The M. Powell Lawton Award



2007 Recipient:
Elaine Brody, MSW, DSc (Hon.)

Elaine Brody, DSc (Hon.) is the former Associate Director of
Research of the Polisher Research Institute, and a past president of the
Gerontological Society of America. She is also a former Adjunct Clinical
Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and former
Associate Professor of Social Work in Psychiatry at the University of

A pioneer in gerontological social work, Dr. Brody is widely
known for her groundbreaking research on the effects of caregiving on the
families of dependent older adults. Her research on the subject, published in
numerous scientific and consumer publications and books, has benefited older
adults and their caregivers, and provided valuable instruction to scientists and

Dr. Brody has also used her research to advocate for changes
to health policy related to healthcare and aging. Over the course of her career,
which spans more than three decades, she has shared her insights on aging before
Congress and at universities, foundations, hospitals, and governmental and
voluntary agencies across the country. In the words, of her peers, her work has
provided the foundation on which much of current aging research is based, and
its impact is beyond measure.