Carroll L. Estes
Institute of Health & Aging

Carroll Estes is Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She is the founding and former Director of the Institute for Health and Aging (1979-1998), and the former Chair of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (1981-1992), School of Nursing , UCSF. Dr Estes is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, and past President of the national scientific organization of her field, the Gerontological Society of America (GSA). She has served as consultant to the US Commissioner of Social Security and to US Senate and House Committees for more than two decades. She is past President of the American Society on Aging (ASA), and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). Professor Estes' awards include the highest research honor that UCSF gives, the Faculty Research Lecturer Award; the American Society on Aging Leadership Award; the Kent Award of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA); the Beverly Award for Research in Health and Aging; the Tibbitts Leadership Award in Gerontology (AGHE); and the Helen Nahm Research Award of UCSF. In 1998 the League of Women Voters named her "A Woman Who Could Be President." Her current funded research is on the health and long term care of the elderly with attention to state innovations in long term care and access to home and community based services; managed care and mental (behavioral) health care for the elderly; the health and economic security of older women and other vulnerable populations; and the impact of federal and state policy on elders at risk. Dr. Estes is a prolific writer and public speaker who has authored and co-authored six books and written more than 100 scientific articles and book chapters. Her most recent book, Social Policy and Aging, is forthcoming (2000). Her book, The Long Term Care Crisis, was cited as one of Choice Magazine's Top 100 most important books in 1994. She has co-edited 5 books, including The Nation's Health, (six editions with Philip R. Lee). Dr. Estes' research papers have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Health Care Financing Review, Health Affairs, Milbank Quarterly, Social Science and Medicine, The American Journal of Public Health, The American Journal of Sociology, and The Gerontologist, among other publications. Professor Estes received her A.B. from Stanford University , her M.A. from Southern Methodist University, and her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego.