Robert Stawski, PhD

Robert Stawski, PhD
Core Director

Researchers in the Population, Social and Individual Health Core investigate aging individuals and families in societies across the life span.

Research in this core focuses on stress and coping, personality and self-regulation, health behaviors, caregiving and support across the lifespan, and the interface between physical, psychological, and social well-being.

Population, Social and Individual Health Core faculty and research interests

Carolyn Aldwin, Human Development and Family Sciences

  • Stress and coping; stress-related growth
  • Changes in mental and physical health across the lifespan

    Sally Bowman, OSU Extension Family and Community Health; Human Development and Family Sciences

    • Caregiving across the lifespan
    • Family processes in coping with caregiving

    Karen Hooker, Human Development and Family Sciences

    • Personality and self  processes as related to mental and physical health
    • Processes of intraindividual change during transitions

    Deborah John, Biological and Population Health Sciences

    • Conducting CBPR to generate and transfer knowledge of the intersection between healthy aging and rural place
    • Exploring how attributes of people and attributes of place interact to differently affect health, health behavior, and lifespan wellbeing of diverse populations

    David Lee, Pharmacy

    • Identify the causes of functional decline and loss of independence in older adults.

      Rick Levenson, Human Development and Family Sciences

      • Exceptional adult development and transformational change
      • Personality change and wisdom as related to mental health, physical health and behavior

      Mei-Ching Lien, Department of Psychology

      • Age related differences in executive control and attentional processes
      • Cognitive processing limitations for multitasking

      Carolyn Mendez-Luck, Human Development and Family Sciences & Health Policy and Management

      • Family care of older Latinos with diabetes
      • Health effects of alcohol and co-morbidity in older adults

      Rick Settersten, Human Development and Family Sciences

      • Social meanings and uses of age; effects of historical events, social change, and demographic change on aging and the life course
      • Efforts to control human aging: perspectives of scientists, providers, and consumers; social implications

      Aurora Sherman, Department of Psychology

      • Lifespan social development and socialization patterns
      • Adjustments to chronic illness in older adulthood

      Ellen Smit, Public Health

      • Diet, Metabolism, and physical activity in relation to chronic disease
      • HIV infection in diverse populations

      Robert Stawski, Human Development and Family Sciences

      • Psychological and biological pathways linking stress to physical, mental, and cognitive health
      • Short-term variation and longitudinal change in stress, health, wellbeing and cognition across the adult lifespan


        (Post-Docs, Research Faculty, or  Faculty from other Universities)

        • Soyoung Choun, School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences, Human Development
        • Paulina Kaiser, College of Public Health & Human Sciences, Epidemiology