Carolyn Aldwin, Ph.D.

Center for Healthy Aging Jo Anne Leonard Endowed Director
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At OSU
Affiliation(s): 
School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
Human Development and Family Sciences
Center for Healthy Aging Research
Gerontology
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My research examines how psychosocial factors affect health, especially how individuals cope with stress. I also examine how personality, mental health, and physical health change across the lifespan. I am particularly interested in factors which affect the rate of aging, as well as stress-related growth.

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
My Publications

2016

Journal Article

C. L. Park, Aldwin, C., Choun, S., George, L., Suresh, D. P., and Bliss, D., Spiritual peace predicts 5-year mortality in congestive heart failure patients., Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 203-10, 2016.

2013

Book

C. Aldwin and Gilmer, D. F., Health, Illness, and Optimal Aging: Biological and psychosocial perspectives, 2nd ed. New York: Springer Publishing Company, 2013, p. 400.

Book Chapter

M. R. Levenson, Aldwin, C., and Igarashi, H., Religious Development from Adolescence to Middle Adulthood, in Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, New York: Guilford Press, 2013, pp. 183-197.

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