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The Birren Center is dedicated to enriching the lives of adults through writing, sharing, and preserving their life stories and life experiences. The program provides opportunities for education, training, research and dissemination of information to professionals and others engaged in the fields of life review, life story writing, and aging.

The Birren Autobiographical Studies Program brings together people from diverse backgrounds. It is committed to research and enriching lives through writing and sharing the Guided Autobiography experience with others.

Dr. James E. Birren, 19182016

James E. Birren, the founding dean of the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and an aging research pioneer considered by many to be the father of modern gerontology, passed away on January 15, 2016 at the age of 97.

Click here to read the University of Southern California's remembrance.

Current Instructor Training courses are now full, but check back soon for information on our next offering in March 2016!

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New book by Cheryl Svensson, Ph.D and Richard Campbell, M.Ed available soon!

Writing Your Legacy: The Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting Your LifeStory is now available. Order your copy on Amazon now!