Vision We will empower people to age well and live a positive healthy life

Mission The Institute of Gerontology drives a positive healthy aging agenda through our collaborative strengths in mental health and cognition, technology innovation, and positive lifestyle promotion.  We will lead cutting-edge research and education, in the classroom, and in the community.  

Since its founding in 1965, the Institute of Gerontology has focused on the changing needs of older adults in Georgia. The IOG promotes innovation in education, research, and outreach programs by supporting education leading to formal degrees, identifying high impact research questions in public health and public policy, and sharing the results of research with local, state, national, and international audiences.

With institutional roots dating back over 50 years, the Institute of Gerontology at the UGA College of Public Health is at the vanguard of formally-supported gerontological research and training opportunities in the United States. Our activities include graduate and post-doctoral training, collaborative basic and applied research, and faculty development. Institute faculty provide expertise to public, private, and professional organizations.

In July of 1965, UGA President O.C. Aderhold appointed Dr. Robert P. Wray as the chairman of a Multi-Departmental Council on Gerontology. The Council consisted of twelve members representing a diversity of institutes, departments, schools, and colleges across the University. At that time, Dr. Wray’s position in gerontology was jointly supported by the School of Social Work and the Center for Continuing Education. Over the next 20 years, gerontology flourished under the directorships of Dr. Wray, Dr. David Levine, Dr. James Thorson, and Dr. James Montgomery, and Dr. Leonard W. Poon, who served as Institute’s Director and Chair of the Faculty of Gerontology from 1985 until his retirement in 2011.

Today, the Institute of Gerontology serves as home to UGA’s Faculty of Gerontology representing over 25 UGA faculty members representing various institutes, departments, schools, and colleges across the University. In 2005, the Institute became a unit of the newly created College of Public Health in 2005, expanding it research and opportunities into the field of public health.

Become an Affiliate Member

The Institute of Gerontology’s mission includes engaging Affiliate faculty to reach across campus to enhance research, teaching, and outreach opportunities for faculty and students. If you are interested in becoming an Affiliate faculty, please complete the application below and send it to