Boston ROC Co-Director Alan Jette, PhD, PT, to be Honored by The Gerontological Society of America

in ROC Blog
September 1st, 2011

GSA LogoThe Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the nation’s largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to the field of aging – bestows the annual award to acknowledge outstanding contributions in the field of rehabilitation. The awardee’s work may be in any or all of the areas of teaching or patient care, or publications which may include scholarly works, books, monographs, administrative directives, or public policy papers. This year the GSA has selected Boston ROC Co-Director Alan Jette, PhD, PT as the recipient of the annual award.

The award presentation will take place at GSA’s 64th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will be held from November 18 to 22 in Boston. This conference is organized to foster interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, educators, and practitioners who specialize in the study of the aging process.

Jette is a physical therapist and an internationally recognized expert in the measurement of function and disability. He has developed numerous instruments that assess function and disability and has published numerous articles on these topics in the rehabilitation, geriatrics, and public health literature. Jette’s current research interests include the measurement, epidemiology, and prevention of disability, and the development and dissemination of contemporary outcome measurement instruments to evaluate the quality of health care.

Jette was responsible for the development of the Late Life Function and Disability Instrument and, more recently, computer adaptive measures of function for different populations, including people post-rehabilitation, older adults, and people with osteoarthritis. He also has applied his research to randomized clinical trials to reduce disability in older adults using cognitive-behavioral strategies, exercise training, and programs to reduce fear of falling. He furthermore developed and tested innovative strategies to disseminate these programs to the wider community.