M. Aaron Guest, PhD, MPH, MSW

Governing Council SpeakerAaron Guest

Aaron Guest is a socio-environmental gerontologist and an inaugural Assistant Professor of Aging within the Center for Innovation in Healthy and Resilient Aging in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University. He is a socioenvironmental gerontologist whose research interest lies at the nexus of the social and built environments. His research focuses on understanding the influence of aging individuals’ ego-centric networks on health, identity, and social isolation and the development, implementation, and evaluation of tailored and scalable interventions from this understanding – particularly among older rural and lesbian and gay populations.

He is thrilled to serve APHA through the Governing Council Speaker and engage the Councilors of the Association.

Guest has been an active member of APHA since 2012. He is a member of the Aging & Public Health, Environment, and Public Health Education and Health Promotion Sections. Starting with his appointment as Diversity Co-Chair of the Student Assembly, he has served the Association through appointed and elected positions on the caucus, affiliate, section, and organizational levels. This includes a term (2015-2019) as an elected member of the Executive Board, one of the few individuals elected while still a student. One of his ongoing passions has been the engagement of members in the Association. He has served on the membership committees of the Aging & Public Health, Environment, and PHEHP Health Communication Workgroup and Chair of the Executive Board Membership Committee and Committee on Membership. He has remained active in his affiliates, first in South Carolina, then Kentucky, and now in Arizona. Dr. Guest has a long history of service within the field of public health and aging. He has served in elected and appointed positions within the National Association of Social Workers, the Gerontological Society of America, the Appalachian Studies Association, the Accreditation for Gerontology Education Council, the LGBTQ Health Caucus, and the American Society of Aging.

Guest received his Master of Public Health and Master of Social Work from the University of South Carolina. He completed his PhD in Gerontology at the University of Kentucky. He lives in Phoenix, Arizona, with his three cats.