Research Professor, Survey Research Center - Professor of Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts - Research Professor, Research Center for Group Dynamics
Dr. Smith is a lifespan developmental and experimental psychologist. Her research focuses on age- and health-related changes in subjective well-being, self-related beliefs, and cognition in midlife and old age and the effects of early-life experiences on late-life outcomes. She combines experimental laboratory studies with survey research to investigate questions about profiles of healthy aging and life quality in midlife, the young old, and the oldest-old. She is a Co-PI of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and PI of a project on experienced well-being in midlife and old age. She teaches courses on the psychology of aging, lifespan cognition, and theories of development across the lifespan.
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Rachel Bergmans is a research fellow in the Psychosocial Aging Group at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Dr. Bergmans received her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and MPH from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on how social and environmental factors influence health disparities in mental health, particularly depression and suicide.
Jeongsoo Park is a research fellow in the Psychosocial Aging Group at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Dr. Park received her Ph. D. in Lifespan Developmental Psychology at North Carolina State University in 2020. Her doctoral work focused on the dynamic relationship between views of aging and outcomes, individual differences in the relationship between social cognition and outcomes, and how the effects of cultures, domains of functioning, and age on adaptive functioning change. In her current work, she is interested in how retrospective life history is associated with later-life health and cognitive functioning.
Monica Williams-Farrelly is a research fellow in the Psychosocial Aging Group at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. Dr. Williams-Farrelly received her PhD in Sociology and Gerontology from Purdue University in 2020. Her doctoral research focused on the early origins of adult health, more specifically understanding the links between early disadvantage and later life health and illness and how physical and social environments can alter those pathways. Currently, she is interested in how social relationships and neighborhoods throughout the lifecourse influence physical frailty and cognitive decline among older adults.
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