Fall/Winter 2005 Table of Contents
Celebrating Our Community
Dean Terry Fulmer concludes successful year
as President of the Gerontological Society of America
First Nurse to Hold Position

Dr. Terry Fulmer, Dean of the NYU College of Nursing, concluded her term as President of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) on a high note, presiding over the society’s annual conference in November, with over 3,000 people in attendance. The GSA is a non-profit professional organization with more than 5,000 members in the field of aging. Dean Fulmer is the first nurse to hold the position of President.

An expert in the care of older adults whose research has focused on acute care of the elderly and, specifically, elder abuse and neglect, Dean Fulmer has also brought much attention to the need for interdisciplinary training and collaboration among caregivers for older adults through her extensive scholarship and teaching.

"As the first nurse to lead the GSA, I have been very pleased to represent the growing role that nurses play as researchers who shape policy and best practices in the care of older adults and all people," said Dean Fulmer.

As President of the GSA, Dr. Fulmer was responsible for developing the theme of the 2005 GSA annual conference, "The Interdisciplinary Mandate of the GSA." The conference, held in Orlando, Florida, featured symposia led by the two organizations Dean Fulmer heads at NYU: the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers and the Hartford Institute. Among the topics covered were interdisciplinary approaches to oral health and eldercare mistreatment.

Within the GSA, Dean Fulmer has been instrumental in promoting the Nursing Interest Group and the Humanities and Arts Committee, the latter to be led in 2006 by NYU faculty.

"Terry’s achievements as President of the GSA," said Dean Alfano, "are representative of the high level of excellence that she brings to all her activities. NYUCD is extremely proud of her leadership in the critically important field of aging."