The underlying question that threads all of Shelbie’s work together is: “How do thoughts about the future shape behaviors in the present?”
Currently, she is studying how intergenerational relationships shape middle-aged people’s thoughts about who they may be in old age and, in turn, how those thoughts motivate them to prepare for their own age-related change.
Her dissertation study – titled the ACHIEVE (Assessing Caregiver Health In Everyday Contexts) Study – analyzes how women who are caring for parents with Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Dementia think about their own aging processes and how those thoughts shape their pursuit of personally-identified physical activity goals.
You can learn more about Shelbie’s research projects here: shelbiegturner.weebly.com
Other research interests include:
Intergenerational relationships, especially intergenerational caregiving of older adults
Anticipating and transitioning into old age; possible selves; goal pursuit
Social cognition; views on age and aging; self-perceptions of aging
Disparities in health behavior and health outcomes
Developmental methodology, especially intraindividual variability