Heather Young, PhD, RN, FAAN, named Editor of Research in Gerontological Nursing

November 13, 2020

THOROFARE, NJ – SLACK Incorporated, an independent STM publishing company, is pleased to announce that Heather Young, PhD, RN, FAAN, has been named the Editor of its peer-reviewed journal Research in Gerontological Nursing (RGN). Dr. Young will be responsible for the overall quality, integrity, and content of the Journal.

Dr. Young is a Professor and Dean Emerita for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at the University of California, Davis, as well as the National Director of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship Program for Nurse Leaders and Innovators. She is a nationally recognized expert in gerontological nursing and rural health care who played an integral role in the establishment of five new graduate programs in Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership. Since 2018, she has served as the Public Policy Section Editor for Journal of Gerontological Nursing, RGN’s sister publication.

On taking on the new role as Editor of RGN, Dr. Young said: “I am honored to join the stellar team at RGN in this capacity and to work with talented gerontological researchers to bring cutting-edge findings to our valued audience.  Gerontological nursing research has never been more important, as individuals, families, communities, and systems grapple with the challenges and opportunities of an aging and diverse society. Gerontological nurses are asking and answering the questions vital to our future. I am eager to advance this work.”

Stephanie Arasim Portnoy, Senior Vice President, SLACK Incorporated, Health Care Books and Journals added: “Dr. Young has long demonstrated her commitment to furthering interdisciplinary gerontological nursing research in all health care settings. We look forward to seeing the scientific impact she will bring to the growing publication.”

Dr. Young succeeds Christine R. Kovach, PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA, the Journal’s past Editor. Dr. Kovach will join former editor Kathleen C. Buckwalter, PhD, RN, FAAN as Editor Emerita.


Research in Gerontological Nursing has been published since 2008 and is indexed in MEDLINE/PubMed. See the current issue online at www.healio.com/rgn.


About SLACK Incorporated

With roots reaching back to 1923, SLACK Incorporated strives to deliver the best in health care information and education worldwide. SLACK produces peer-reviewed journals in print and online and publishes more than 250 medical and allied health books. SLACK’s team of editors travel to medical and allied health conferences around the world to gather scientific data and interact with key thought leaders in specialties like athletic training, nursing, occupational therapy, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pediatrics and psychiatry. Leading physicians and nurses who contribute as editors, meeting faculty, authors and editorial board members provide SLACK with access to the latest information, trends and technology in medicine. As a result, SLACK continues to be at the forefront in development of information and education relevant to health care specialists. For more information, visit slackinc.com.