Tina Savla, an associate professor and researcher in the Department of Human Development at Virginia Tech, has been elected a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America.

Fellows are society members nominated by peers for their work advancing the study of aging through research, administration, and teaching. 

Savla, of Christiansburg, conducts research on day-to-day stresses encountered by older adults in their daily lives and how these affect psychological and physical well-being. She teaches courses on research methods related to adult development and aging.

Besides her research and teaching, Savla serves on approximately 20 graduate student committees and mentors student co-authors on manuscripts and conference presentations. She has served as an investigator on a number of studies funded by the National Institute on Aging.

Savla holds a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in human development from the University of Bombay, India, and a Ph.D. in child and family development from the University of Georgia. She received a National Institute of Mental Health fellowship for post-doctoral work at Penn State University.

Savla was elected to the Behavioral and Social Sciences Section of the Gerontological Society of America, a 5,400-member organization that states its mission as advancing the study of aging and making information available to scientists, decision makers and the public. Fellowship in the organization recognizes scholars for extraordinary work in their field.



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