Research Areas

The Center provides training in the context of a broad range of research projects that fall into six thematically connected areas:

Cognitive Aging

This research area focuses on understanding age-related cognitive changes. Research topics includes memory, language, attention, and decision making. Many of the researchers in this area investigate these topics using both behavioral measures and neuroimaging techniques.

Developmental Methodology

We develop novel approaches to address critical substantive issues in adult development and health research. Our focus is on methodology for the study of intraindividual change and variability. (See the Methodology specialization in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies)

Daily Experiences

Research teams employ intensive data collection designs to study developmental, social, and health processes in adults. This studies emphasize physiological, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral components of stress and their influence on aging, health, and disease outcomes.

Health Behaviors

This research area focuses on the physiology of aging, psychosocial determinants of exercise, dietary patterns, and their influence on cardiovascular health and psychological well-being in adulthood.

Work-Family Health

We study how family processes and work-family linkages influence behaviors, well-being and health in adults of all ages as well as in their families. Research projects include the “Work, Family, and Health Network,” a large multi-site trial to study the effect of workplace interventions on the health and well-being of workers and their families.

Interventions for Healthy Aging

Our research examines how family-oriented interventions can improve patient outcomes, as well as promote emotional well-being and relationship quality in the patient’s family and caregivers. Research projects include developing and evaluating interventions for dementia caregiving and the management of chronic illness. Ongoing studies and research at the Center promise to offer new insights and advances in aging successfully.