2011 Recipient: Robert Binstock, PhD
Robert Binstock is a professor of aging, health, and society at Case Western Reserve University. His primary tenured appointments are in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Medicine, and in the School of Nursing. He holds secondary appointments as a professor in the Departments of Bioethics, Medicine, Political Science, and Sociology. He is a former GSA president who has also served as the director of a White House Task Force on Older Americans and as chairman and member of a number of advisory panels to the U.S. government, state and local governments, and foundations. He has frequently testified before the U.S. Congress. Binstock’s studies have made a significant impact on policies regarding aging. For example, his substantial body of research on the Older Americans Act has directly improved the targeting of services to economically and socially disadvantaged older persons, and developed the basic concept for today's Aging and Disability Resource Centers.
Binstock’s publication record includes over 300 articles, books, book chapters, and monographs. Among his 26 authored or edited books are “Aging Nation: The Economics and Politics of Growing Older in America” (co-authored with James Schulz, PhD) and seven editions of the “Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences” (most of them co-edited with Linda George, PhD). Binstock also has received the Donald P. Kent Award and the Brookdale Prize Award from GSA; the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Key Award from the American Public Health Association’s Gerontological Health Section; the American Society on Aging Award and the American Society on Aging’s Hall of Fame Award; the Ollie A. Randall Award from the National Council on Aging; the UCLA Distinguished Professorship Award; and the Hovorka Prize from Case Western Reserve University. Binstock is a GSA fellow, which represents the Society’s highest class of membership. He received his AB and PhD degrees in political science from Harvard University.