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Martin J. Sliwinski
Professor of Human Development and Family Studies
Director, Center for Healthy Aging
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402 BBH Building

Sliwinski directs The Center for Healthy Aging and the Penn State Geroscience and Dementia Prevention Consortium. Sliwinski’s research interests involve dynamic phenotyping of daily experiences (e.g., stress, social activity) and cognitive function to understand their inter-relationships across multiple time scales (e.g., micro-changes across days and longer-term changes across years or decades). His projects embed brief ambulatory cognitive assessments into ecological momentary assessment (EMA) and daily diary designs to obtain multiple ‘snapshots’ (i.e., frequent measurements) of cognitive function, ongoing behavior, psychological states, and environmental exposures in real-time and in people’s natural environment.


Oravecz, Z., Harrington, K., Hakun, J., Wang, C., Katz, M., Zhaoyang, R., & Sliwinski, M. (2022). Accounting for retest effects in cognitive testing with the Bayesian double exponential model via intensive measurement burst designs. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

Kramer, A. C., Neubauer, A. B., Scott, S. B., Schmiedek, F., Sliwinski, M. J., & Smyth, J. M. (2021). Stressor anticipation and subsequent affective well-being: A link potentially explained by perseverative cognitions. Emotion (Washington, D.C.), 10.1037/emo0000954. Advance online publication.

Zhaoyang, R., Scott, S. B., Martire, L. M., & Sliwinski, M. J. (2021). Daily social interactions related to daily performance on mobile cognitive tests among older adults. PloS one, 16(8), e0256583

Sliwinski, M. J., Freed, S., Scott, S. B., Pasquini, G., & Smyth, J. M. (2021). Does Chronic Stress Moderate Age Differences in Emotional Well-Being? Testing Predictions of Strength and Vulnerability Integration. The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences, 76(6), 1104–1113.

Hyun, J., Katz, M. J., Lipton, R. B., & Sliwinski, M. J. (2021). Mentally challenging occupations are associated with more rapid cognitive decline at later stages of cognitive aging. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 76(4), 671-680

Zhaoyang, R., Sliwinski, M. J., Martire, L. M., Katz, M. J., & Scott, S. B. (2021). Features of daily social interactions that discriminate between older adults with and without mild cognitive impairment. The journals of gerontology. Series B, Psychological sciences and social sciences, gbab019. Advance online publication.

Zhaoyang, R., Scott, S. B., Smyth, J. M., Kang, J., & Sliwinski, M. J. (2020). Emotional responses to stressors in everyday life predict long-term trajectories of depressive symptoms. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 54(6), 402-412

Hyun, J., Sliwinski, M. J., & Smyth, J. M. (2019). Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: The effects of stress anticipation on working memory in daily life. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 74, 38-46.

Sliwinski, M. J., Mogle, J. A., Hyun, J., Munoz, E., Smyth, J. M., & Lipton, R. B. (2018). Reliability and validity of ambulatory cognitive assessments. Assessment, 25, 14-30