and mentor in the UCSF Center for Aging in Diverse Communities. Dr. Johnson’s research program focuses on cognitive aging and older adults. Her recent study for the NIH underscores the benefits of engagement in arts education (choral) programs for older adults.
Laura L. Carstensen is a Professor of Psychology and the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy at Stanford University where she serves as founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. Her research has been supported continuously by the National Institute on Aging for more than 25 years. In 2011, she authored the book, “A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health, and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity.”
The late Gene D. Cohen, MD, PhD, founded the GW Center for Aging, Health and Humanities in 1994 and served as its director as well as held professional positions in Health Care Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. His Creativity and Aging Study looked at the impact of professionally conducted cultural programs on the physical health, mental health, and social functioning of older adults. It was the first controlled study to look at the impact of tapping into creative potential apart from treating problems to promote health with aging.