Dr. Aaron Guest

Assistant Professor of Aging,
Arizona State University

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Arizona State University
Phoenix, AZ

Dr. Aaron Guest

Assistant Professor of Aging,
Arizona State University


I am a socio-environmental gerontologist with training in public health and social work and an Assistant Professor within the Center for Innovation in Healthy and Resilient Aging at Arizona State University. My 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. This work is approached as a community-engaged gerontological scholar, seeking to engage aging communities in increasing health equity and improving overall health outcomes associated with older age. Guided by a deep interest in the relationship between individuals and their environment, I am interested in the predominant social and environmental domains in which people age, live, work, play, and pray. Specifically, how understanding the multiple environmental contexts an individual is active in can lead to novel and tailored health innovations. My primary line of research focuses on the social experiences of marginalized aging individuals in rural environments and non-urban centers with a particular interest in working with sexual, racial, and gender minority group to reduce isolation, health disparities, and inequalities. As an interdisciplinary trained gerontologist, I pull from multiple disciplinary and theoretically rich backgrounds, such as public health, sociology, social work, and social network analysis, to develop novel health-oriented research for aging populations. My work engages mixed-methods approaches, specifically, a combination of spatial, social network, and translational research strategies to develop community-based solutions to address health inequalities. Through conducting this work, I seek to develop tailored community-based approaches that can be utilized to increase diffusion and translation of health innovations and thus increase access and utilization of critical health programs and services for older adults.


University of Kentucky
PhD, 2019
2015 To 2019

University of South Carolina-Columbia
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Organizations and Communities
2012 To 2015

University of South Carolina-Columbia
Master of Public Health
Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
2012 To 2015

University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Certificate of Graduate Study, 2012
2009 To 2012

Job History

Arizona State University
Assistant Professor of Aging
Phoenix, AZ, United States
August 2019 - present

Areas Of Expertise

  • Age Discrimination
  • Ageism
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Assessment
  • Assessment: Social Assessment
  • Attitude Toward Aging
  • Attitude Toward Aging: Attitude Toward Self Aging
  • Attitude Toward Aging: Instruments to Measure Attitude Toward Aging
  • Attitude Toward Aging: Societal Perceptions of the Aged Population
  • Behavior
  • Caregiving
  • Community and Home Care
  • Community and Home Care: Policies/Policy Analysis
  • Concerns of Old Age
  • Crosscultural Studies
  • Dementia
  • Disasters
  • Education
  • Education: Allied Health Professionals
  • Education: Undergraduate/Graduate Students
  • Environmental Planning
  • Ethics
  • Ethics: Policy
  • Gender
  • Gender: Gender Difference
  • Gender: Other
  • Gerontology
  • Government
  • Government: Federal Government
  • Government: State Government
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Promotion: Other
  • Health Services
  • Homosexuality/Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Studies
  • Housing
  • Housing: Arrangements
  • Housing: Design/Architecture
  • Intergenerational Relations
  • Loneliness
  • Long-Term Care: Policies/Policy Analysis
  • Long-Term Care: Service Delivery/Utilization
  • Men's Issues
  • Political Analysis
  • Research
  • Research: Other
  • Research: Research Methods
  • Research: Research Theory/Models
  • Environmental Gerontology, Rural Health, Aging Communication, Health Communication, Program Development, Program Evaluation.


  • Gerontology