Margaret Gatz, PhD, was awarded a Presidential Citation for her remarkable leadership in geropsychology and psychology education and impressive scholarship in mental health in older adults, Alzheimer’s disease and urban social issues.

Full professor of gerontology and preventive medicine at University of Southern California Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and director of the Education Core, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Gatz has advanced the field of aging and mental health and fostered the development of junior scientists. She has won the APA Committee on Aging Award for the Advancement of Psychology and Aging, the Distinguished Research Achievement Award from Div. 20 (Adult Development and Aging), Donald P. Kent Award, Gerontological Society of America, the M. Powell Lawton Award for Distinguished Contributions to Clinical Geropsychology, APA, Div. 12 (Society of Clinical Psychology), the Developmental Health Award, APA Div. 38 (Health Psychology), and the Special Mellon Award for Outstanding Mentoring. In 2012, she was named a fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science. As chair of the psychology department at the University of Southern California and former chair of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology, Gatz has offered outstanding service to the profession.