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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Office phone: 541-737-8902
Fax: 541-737-2930

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; youth and the transition to adulthood; aging; fatherhood; social policy.



Recent Articles

Fathers' accounts of struggle and growth in early adulthood: An exploratory study of disadvantaged men

Integrating genomics into clinical oncology: Ethical and social challenges from proponents of personalized medicine

Are conceptions of adulthood universal and unisex? Ages and social markers in 25 European countries

Are "anti-aging medicine" and "successful aging" two sides of the same coin?

Life planning among young adults in 23 European countries: The effects of individual and country security

Civic involvement across the life course: Moving beyond age-based assumptions


Not Quite Adults: Why 20-Somethings Are Choosing a Slower Path to Adulthood, and Why It's GoodBook | Not Quite Adults for Everyone
by Richard A. Settersten, Ph.D. and Barbara E. Ray



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



Special Issue

Rick Settersten guest-edited a special issue of Research in Human Development on Military service in the life course: Implications for later-life health and well-being.

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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.

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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