Dr. Boker’s research interests include the application of dynamical systems analytic techniques to psychological and physiological data. His contributions include methods for examining change in multivariate mixed cross-sectional and longitudinal data include the Statistical Vector Field method, Differential Structural Equation Modeling using local linear approximation of derivatives, and the Latent Differential Equations method for fitting differential equations models to multivariate multiple occasion data. He is currently pursuing research into methods for estimating models for nonstationary data — data for which model parameters or model structures change over time.
Dr. Boker’s current NSF sponsored project is through the Human and Social Dynamics program. In collaboration with Jeffrey Cohn at University of Pittsburgh and Simon Baker in the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University, he is studying the coordination of gestures and facial expressions during dyadic conversation over a video phone. Dr. Boker’s lab uses state of the art computerized technology to test cognitive theories of interpersonal coordination and perception-action coupling during conversation, dance, and imitation learning tasks. His awards include the Raymond B. Cattell Award for distinguished early career contributions to multivariate psychology and the Tanaka award from the Society of Multivariate Experimental Psychology.
Dr. Susan Charles is a Professor of Psychology and Social Behavior in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. Her research examines emotional processes across the adult life span. Dr. Charles is interested in examining how age-related changes in physical and cognitive processes influence the strategies people use to regulate their emotional experiences. In addition, Dr. Charles is a fellow of the Gerontological Association and received the 2011 Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award from the Gerontological Society of America for her paper on the theoretical model of Strength and Vulnerability. Her work is supported by the National Institutes of Health: Aging.
David Dunning is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the psychology of misbelief, as well as the influence of social and emotional forces in putatively economic behavior. In the latter, he explores the impact of emotion and social variables on behavior in economic games, exploring such behaviors as trust and cooperation among strangers. He received his bachelors degree from Michigan State University and his doctorate from Stanford University. He is the former president of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology and currently president of the Society for the Study of Motivation. He has also served as chair of the American Psychological Association’s Board on Publications and Communications. Throughout the years, his research has been supported financially from the National Institutes of Mental Health, National Science Foundation, and the Templeton Foundation.
Phoebe C. Ellsworth is the Frank Murphy Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Law at the University of Michigan. She is one of the originators of the appraisal theory of emotion, and her research interests include the relation between cognition and emotion, complex and vicarious emotions, and cultural similarities and differences in emotion. She is also interested in research methods, particularly experimental design and the development of procedures that are realistic and meaningful to research participants. Professor Ellsworth is a fellow of the APA, APS, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the International Society for Research on Emotion. Her awards include the Nalini Ambady Award for Mentoring Excellence, the SPSP Career Contribution Award, and the APS James McKeen Cattell Award.
Dr. Freedman is a Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. She has published extensively on the topics of population aging, disability, and long-term care. She currently serves as co-Principal Investigator of two national panel studies: the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID). She is also leading a supplemental study of disability, time use and well-being among older adults in the PSID.
Dale Griffin is a professor of Marketing and Behavioral Sciences and the founding director of the Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. He has a PhD in Social Psychology from Stanford University and does research on judgment and forecasting, risk perception, and psychological measurement. His domains of application range from the benefits of optimism in close relationships to the effect of risk-aversion in physician decision-making to the processes through which gender diversity affects financial decision-making.
Derek M. Isaacowitz is a Professor of Psychology and director of the Lifespan Emotional Development Lab (LEDlab) at Northeastern University. He was an undergraduate at Stanford and earned his Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. His research on attention – emotion links across adulthood is funded by the National Institute on Aging, and has appeared in journals such as Psychological Science, Psychology and Aging, and Emotion. He is currently Associate Editor at Psychology and Aging and was previously Associate Editor of Emotion. He has received APA Division 20’s Springer Early Career Achievement Award, and the Baltes Early Career Award from GSA.
James S. Jackson is the Daniel Katz Distinguished University Professor of Psychology, Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies, and Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research. He is a former National President of the Association of Black Psychologists, the Consortium of Social Science Associations, and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.
He served on the National Advisory Mental Health Council of the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Aging Advisory Council and the Board of Scientific Counselors of NIA. He served as a member of the Advisory Council to the Director of NIH. He is a fellow of several scientific associations including the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the recipient of the Robert W. Kleemeier Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research in Aging, Gerontological Society of America, the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award for Distinguished Career Contributions in Applied Psychology, the Association for Psychological Sciences, Solomon Carter Fuller Award, American Psychiatric Association, Senior Health Policy Investigator, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Medal for Distinguished Contributions in Biomedical Sciences, New York Academy of Medicine. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences, Member, Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, National Research Council, The National Academies, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Fellow, the American Academy of Political and Social Science. He was recently named to the National Science Board.
