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Aaron Guest

Assistant Professor of Aging, Arizona State University

M. Aaron Guest, PhD, MPH, MSW is a socio-environmental gerontologist and Assistant Professor of Aging in the Center for Innovation in Healthy and Resilient Aging at the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University.

He is an interdisciplinary trained social-environmental gerontologist interested in the predominant social and environmental domains an individual exists in and how this knowledge can lead to new understandings of health. His work pulls from a diverse, theoretically rich background, including training in public health, with an emphasis on health promotion, social work, with a focus on macro-level policy and community change, health communication, dissemination and implementation science, social network analysis, sociology, and geospatial approaches to understanding health. Through this work, he seeks to develop novel, tailored health interventions that can be utilized to increase the diffusion and translation of health innovations and thus increase access and utilization of critical health programs and services for older adults and their families. In short, he aims to create the optimal person-environment fit for the most advantageous health benefits for individuals as they age.

The scope of his research can be grouped into two overarching themes: Interventions for Decreasing Health Inequities and Improving Health Equity in Aging and Aging in the Social & Built Environments. The thematic connection between these domains is a commitment to, and interest in, the social and built environments in which individuals age – and the development of understandings of the ideal person and environment fit from this knowledge.

In addition to these roles, he serves as the Chair of the Age-Friendly University Global Network Secretariat, based at Arizona State University.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Aging, Arizona State University


  • 2019 
    University of Kentucky, PhD in Gerontology
  • 2015 
    University of South Carolina, Graduate Certificate in Health Communication
  • 2015 
    University of South Carolina, Master of Public Health in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
  • 2015 
    University of South Carolina, Master of Social Work in Organizations and Communities
  • 2012 
    University of South Carolina, Bachelors of Anthropology with Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

Professional Memberships

  • American Public Health Association
  • Gerontological Society of America