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See how the Center for Healthy Aging's dedicated researchers are optimizing the health and well-being of aging individuals and their families.
Associate Professor Urszula Iwaniec came to Oregon State’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences in 2005 after working as an assistant research scientist in the Department of Physiological Sciences at the University of Florida. She earned a master’s degree in anthropology at Arizona State University and a PhD in anthropology from the University of Wisconsin.
Her current research foci include:
Read Inside the mind of researcher Urszula Iwaniec to learn about her current research.
Professor Karen Hooker came to Oregon State in 1994 and has held roles as the director of the Program on Gerontology, Human Development and Family Sciences interim department chair, founding director of the Center for Healthy Aging Research and the Jo Anne Leonard Petersen Endowed Chair in Gerontology and Family Studies. She earned a master’s degree in psychology from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., and a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies at The Pennsylvania State University in Pennsylvania.
Her studies all aspects of personality. Personality is a very broad construct that encompasses what a person is like as well as processes that continually shape who and what we are, and importantly how this affects our most important life outcomes such as our relationships, educational and work careers, and mental and physical health.
Read Inside the mind of researcher Karen Hooker to learn about her current research.
Human Development and Family Sciences Professor Carolyn Aldwin is the new Jo Anne Leonard endowed director of the CPHHS’ Center for Healthy Aging Research. Carolyn, who also is the director of the college’s Gerontology Program and a visiting professor at the University of Connecticut, has held various academic appointments dating back to 1984. Before coming to Oregon State in 2004, she served as a professor in the Department of Human and Community Development at the University of California, Davis. She earned a PhD in the Adult Development and Aging Program at the University of California, San Francisco.
Her current work focuses on three areas: how personality, stress, coping and health changes with age; how psychosocial factors affect health; and stress-related growth and optimal aging.
Read Inside the mind of researcher Carolyn Aldwin to learn more about Carolyn's current research.
Exercise and Sport Science Associate Professor Mike Pavol came to Oregon State in 2002 and has held positions as an associate professor, assistant professor and director of the Biomechanics Laboratory. He previously served as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Illinois at Chicago and at Northwestern University Medical School. He earned a master’s degree in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a PhD from The Ohio State University.
His research is in two main areas: 1) preventing falls and fractures in older adults and 2) improving the safety of assisted transfers of people with mobility difficulties.
Read Inside the mind of researcher Mike Pavol to learn more about Mike's current research.
Deborah John works as a professor of Public Health and Kinesiology in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. She also serves as an Extension Family and Community Health faculty member within the CPHHS’ Extension and Public Health Practice, and is a researcher within the Center for Healthy Aging Research as well as the Hallie Ford Center.
She began her career as a graduate assistant and later an instructor in the former Department of Exercise and Sport Science at Oregon State, and has worked as an assistant professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. She earned a master’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of West Florida and a PhD in Exercise Science/Psychology from Oregon State.
Read Inside the mind of researcher Deborah John to learn more about Deborah's current research.
|Researchers previously featured|
|Winter||Carmen Steggell Associate Professor of Design and Human Environment|
|Fall||Tory Hagen Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics|