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Professor Karen Bullock Selected as Fellow of The Gerontological Society of America


NC State School of Social Work professor and head Karen Bullock has been selected as a 2021 Fellow for the Gerontological Society of America.

The Gerontological Society of America awards GSA Fellow status in recognition of a broad scope of activity; research, teaching, administration, public service, practice, and notable participation within the society. Fellow status is the highest class of membership within the society and is an acknowledgment of outstanding and continuing work in the field of gerontology. 

Bullock, a 1990 NC State social work alumna, is also a licensed clinical social worker, with more than two decades of experience in outpatient and inpatient healthcare practices. She has been a leading force in advancing social work, education and training in gerontology, mental health, hospice and palliative care.

headshot of Karen Bullock
Karen Bullock

Her research and practice focus on the care of persons with cancer and other serious illnesses, as well as health equity. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on these topics. 

“I am honored to have been mentored and nominated by women in gerontology who have achieved the highest faculty status and renown research accomplishments at top ranked universities, including the University of Michigan, Columbia University and Boston University,” Bullock says. “The mentoring they have provided me since I was a Ph.D. student matters!”   

Founded in 1945, the Gerontological Society of America is the nation’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging. From its base in Washington, DC, GSA has more than 5,500 members from 50 countries.

Bullock will be honored along with other 2021 Fellows at the GSA Annual Scientific Meeting later this fall. Bullock has been a faculty member in NC State’s School of Social Work since 2011. She has led the school as head since 2013. For more information about her work, visit Bullock’s faculty page.