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 is Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University and Endowed Director of the Hallie E. Ford Research Center for Healthy Children and Families. He received a Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University and 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. Before moving to OSU, he was Professor of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University.

Professor Settersten's recent research has been covered in print, radio, television and internet outlets. These include the BBC, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Economist, Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed, LA Times, New Yorker, New York Times, NPR, Oprah Radio, Oregonian, People, Seattle Post Intelligencer, The Telegraph, Toronto Star, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Wilson Quarterly.

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