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.
Long-Term Outcomes of Military Service: The Health and Well-Being of Aging 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
- the way notions of patriotism and nationalism among service personnel and their families may change over time
Positive and Negative Mental Health Outcomes in Late Life: Stress, Suicide, and Wisdom
Five College of Health professors present on topics related to optimizing mental health across the adult lifespan. Each presenter has conducted research in the area they are speaking about and integrate results from their studies into the general theme of mental health across the lifespan.