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WSU graduate students can pursue their PhD in their home departments/programs and obtain additional research mentorship and professional development at the IOG. For more information contact Gail Jensen Summers, PhD, Director of the Pre-doctoral Training Program at 313-664-2622, or

Pre-Doctoral Training Program Details
Current Trainee Profiles
Faculty Mentors
Professional Conferences, Workshops & Colloquia -The IOG hosts research presentations given by national speakers and community professionals on topics related to aging and health. Held twice monthly on Tuesdays, September through May.

Current Colloquia Schedule

Join Listserv for IOG Research Colloquia - This link will take you to a sign-up for targeted e-newsletters from the IOG and the affiliated Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute (MPSI).  Simply check the lists you would like to join. Announcements are sent through Contant Contact, so make sure you allow Constant Contact emails into your inbox. Questions? Email Cheryl Deep at  

Graduate Certificate in Gerontology through School of Social Work  The Graduate Certificate in Gerontology is a 12-credit hour program at Wayne State University. Administered by the School of Social Work, it is designed to prepare graduate students, individual practitioners, and professionals with additional academic expertise in the field of aging.  Contact the School of Social Work for details.  Continuing Education  Continuing education is a requirement for many professionals working in aging. The IOG and its partners sponsor several CE-eligible conferences and workshops throughout the year. Some are for health care professionals and researchers, and others are aimed at families and caregivers.