MGS Alum Kerstin Gerst, PhD
PhD in Gerontology, 2008
- Assistant Professor, University of Georgia, Institute of Gerontolology
Kerstin Gerst received her PhD in gerontology from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 2008 and became an assistant professor at the University of Georgia’s Institute of Gerontology in August 2010. Prior to joining UGA, she worked for two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the Sealy Center on Aging at the University of Texas Medical Branch studying the health of older minorities. Before pursuing an academic career, Gerst worked as a policy analyst for Thomson-Medstat where she researched long-term care issues in the United States and produced policy reports for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
As a gerontologist interested in minority aging issues, Gerst’s research focuses on older Hispanic immigrants. She has presented her research findings at national and international conferences and has given several invited lectures on topics related to diversity within an aging population. Gerst also serves as the assistant editor for the Journal on Aging and Health.