Linda K. George, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology, Duke University
Associate Director, Center
for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University
B.A. Miami University of Ohio
M.A. Miami University of Ohio
Linda K. George is Professor of Sociology and Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University. Dr. George did her undergraduate work at Miami University and her doctoral work at Duke University. She is the author/editor of seven books, more than 200 journal articles, and more than 80 book chapters. She is Past President of the Gerontological Society of America and former editor of the Social Sciences section of the Journal of Gerontology. She has been Chair of the Aging and the Life Course Section of the American Sociological Association, where she also served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Medical Sociology Section. She is co-editor of the Handbook on Aging in the Social Sciences (third - seventh editions).
Her major research interests include: social factors and depression; the effects of stress and coping, especially the stress of caring for an impaired family member; the relationship between religion and health; and the effects of beliefs and expectancies on health. Among her awards are the Mentorship Award of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America, the Trinity College (Duke University) Distinguished Teaching Award, the John Templeton Prize (1998 and 1999) for Exemplary Papers at the Interface of Science and Human Values, the Kleemeier Award of the Gerontological Society of America in recognition of career contributions in aging research (2002), the Dean’s Mentoring Award for Graduate Students (Duke University, 2005) and the Matilda White Riley award of the American Sociological Association for distinguished scholarship on aging and the life course (2004).