Dr. Richard Gonzalez is a Professor of Psychology, Statistics and Marketing, the Director of the BioSocial Methods Collaborative and the Director of the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. His primary research areas are methodology and judgment/decision making. He develops mathematical models for psychological processes in decision making and has been exploring the role of emotions in decision making. He makes use of mathematical models that integrate multiple intra-individual processes that span multiple levels of analysis from biological to psychological to cultural. His research in statistics has focused on nonparametric statistics, generalized linear (and nonlinear) mixed models, multivariate multilevel models, which include longitudinal designs and dyadic models, and model-based classification methods that also include latent class and mixture models. He works in both frequentist and Bayesian frameworks. As the director of the BioSocial Methods Collaborative, he focuses on the development of methods for the integration of biological and social science data. Richard Gonzalez and Jacqui Smith have collaborated extensively on studies of well-being, including research associated with the Health and Retirement Study at the University of Michigan.
Lis Nielsen is Chief of the Individual Behavioral Processes (IBP) Branch in the Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR) at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institutes of Health (NIH). This branch develops research programs with a broad scientific scope, encompassing research on behavior change and behavioral interventions, cognitive and emotional functioning, behavior genetics and sociogenomics, technology and human factors, family and interpersonal relationships, and integrative biobehavioral research on the pathways linking social and behavioral factors to health in mid-life and older age. Within the IBP Branch, Nielsen manages a portfolio of research in Psychological Development and Integrative Science, encompassing transdisciplinary research in areas of affective science, health psychology, behavior change, life-span developmental psychology, neuroeconomics and social neuroscience. She coordinates NIA research initiatives on subjective well-being and positive psychobiology, midlife reversibility of risk associated with early life adversity, conscientiousness and healthy aging, and stress measurement. Since coming to NIA in 2005, Nielsen has developed new research programs in Neuroeconomics of Aging, Social Neuroscience of Aging, and Subjective Well-being at NIA, as well as trans-NIH initiatives for the NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet) and the Science of Behavior Change (SOBC). Nielsen has a BA in Philosophy from Rhodes College, MA in Psychology (cand. Psych.) from the University of Copenhagen, and a PhD in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science from the University of Arizona. She held an NIA-funded NRSA Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Psychology of Aging at Stanford University. Her scientific interests and research lie at the intersection of affective science and aging research.
Jacqui Smith is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan and Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research (ISR). She is a Co-PI of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and investigates changes in psychosocial functioning, subjective well-being, and health after age 50. She is a graduate of the University of Sydney and Macquarie University in Australia, and obtained the Habilitation in psychology from the Free University Berlin in Germany. Prior to moving to Michigan in 2006, she was a Senior Research Scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin. Jacqui is a Member of the Academia Europaea (Social and Behavioral Sciences Section), and a Fellow of the Gerontological Association of America (GSA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS) and the American Psychological Association (APA). She received the APA Division 20 Mentorship Award in Adult Development and Aging in 2013.
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