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Leading in the field of aging

U associate professor recognized for her outstanding and continuing work in the field of gerontology.

Canham will present a free webinar titled “Supporting the Unique Needs of Seniors Experiencing Homelessness” on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 12 p.m. Register here.

Headshot of Sarah CanhamSarah Canham, an associate professor in the University of Utah’s College of Social Work and Department of City and Metropolitan Planning, as well as associate director of the University of Utah Health Interprofessional Education Program, has been named a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), the world’s oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging.

According to GSA, fellow status is an acknowledgement of a scholar’s outstanding and continuing work in the field of gerontology.

“It is our hope that as a fellow, you will use your status and expertise to continue your significant contributions to the Society and the field of gerontology,” wrote James Appleby, GSA’s CEO and Debra Dobbs, GSA’s Membership Committee Chair in their notification letter to Canham.

Canham’s community-based research revolves around the social and cultural contexts of homelessness, healthcare and service delivery in later life. Her research has been disseminated through 47 peer-reviewed publications, five book chapters and more than 100 national and international peer-reviewed research presentations.

“This accolade acknowledges and honors the myriad of ways Dr. Canham’s scholarship and advocacy has contributed to our increased understanding of older adults,” said Martell Teasley, dean of the College of Social Work. “Her work reaches across disciplines and borders to inform the work of scholars and practitioners, and—most importantly—to improve the circumstances of this valuable, but often vulnerable segment of our society.”

Canham’s fellow status will be formally announced by GSA in the June edition of Gerontology News, and will be presented at the Society’s 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting in November.