This website showcases the diverse seminars, lectures, and courses designed and taught by Gail S. Eisen, Ph.D. Customized seminars and guest lectures are available on a wide array of topics related to the psychology of aging, life-span stages and transitions, social gerontology, the psycho-social aspects of retirement, the psychology of grief and loss, collegiate communities, and cross-cultural perspectives on aging.

These inter-disciplinary materials represent a fusion of academic and popular themes, and emphasis is placed on the practical application of key concepts in the realm of life-span psychology to the personal and professional experiences of audience members.  Interaction and dynamic discussion are hallmarks of most programs.

Dr. Gail S. Eisen is a consultant in the psychology of aging, with research and teaching experience in the field of life-span development and communications analysis.  A former Fulbright Senior Scholar, Gail has taught at UCLA, the University of Michigan, California State University, two community colleges, and universities in Kenya, Bulgaria, Egypt, Israel, and India.  She has presented her seminars and workshops for an array of Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, medical conferences, community groups,  regional counseling agencies, and teacher training institutes in the US and abroad.

Program Overview

The fields of adult development and the psychology of aging hold rich relevance to all individuals as they progress through the life-cycle.  These seminars, workshops, and targeted speaking engagements are inter-disciplinary in nature, anchored in the disciplines of social gerontology, cross-cultural studies, life-span development, sociology, and literature.  They are designed to highlight the most engaging and poignant research concepts about life-span development and major life transitions, presenting individuals with opportunities for both personal and professional reflection.  Most programs also feature materials with some cross-cultural reach, so that individuals are offered opportunities for personal insight and wider cultural understandings.

Program format is lively, combining informal lecture with opportunities for dynamic discussion and exchange among participants.  Topics are customized to meet the needs and interests of your audience, and program length ranges from 1.5-14 hours.  Most audiences are age-integrated, allowing for inter-generational learning, comparisons of life-stages and experiences, and animated idea-exchange.

Two tracks are available for these life-span psychology seminars:

  • Programs for mixed-age audiences on psychology of aging and life-span development topics (customized seminars featuring themes of interest to clinical counselors and social workers, medical and healthcare professionals, academic groups from diverse disciplines, community forums, and faith communities with a shared interest in some aspect of life-stage development/life-transitions)
  • Programs for pre-retirees focusing on retirement adaptation and changing roles and relationships during the retirement years.

 Target Audience

Seminar materials are presented in clear and approachable ways that emphasize the pragmatic application of ideas to personal, familial, and professional contexts.  Participants in previous programs have included a wide range of backgrounds:

  • Clinical psychologists, social workers, and counselors (staff training programs)
  • University and corporate pre-retirees
  • Retirees affiliated with major US retirement communities
  • Faculty members in Social Work, Medicine, Public Health, Sociology, and Educational Psychology
  • Medical students and hospital residents/interns
  • Graduate students in social science and humanities disciplines
  • University and Community College students
  • Healthcare professionals, including nurses, home-health aides, and administrators
  • Community and religious groups of diverse ages and interests
  • Human Resource Directors and EAP representatives within corporate and academic settings
  • Teachers and Administrators in Teacher-Training Workshops (US and overseas)
  • Researchers affiliated with AARP’s Research Seminar Series
  • Members of poetry and writing communities
  • Members of US Housing Authority residential sites
  • Secondary-school students (life-span development topics)
  • K-12 students enrolled in Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Programs.

Letters of reference from both program directors and seminar participants are available upon request.

For additional information and to arrange a program, please contact: eisen@umich.edu.


Short video review of a recent Life-Span Seminar:


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