Specialty Definition

Geropsychology is the area of research and practice that applies the knowledge and techniques of psychology to help older persons and their families maintain well-being, overcome problems, and achieve maximum potential during later life. To be recognized as a specialist professional geropsychologist, a psychologist must have knowledge, skill, training, and experience related to aging and late life, particularly related to how the processes of aging and the social and cultural contexts of being old affect older adults’ experience, mental health, and well-being.