Jon Pynoos is the UPS Foundation Professor of Gerontology, Policy, Planning and Development at the Andrus Gerontology Center of the University of Southern California. He is also Director of the National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification, and Co-Director of the Fall Prevention Center of Excellence which is funded by the Archstone Foundation. He is a recognized national and international expert on housing and aging in place. Dr. Pynoos has spent his career researching, writing, and advising the government and private sector concerning how to improve housing and long term care policies and programs for the elderly. He has conducted a large number of applied research projects based on surveys and case studies of housing and long-term care. He has written and edited six books on housing and the elderly including Linking Housing and Services for Older Adults: Obstacles, Options, and Opportunities, Housing the Aged: Design Directives and Policy Considerations and Housing Frail Elders: International Policies, Perspectives and Prospects.
Dr. Pynoos was a delegate to the last two White House Conferences on Aging and was responsible for writing the paper on Supportive Housing and Long Term Care that served as the basis for many of the final recommendations. He is currently a member of the City of Los Angeles Task Force on Aging and the California Commission on Aging. Previously, he served on CaliforniaÕs Board of Nursing Home Examiners and the GovernorÕs Blue Ribbon Task Force on Homes for Veterans. He is past Chair of the Social Research, Policy, and Practice Section and Vice-President of the Gerontological Society of America and is on the Board of the American Society on Aging. He is a founding member of the National Home Modification Action Coalition. Dr. Pynoos has been awarded both Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships. Before moving to USC in 1979, Dr. Pynoos was Director of an Area Agency on Aging/Home Care Corporation in Massachusetts that provided a range of services to keep older persons out of institutional settings. He holds undergraduate, Master's and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University where he graduated Magna cum Laude.