Richard A. Settersten, Jr., Ph.D.

Head, School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences Professor and Barbara E. Knudson Endowed Chair, Human Development and Family Sciences
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School of Social and Behavioral Health Sciences
Human Development and Family Sciences
Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families
Center for Healthy Aging Research
Academic interests: 

The life course; transitions to adulthood; age and aging; parenthood; social policy; epigenetics

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Being Human in Hard Times: Disturbing Trends and Signs of Hope.

Research in Human Development

Edited by Richard A. Settersten Jr., Megan M. McClelland

Times of instability can foster social relationships and support, ignite social movements, generate new ways of thinking about life, and of living it and yield innovative solutions to personal and social problems.

For this reason, we have invited scholars to take a fresh look at some of the essential but underexplored aspects of human experience. We have asked authors to be visionary—to reflect on why the phenomenon they chose is crucial today, how it matters for development across the life span, how it comes about and what consequences it brings, and how it might be better theorized, measured, and analyzed to advance knowledge and its application. Some phenomena are naturally more negative, and others more positive. Either way, it is our aim to probe these phenomena with an eye to how they might be fostered or managed to promote and optimize the wellbeing of individuals, families, communities and nations.

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The Study of Human Development: The Future of the Field

Edited by Richard A. Settersten Jr., Megan M. McClelland

If you had just one wish for the study of human development, what would it be? How would it advance the field? And what would it take for your vision to be realized? This was the charge given to twenty-eight scholars, coming from different disciplines and fields, and who study different periods of the life course. This book compiles provocative contributions from a wide range of established scholars, organized into seven thematic areas: conceptual advances; systems, levels, and contexts; individual differences; methodological advances; harnessing science for human welfare and social justice; underexplored life course dynamics; and interdisciplinary collaboration and playing well with others. This book was originally published as a special issue of Research in Human Development.

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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

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Beyond OSU
Biography

Rick Settersten, Ph.D. is Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University, and Endowed Director of the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families. For a decade, he was a member of the MacArthur Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood and Public Policy.

Dr. Settersten is a specialist in life-course studies, with a strong record of experience conducting research and collaborating across disciplines and across life periods. His research has often focused on the first and last few decades of adulthood, always with an eye toward understanding the whole of human life.

Prior to moving to Oregon State, Rick rose through the faculty ranks from assistant professor to professor of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

A graduate of Northwestern University, Settersten has held fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education in Berlin, the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern, and the Spencer Foundation in Chicago.  He is author or editor of many scientific articles and several books, including Not Quite Adults, Handbook of Sociology of Aging, and On the Frontier of Adulthood.

Besides MacArthur, his research has been supported by divisions of the National Institutes of Health—including major projects on genomic medicine (funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute), on efforts to control human aging (by the National Institute on Aging), and on late-life health outcomes of military service (also funded by NIA).

Settersten recently participated in National Academy of Science/Institute on Medicine discussions of the health and wellbeing of young adults, and of the social demography, epidemiology, and sociology of aging.

His research has been covered in many media outlets, including the Economist, New York Times, NPR, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal.

My Publications

2018

Book

A. Spiro, Settersten, R. A., and Aldwin, C. M., Long-Term Outcomes of Military Service: The Health and Well-Being of Aging Veterans, 1st ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press, 2018, p. 288.

Book Chapter

S. Avron, Settersten, R. A., and Aldwin, C. M., Understanding the long-term outcomes of military service., in Long-term outcomes of military service: The health and wellbeing of aging veterans, Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press, 2018, pp. 3-16.
S. Avron, Aldwin, C. M., and Settersten, R. A., Survey items for assessing military service., in Long-term outcomes of military service: The health and wellbeing of aging veterans, vol. 1, Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press, 2018, p. APPENDIX B.
R. A. Settersten, Nine Ways That Social Relationships Matter for the Life Course, 8th ed., vol. 26370B58B325757302312, D. F. Alwin, Felmlee, D. H., and Kreager, D. A. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2018, pp. 27 - 40.
R. A. Settersten, Recksiedler, C., Godlewski, B., and Elder, Jr., G. H., Two faces of wartime experience: Veterans’ appraisals and collective memories in later life., in Long-term outcomes of military service: The health and wellbeing of aging veterans, Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press, 2018, pp. 19-36.
R. A. Settersten and Schneider, B., The Future of Higher Education: What’s the Life Course Got to Do with It?, in Handbook of the sociology of education in the 21st century, 1st ed., B. Schneider New York: Springer International Publishing, 2018, pp. 457 - 471.
R. A. Settersten, Aldwin, C. M., and Avron, S., Aging veterans and long-term outcomes of military service: Implications for practice and policy, in Long-term outcomes of military service: The health and wellbeing of aging veterans, Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press, 2018, pp. 277-292.

Journal Article

R. A. Settersten and Thogmartin, A., Flux: Insights into the Social Aspects of Life Transitions, Research in Human Development, vol. 15, no. 3-4, pp. 360 - 373, 2018.

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