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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 M. Almeida: Daily stress processes; adult development; family factors in mental health; work and family linkages; fatherhood; statistical techniques for measuring change.
  • Timothy R. Brick: Individual change and variability of emotion and behavior at multiple timescales from milliseconds to months; Technological approaches to intensive longitudinal measurements of individuals, dyads, and groups; Machine learning models for prediction at the individual and group levels.
  • Alyssa Gamaldo: Lifespan development; cognitive aging; health disparities; minority aging; influence of sleep on cognitive functioning, health, and well-being; socio-demographic and environmental influences on health; within-person changes in cognition and health; identify early signs of cognitive impairment.
  • Lynn M. Martire: Family relationships and management of chronic illness in adulthood; couple-oriented interventions; chronic pain; late-life depression.
  • Zita Oravecz: Joint modeling of individual differences in developmental and moment-to-moment changes in emotion and cognition; process models of cognitive functioning; positive development and well-being in adulthood
  • 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 A. Ross: Cognitive aging; Cognitive interventions; Exercise interventions; Everyday functioning; Mobility; Driving; Adult development; Impact of cognition on everyday functioning, health, and wellbeing; Identification of older adults at risk for future declines; Technology
  • Alexis Santos: Social disparities in stress, health, and mortality; demography; aging
  • Martin J. Sliwinski: Stress, health and cognitive aging; linking daily experiences to long-term development; analysis of intraindividual variability and change.
  • Samantha Tornello: Sexual and gender minority parents; pathways to parenthood; couple dynamics and family functioning; division of labor; children's development, and stigma and discrimination.