Welcome to the Graduate Center for Gerontology.

The Graduate Center for Gerontology at the University of Kentucky maintains the following definition as central to its teaching and research missions:

…the scholarly and applied study of the processes, conditions, and situations associated
with aging across the life span with attention to later life.

Or as a short-hand version we offer:

…the processes and states of becoming and being an older adult.

We hold to these definitions first because they best acknowledge the increasing diversity and complexity of aging in contemporary societies, and also because they capture the importance of promoting holistic and critically integrative perspectives within both scholarship and practice.


Chair and Director
John F. Watkins, PhD
Phone: 859.218.0240

Gerontology Faculty and Staff

Study Gerontology

Doctor of Philosophy in Gerontology

The Doctor of Philosophy in Gerontology has been the mainstay and foundation of the Graduate Center for Gerontology since its founding in 1996.

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology

The objective of the Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is to prepare both graduate students and practicing professionals to assume key roles in improving the quality of life for older adults and furthering our understanding of the aging process and the status of older adults.