Title: Director of the Center on Aging
Company: University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Margaret A. Perkinson, Ph.D., Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical anthropology and higher education.
Utilizing nearly four decades of practiced industry experience, Dr. Perkinson has been studying the anthropological aspects of human development and aging, including global aging, for the entirety of her career. The current director of the Center on Aging at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa since 2017, she formerly lent her expertise to the University of Maryland as an associate research scientist from 2013 to 2016 and Saint Louis University as an associate professor in the department of occupational therapy from 2007 to 2013. Prior to these illustrious roles, she served as a research associate and assistant professor at the Washington University in St. Louis between 1998 and 2007, having previously served as a senior research scientist at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center from 1990 to 1997. Much earlier in her career, she acted as a research assistant at the Institute for Scientific Analysis and the University of California, San Francisco, an instructor at Loyola University, and a visiting assistant professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Alongside her primary endeavors, she is proud of the cross-cultural work she has performed overseas in Guatemala and China, where she helped develop schools and retirement communities.
Highly educated, Dr. Perkinson holds a Bachelor of Arts in humanistic studies from Saint Mary’s College in Indiana, a Master of Arts in anthropology from the University of Missouri, and a Doctor of Philosophy in human development and aging from the University of California, San Francisco. During her tenure, she served as the former socio-cultural anthropological editor of the AAGE Newsletter from 1995 to 2005, a guest associate editor of the Journal on Mental Health Aging in 1997, and an editorial board member of Physical and Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics from 1999 to 2014. Currently, she has been acting as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology and member of the editorial advisory board of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education since 2005.
In recognition of her exceptional contributions to the field of medical anthropology, Dr. Perkinson has been a frequent grantee of the National Institutes of Health, the AARP Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Association. In 2012, she received the Alumna Achievement Award from Saint Mary’s College. Earlier in her career, she was the recipient of the Best Research of the Year Award from the National Council on Aging and National Institute of Senior Centers, as well as multiple student awards. Notably, she has been highlighted in numerous editions of Who’s Who of American Women.
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