He is a founding member of the “Aging Society Research Network” of the MacArthur Foundation and he is currently directing the most extensive social, political behavior, and mental and physical health surveys on the African American and Black Caribbean populations ever conducted. He is the Co-Director of the NIH supported University of Michigan “Center for Integrative Approaches to Health Disparities” and the “Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research”.
Dr. Jeff Larsen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His research investigates whether and when people experience mixed emotions when they experience disappointing wins, the end of meaningful times in their lives (e.g., college graduations), and other bittersweet events. Dr. Larsen has also investigated whether the ability to experience mixed emotions develops over the course of childhood.
Jinkook Lee is the Director of Program on Global Aging, Health, and Policy at University of Southern California and senior economist at the RAND Corporation. Before joining USC and RAND, she held a professorship at the Ohio State University. Her research agenda focuses on economics of aging, which has become increasingly interdisciplinary in recent years. She has co-led the development of two multidisciplinary, longitudinal population surveys, the Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging (KLoSA) and the Longitudinal Aging Study in India (LASI). She also leads an international data harmonization project funded by the National Institute on Aging, the Gateway to Global Aging Data (g2aging.org), a platform for population survey data on aging from 31 countries around the world. Her current research interests include late-life cognition and dementia, the determinants of late-life health and subjective well-being, and policy effects on health and wellbeing of elderly in East Asia.
Dr. Richard Lucas is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University. His research there investigates the causes, consequences, and measurement of subjective well-being. He is also interested in positive emotions, the effects of life events on life satisfaction, personality traits, extraversion, and personality assessment. Additionally, Dr. Lucas is a Research Professor at the German Institute for Economic Research and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Research in Personality.
Anthony Ong is Associate Professor of Human Development at Cornell University, where he directs the Emotions, Stress and Health Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California and completed his postdoctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame. His research broadly focuses on the emotional determinants of health across the lifespan. A major focus of his recent work involves expanding basic understanding of the behavioral and biological pathways by which positive emotions and interpersonal relationships contribute to diverse health outcomes in later adulthood. Dr. Ong’s research has been supported by the National Institute of Aging, and he is the recipient of the Springer Early Career Award in Adult Development and Aging from the American Psychological Association and the Margret and Paul Baltes Early Career Award in Behavioral and Social Sciences from the Gerontological Society of America.
Dr. Nilam Ram is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Human Development & Family Studies and Psychology at Pennsylvania State University. He specializes in longitudinal research methodology and life-span development – particularly in how within-person/intraindividual change and variability study designs can contribute to our understanding of behavioral change. Substantively, he applies these methods to examine changes in human behavior at multiple levels – biological, behavioral, cultural – and across multiple time scales – second-to-second, day-to-day, decade-to-decade. Coupling the theory and method with data collected using mobile technologies, Nilam is shaping a paradigm shift towards integration of person-specific methodology with data visualization, gaming, experience sampling, and the delivery of individualized interventions/treatment.
Scott Rick is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Rick received his PhD in Behavioral Decision Research from Carnegie Mellon in 2007, and he then spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at Wharton. Rick’s research focuses on understanding the emotional causes and consequences of consumer financial decision-making, with a particular interest in the behavior of tightwads and spendthrifts. The overarching goal of his work is to understand when and why consumers behave differently than they should behave (defined by an economically rational benchmark, a happiness-maximizing benchmark, or by how people think they should behave), and to develop marketing and policy interventions to improve consumers’ decision making and well-being.
Rick has published in marketing, psychology, management, neuroscience, and economics journals, including the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of Consumer Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, the Annual Review of Psychology, and Neuron. He currently serves on the Editorial Review Boards of the Journal of Marketing Research and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes. His research has been covered by media outlets such as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the Washington Post, NPR, and Harvard Business Review. He blogs for Psychology Today. At Ross, he has won awards for both research and teaching.
Dr. Volling is currently Director and Research Professor at the Center for Human Growth and Development and Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on the social and emotional development of infants, parent-infant interaction, and the role of family relationships in facilitating children’s developmental outcomes. She has conducted extensive research on the role of fathers for infant development and is one of the leading experts on the development of infant-father attachment relationships. She is the Principal Investigator of the Family Transitions Study (FTS), a longitudinal investigation of changes in the firstborn’s adjustment and family functioning after the birth of a second child, which has received funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the Fetzer Foundation. She was the recipient of an Independent Scientist Award from NICHD and received a Faculty Recognition Award for outstanding research, teaching and service at the University of Michigan. She recently received the MICHR Distinguished Clinical and Translational Research Mentor Award. She is also a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science. Dr. Volling received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Carolina Consortium on Human Development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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