Neal E. Cutler, PhD

Acting President and Dean of Educational Programs


Neal Cutler oversees curriculum development and certification standards for the American Institute of Financial Gerontology.

Dr. Cutler is Executive Director of the Center on Aging of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, headquartered in Woodland Hills, California. The Center’s mission is to develop and implement health, social, and financial service programs for the next generations of entertainment community retirees – whose strong preferences are to “age in place” in their own homes. Because aging-in-place is not aging-in-isolation, the Center’s research and development focus on the mutually supportive linkages among longevity planning, families, social services, housing, transportation, and technology. Concurrently, he is Adjunct Professor of Gerontology at both the University of Southern California and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Before returning to Southern California Dr. Cutler was Associate Director of The UNCG Gerontology Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he focused on the connections among business and aging. Previously, he was Founding Director of the Boettner Center of Financial Gerontology at the University of Pennsylvania and later held the endowed Boettner/Gregg Chair in Financial Gerontology in the School of Business Administration at Widener University. Prior to Philadelphia, for 17 years he held a unique dual appointment as Professor of Political Science and Professor of Gerontology at the University of Southern California – where he was also Associate Director of the USC Andrus Gerontology Center’s Institute for Advanced Study in Gerontology & Geriatrics.

Dr. Cutler has published over 200 articles and 4 books, including Advising Mature Clients: The New Science of Wealth Span Planning and Aging, Money, and Life Satisfaction: Aspects of Financial Gerontology. He won a Fulbright Research Professorship to the University of Helsinki and later to the University of Glasgow. In 1979-81 he was a Professional Staff Member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging. He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the Employee Benefit Research Institute, and one of only 70 National Fellows of the TIAA-CREF Institute. Currently he is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Financial Service Professionals and previously was the Founding Editor of the Financial Gerontology Review, a publication of the National Council on the Aging.

His publications have appeared in such journals as: Public Opinion Quarterly, Journal of Gerontology, Journal of Financial Service Professionals, American Political Science Review, Psychology Today, American Journal of Alzheimer's Research, Generations, Journal of Behavioral Economics, and The Gerontologist. His work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, CBS News, and NPR's "All Things Considered."

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