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

Harold Bae, Biostatistics

  • Genomics of aging and longevity

David Batty, Epidemiology

  • How social, psychological, biological, behavioral and genetic factors from across the life course, and between generations, influence the risk of chronic diseases of major public health importance in adulthood: cardiovascular disease, selected cancers, and mental illness.

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

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

Kelly Chandler, Human Development and Family Sciences

  • To examine emotional transmission processes within the family, I use intensive repeated measures, including daily diaries and ecological momentary assessments.

Cathleen Brown Crowell, Kinesiology

  • Biomechanics of postural stability, movement and movement kinematics and kinetics in fall prevention, joint replacements, and osteoarthritis.

Larry Gilley, Health Management and Policy

  • Health care management and administration, especially in long-term care facilities.

Karen Hooker, Human Development and Family Sciences

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

Veronica Irvin, Health Promotion and Health Behavior

  • I examine health literacy and communication methods in order to better understand how people manage their health.

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.

    Tao Li, Health Management and Policy

    • Health disparity for low-income individuals, patient-centered medical home, and health care financing and quality

    Mei-Ching Lien, Department of Psychology

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

    Carolyn Mendez-Luck, Health Policy and Management

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

    David Rothwell, Human Development and Family Sciences

    • Poverty, families, and social policy across the lifespan. Much of this work compares policies and institutuional frameworks between the U.S., Canada and other OECD countries.

    Jenny Sasser, Human Development and Family Sciences

    • Critical educational gerontology theory and practice; Intergenerational friendships; Multi-level practices for understanding intersectionality of age, aging and ageism; Auto-ethnographic praxis as public gerontology; Aging awareness and literacy.

    Richard 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