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Dr. Peter Lichtenberg Elected VP of Gerontological Society of America

Peter LichtenbergPeter A. Lichtenberg, PhD, ABPP, FGSA, has been elected Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). He will begin this important leadership position on January 1, 2021 and serve as President of the Board beginning January 2022. Dr. Lichtenberg is Director of the Institute of Gerontology and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, at Wayne State University and a Professor of Psychology. For 22 years has co-directed Michigan’s Urban African American Aging Center, (MCUAAAR) funded by the National Institute on Aging.

A Today@Wayne article quoted Dr. Lichtenberg: “It is an honor to serve,” Lichtenberg said. “I have several goals, but chief among them will be expanding the impact of gerontology through new areas of research and promoting the value of older adults while combatting ageism. I look forward to working with GSA’s exceptional membership to strengthen its core values and ensure abundant opportunities for the next generation of gerontologists.”

Dr. Lichtenberg received his bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and his Master’s and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Purdue University. After his internship, he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in geriatric neuropsychology at the University of Virginia Medical School where he also became a faculty member. A clinician and researcher throughout his career Dr. Lichtenberg, one of the first board certified Clinical Geropsychologists in the nation, has made contributions to the practice of psychology across a variety of areas including in Alzheimer’s disease, medical rehabilitation and with those suffering from late life depression.

He is particularly interested in the area of intersection between financial capacity and financial exploitation; finding ways to balance autonomy and protection for older adults. His work in this area led him to be a contributor to the 2008 Assessment of Diminished Capacity of Older Adults: A Handbook for Psychologists published jointly by the American Bar and American Psychological Associations. In 2013 he published the first nationally representative study on predictors of older adult scam victims. In 2015 he published the Lichtenberg Financial Decision-Making Rating Scale, and the Lichtenberg Financial Decision Screening Scale, and has contributed several empirical studies on the scales since then. These tools can be used to assess major financial decisions and/or transactions of older adults. He has authored 7 books and over 180 scientific articles in Geropsychology including being the senior editor for the American Psychological Association’s Handbook of Clinical Geropsychology.