Richard A. Settersten, Jr., Ph.D.

Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences, Endowed Director of Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families
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At OSU
Affiliation(s): 
School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
Human Development and Family Sciences
Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families
Center for Healthy Aging Research
Research/Career Interests: 

The life course; transitions to adulthood; age and aging; parenthood; social policy; epigenetics

Spotlight

Long-Term Outcomes of Military Service: The Health and Well-Being of Aging Veterans

Edited by Avron Spiro, Richard A. Settersten, Jr., and Carolyn M. Aldwin

Using data compiled from longitudinal studies of World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans, contributors to this groundbreaking book examine the effects of military service across the lifespan. The U.S. spends more than 100 billion dollars annually on healthcare for more than 30 million active military and veterans.

The prevalence of negative trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among military veterans is well-known. But other more subtle effects of military service — particularly on health and well-being in later life — are less well-understood, among researchers as well as medical and mental health professionals who care for veterans.

Chapters in this book give us crucial insights into the impact of military service, including the surprising finding that service can serve as a protective factor in some contexts, throughout the aging process.

Topic areas include

  • the effects of combat and stress on longevity and brain functioning
  • the use of memory, cognition, and ego development at various points in life
  • the relationship between experiences of discrimination and the later development of PTSD
  • marriage longevity
  • employment
  • the way notions of patriotism and nationalism among service personnel and their families may change over time

Visit the website for this book.

Beyond OSU
Biography

Rick Settersten, Ph.D. is Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University, and Endowed Director of the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families. For a decade, he was a member of the MacArthur Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood and Public Policy.

Dr. Settersten is a specialist in life-course studies, with a strong record of experience conducting research and collaborating across disciplines and across life periods. His research has often focused on the first and last few decades of adulthood, always with an eye toward understanding the whole of human life.

Prior to moving to Oregon State, Rick rose through the faculty ranks from assistant professor to professor of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Settersten has held fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education in Berlin, the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern, and the Spencer Foundation in Chicago.  He is author or editor of many scientific articles and several books, including Not Quite Adults, Handbook of Sociology of Aging, and On the Frontier of Adulthood.

Besides MacArthur, his research has been supported by divisions of the National Institutes of Health—including major projects on genomic medicine (funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute), on efforts to control human aging (by the National Institute on Aging), and on late-life health outcomes of military service (also funded by NIA).

Settersten recently participated in National Academy of Science/Institute on Medicine discussions of the health and wellbeing of young adults, and of the social demography, epidemiology, and sociology of aging.

His research has been covered in many media outlets, including the Economist, New York Times, NPR, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal.

My Publications

2015

Book Chapter

R. A. Settersten, The New Landscape of Early Adulthood: Implications for Broad-Access Higher Education, in Remaking College: The Changing Ecology of Higher Education, M. Stevens and Kirst, M. Palo Alto, CA: Stanford University Press, 2015, pp. 113-133.

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