Catherine Hennessy is a social gerontologist and Professor of Ageing at the University of Stirling where she is engaged in promoting interdisciplinary research on ageing and older people. She holds degrees in anthropology (BA, MA) and public health (MPH, DrPH) and received her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley in 1991. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She has researched older people’s health, well-being and the provision of care for over 30 years, both in the United States and the United Kingdom. From 1991-2001 she carried out research in public health gerontology at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Relocating to the United Kingdom in 2001, from 2001-2004 she was Deputy Director of two UK Research Council-funded initiatives, the Growing Older Programme and the UK National Collaboration on Ageing Research. From 2005-2015 she was Professor of Public Health and Ageing at Plymouth University.