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Elisabeth Burgess, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Gerontology Institute

(Joint appointment with the Department of Sociology)

Phone: 404.413.5213
In Person: One Park Place, Suite 605

Ph.D., University of Southern California
M.A., University of Southern California
B.S., Old Dominion University

Dr. Burgess joined the Sociology faculty at Georgia State University in 1997. Dr. Burgess has been active in Gerontology since coming to GSU, first as an affiliate faculty member and then as Director of Graduate Studies from 2004 to 2008. In January 2009, Dr. Burgess became the Director of the Gerontology Institute. Her on-going research applies the life course perspective the study of intimate relationships such as marriage, sexuality and families. Her recent research, funded by National Institute on Aging, examines issues of sexuality and intimacy in Assisted Living (AL) Facilities. Dr. Burgess and colleagues are currently working on several manuscripts based on this data exploring re-partnership in AL perceptions of privacy and intimacy in AL, and communication and training about sexuality and intimacy in AL. Also, Dr. Burgess’ interest in perceptions of older adults has led to collaborations with Dr. Jaye Atkinson (Communication). This collaboration led to an examination of the term “senior moment” published in the Journal of Aging Studies (2004) and a current project with Dr. Atkinson and Brenda Blackwell (Criminal Justice) examining media images of Elder Fraud. 

As the Director of Gerontology Institute, Dr. Burgess facilitates interdisciplinary scholarship on the study of aging and older adults at GSU and supervises students in the MA and Certificate programs in Gerontology. She is a member of Gerontological Society of America, Southern Gerontological Society, Georgia Gerontology Society, and serves as GSU’s Institutional Representative of Association of Gerontology and Higher Education. 

Dr. Burgess continues to stay engaged in the Sociology Department by working with Doctoral Students and collaborating with colleagues. In addition, she has collaborated with Dr. Dawn Banauch on the sexual attitudes and behaviors of college students and Dr. Denise Donnelly on issues of Involuntary Celibacy. Dr. Burgess continues to collaborate with Mindy Stombler, Dawn Baunach, Wendy Simonds, and Elroi Windsor on Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader (forthcoming in its 4th edition) from WW Norton.