Expert Type: Scholar

Nell Irvin Painter

“Nell Irvin Painter is a leading historian of the United States. She is currently the Edwards Professor of American History at Princeton University.” (Ref: As a scholar, she has published numerous books, articles, reviews, and other essays and has served on numerous editorial boards and as an officer of many different professional organizations. Ms. Painter exemplifies the value of creative aging, as described in her memoir, “Old in Art School.” At age 64, after a full career as an historian (teacher and writer), she pursued an undergraduate and a master’s degree in Art (painting).

Eric Klinenberg

Eric Klinenberg is Helen Gould Shepard Professor of Social Science and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He is the author of several books and an editor of, “Cultural Production in a Digital Age.” His scholarly work has been published in journals including the American Sociological Review, Theory and Society, and Ethnography, and he has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and more.

Mary Erickson

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

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.

Anne Basting

Anne Basting is the founder and director of Timeslips at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts. She is a playwright, artist and author of/contributor to many articles and three books, as well as an internationally recognized speaker on arts and aging.

Laura L. Carstensen

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.”

Mary Catherine Bateson

Mary Catherine Bateson is a Visiting Scholar at the Center on Aging and Work/Workplace Flexibility at Boston College. In 2010, Mary authored the book, “Composing a Further Life: The Age of Active Wisdom,” on the contributions and improvisations of engaged older adults. This project lead to further exploration of intergenerational communication and involved her as a special consultant to the Lifelong Access Libraries Initiative of the Libraries for the Future.



Robert Butler

The late Robert Butler, MD was a world-renowned gerontologist and psychiatrist. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning activist and aging pioneer who coined the terms “ageism” and “longevity revolution.” He was the founding director of the National Institute on Aging and the president and CEO of the International Longevity Center-USA.

Gene D. Cohen

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.