Richard A. Settersten, Jr.

Endowed Director of Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families

Hallie E. Ford Center
2631 SW Campus Way, Room 125
Corvallis, OR 97331-8687

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School, program or other affiliation

  • School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
  • Center for Healthy Aging Research
  • Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families
  • Human Development and Family Sciences

Research Interests

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


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Recent Edited Books

Handbook of Theories of AgingHandbook of Theories of Aging, Third Edition (June 2016) With virtually all new contributors and content, this edition contains 35 chapters by the most highly respected luminaries in the field. It addresses theories and concepts built on cumulative knowledge in four disciplinary areas—biology, psychology, social sciences, and policy and practice—as well as landmark advances in trans-disciplinary science. With its explicit focus on theory, the handbook is unique in providing essential knowledge about primary explanations for aging, spanning from cells to societies.
Edited by Richard A. Settersten, Ph.D. and Vern L. Bengtson Ph.D.


Handbook of Sociology of AgingHandbook of Sociology of Aging (Recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Publication Award of the American Sociological Association's Section on Aging and the Life Course)
Edited by Richard A. Settersten, Ph.D. and Jacqueline L. Angel



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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.

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