Research Area of Specialization: Individual Development — Adulthood and Aging

Graduate study in adult development and aging allows students to explore topics in emerging adulthood, midlife, and old age. The program emphasizes the complex ways that personal characteristics, social partners, and organizations interact to influence development and change throughout the adult years. Students conduct research within a broad framework for understanding relations between developing people and the key contexts of their lives: family, workplace, community, and society. Faculty research interests include predictors of the transition to adulthood, parent-child and other family relationships, economic factors and well-being, predictors and consequences of stressful events, maintenance and enhancement of cognitive abilities, and psychosocial contributions to functional capacity in later life. Opportunities for international experience are available in several countries including Australia, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland. Students may combine their specialization in adult development and aging with emphases in prevention research, family studies, or methodology.

David Almeida
Daily stress processes; adult development; family factors in mental health; work and family linkages; fatherhood; statistical techniques for measuring change.
Lynn Martire
Family relationships and management of chronic illness in adulthood; couple-oriented interventions; chronic pain; late-life depression.
Nilam Ram
Changes in the psychological processes of emotion, personality, and cognition, how they develop over the course of the lifespan, and how intraindividual change and variability study designs can contribute to our understanding of human behavior.
Lesley Ross
My research goal is to maintain and improve the everyday functioning of older adults through the investigation of contributing factors to trajectories of change in everyday functioning, and the translation of these factors into evidence-based interventions to maintain everyday functioning.
Martin Sliwinski
Stress, health and cognitive aging; linking daily experiences to long-term development; analysis of intraindividual variability and change.
Steven Zarit
Mental health and aging, especially the stress of caregivers; functioning of the oldest old; innovative models of service delivery.