• Dr. Pruchno, Ph.D.


Rachel Pruchno, Ph.D.

Director of Research
New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging (NJISA)
Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine (Rowan-Virtua SOM)


Penn State University, Human Development and Family Studies, PhD, 1982
Oakland University, M.A. Developmental Psychology, 1979
Michigan State University, B.A. Psychology, 1976


Dr. Pruchno is the Director of Research at the NJISA and an Endowed Professor of Gerontology at Rowan-Virtua SOM. Prior positions include Director, Initiatives on Aging at Boston College; Director, Center on Aging, Bradley University; Director of Research at Menorah Park and Associate Director of Research at the Philadelphia Geriatric Center.

Dr. Pruchno served as Editor-in-Chief of The Gerontologist for eight years and currently serves on the Editorial Board.  She has been on the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Aging & Human Development and the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. Dr. Pruchno was a member of two standing NIH study sections: Mental Disorders of Aging (MDA), NIMH and Social Psychology, Personality and Interpersonal Processes Study Section (SPIP), and is now a frequent adhoc NIH reviewer.

Dr. Pruchno has been the Principal Investigator on NIH-funded grants totaling close to $10 million as well as foundation grants of more than $3 million. She has published 90 peer-reviewed articles, 10 book chapters, and an edited book, Challenges of an aging society: Ethical dilemmas, political issues.

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(updated: August 31, 2023 )