Dr. Cook first started serving AGHE's staff in 1995 as part of a phased retirement from AARP. After full retirement in September, 1996, he continued volunteering primarily maintaining the AGHE web site. Dr. Cook served 21 years in the research elements of AARP, in program evaluation and membership surveys, and as staff and ultimately Director of the AARP Andrus Foundation.
Prior to AARP, Dr. Cook was a research psychologist and vice president of Century Research Corporation providing behavioral science research and consultation to industry and government in air, traffic, and mine safety; image interpretation; military systems; and social science surveys in a variety of topics including recreation, water conservation, and transportation.
He was a statistical consultant in personnel research for the U.S. Army and served briefly in personnel administration for Chrysler Corporation.
His Ph.D. is in Psychology from The American University; his MS and BS degrees are in Industrial Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University. He maintains memberships in the Southern Gerontological Society (of which he is a past president and director), Division 21-Adult Development and Aging of the American Psychological Association, and the Technical Group on Aging of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. He is also a member of the Committee on Aging of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia and of the Tri-Diocesan Council on Aging in Virginia.
M. Angela Baker