Florida:
Graduate studies in the psychology of adult development and aging

Following are data on academic programs in the state that provide a specialization in adult development and aging. Data include titles of courses and seminars offered number of faculty with a specialization in adult development and aging, psychology specializations integrated with the study of adult development and aging, administrative organization of the program, availability of assistantships and traineeships in the program, practicum and internship placement opportunities and web addresses and contact persons for the program.

University of Florida (Colleges of Public Health and Health Professions, and Liberal Arts and Sciences, Departments of Clinical and Health Psychology and Psychology)

Direct portals to the Department of Psychology and Department of Clinical and Health Psychology are also available.

Both departments of psychology are pre-doctoral training partners in the University of Florida’s Network for Biobehavioral and Social Research and Training in Aging. Each faculty member with aging interests has individual listings and welcomes contacts from interested students. See also the Aging Mind Group page on the Department of Psychology site for faculty research interests.

Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Developmental Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Clinical Health Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

Courses and Specialized Seminars in AD&A for Graduate Students: Advanced Developmental Psychology, Adult Development and Aging, Autobiographical Memory across the Lifespan, Clinical Geropsychology, Controversies in Adult Language Disorders, Death and Dying Issues and Concepts in Gerontology, Language Production and Aging, Memory and Aging, Neurolinguistics of Adult Language Disorders, Neuropsychology of Aging Psychology and Aging, Psychotherapy with the Older Adult, Social Cognition and Aging, Theories of Cognitive Aging

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 11 Full Time, 0 Part Time (many multi-discipline research/training collaborators)

Number of Faculty affiliated to APA Division 20: 6 APA Division 20 Members, 2 APA Division 20 Fellows

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: We have had a ten-year T32 program in aging, which is currently pending renewal. 

Brief description: Entitled “Physical, Cognitive and Mental Health in Social Context”, this fellowship program offers tuition/stipend support, as well as a regular weekly colloquium, a multi-disciplinary mentoring team, goal-directed support for research progress. Students also obtain a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology involving multidisciplinary coursework in aging (Director: Susan Bluck). Contact person name and email: Michael Marsiske

Title of opportunity: Multiple research and teaching assistantships

Brief description: Variable from year-to-year, all faculty in the aging training program offer research and teaching assistantships that permit research in their laboratories. Available mentors, their emails and lab URLS are listed here:

Contact person name and email:

Abrams, Lise

Email

Website

Bauer, Russell

Email

Website

Bluck, Susan

Email

Website

Bowers, Dawn

Email

Website

Conway, Tim

Email

Website

Crosson, Bruce

Email

Website

Dotson, Vonetta

Email

Website

Ebner, Natalie

Email

Website

Marsiske, Michael

Email

Website

McCrae, Christina

Email

Website

Perlstein, William

Email

Website

Price, Catherine

Email

Website

West, Robin

Email

Website

Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: Please contact individual faculty to inquire about current post-doctoral opportunities.

Practicum and Internship Placements: Clinical students in the program compete for Neuropsychology, Health Psychology and Geropsychology internships.  Students who apply for internships in our program have the opportunity for rotations with older adults and adult neurodegenerative populations. View details on placement settings and internship placement success.

Other Relevant Information and Comments: The UF Aging Training Faculty run a predoctoral research training program in aging. This is a multidisciplinary program which combines intensive research mentorship with professional socialization opportunities and competitive funding. Students and faculty in the Departments of Psychology and Clinical and Health Psychology, are active participants in the training program. Collaborators in other disciplines (Nursing, Rehabilitation Sciences, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Sociology) serve as co-mentors.

Behavioral and cognitive neuroscience, developmental and counseling psychology students pursue their PhD in the Department of Psychology. The Developmental Psychology program is a true lifespan development program with a particular strength in aging. Students interested in Counseling Psychology may establish a co-chaired program of research with a counseling psychologist and an aging training program mentor in the Department of Psychology. Students in Psychology complete curricular requirements with a faculty mentor in the department but, if they become part of the UF Aging Training program, also complete a Certificate in Gerontology.

In Clinical Psychology, several faculty currently mentor and support students with aging interests in areas including dementia, stroke, cognitive interventions, Parkinsons disease, sleep, pain mental health and aging and exercise/behavior modification. Students with aging interests will typically be enrolled in the Neuropsychology or Health Psychology tracks.

Our aging training program has a regular weekly colloquium, a multi-disciplinary mentoring team, goal-directed support for research progress.  Students also obtain a Graduate Certificate in Gerontology involving multidisciplinary coursework in aging.

Contact:
Michael Marsiske
Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
P.O. Box 100165, University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32610-0165
Telephone: (352) 273-5097
Fax: (801) 720-5897
Email
Website

Updated February 2014

Florida State University (College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Psychology)

Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Cognitive Psychology, Human Factors

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 2 Full-time, 1 Part-time

Number of Faculty affiliated to APA Division 20: 2 APA Division 20 Members, 1 APA Division 20 Fellows

Courses and Specialized Seminars in AD&A for Graduate students: Aging and Cognition, Aging and Human Factors

Courses and Specialized Seminars in AD&A for Undergraduate students: Adult Development and Aging

Availability of Graduate Assistantships in AD&A:  Departmental Assistantships are available at entry to the program. Research Assistantships are available from existing research grants. Teaching Assistantships are available for lab sections and following a teaching course for courses. Contact: Dr. Ellen Berler

Availability of Undergraduate Research opportunities in AD&A:  Undergraduates can receive course credit for participating in a departmental independent studies course that involves participating in a research lab.  Current labs run by Boot and by Charness investigate topics such as age and technology use from a human factors perspective (CREATE), aging driver and pedestrian transportation safety (ADaPTS), telehealth use by older adults (FLIGHT). Contacts: Walter Boot, Neil Charness

Availability of Postdoctoral opportunities in AD&A:  We have occasional postdoc opportunities depending on grant availability.  Past postdocs have been involved in the CREATE project and the Florida DOT ADaPTS projects. Contacts: Walter Boot, Neil Charness

Practicum and Internship Placements: Summer programs subject to availability. Opportunities in Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) labs at University of Miami and Georgia Tech.

Other Relevant Information and Comments:

Current funded research on aging includes:

  1. Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE) an NIA-funded Program Project Grant shared with University of Miami and Georgia Institute of Technology.

  2. Florida Department of Transportation projects on Safe Mobility for Life. These projects have access to state of the art eye-tracking equipment and the NADS.

Contacts:
Walter Boot
Psychology Department
Florida State University
1107 West Call Street
Tallahassee, Florida
Telephone: (850) 645-8734
Fax: (850) 644-7739
Email

Neil Charness
Psychology Department
Florida State University
1107 West Call Street
Tallahassee, Florida
Telephone: (850) 644-6686
Fax: (850) 644-7739
Email

Updated February 2014

Florida State University (College of Education, Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems)

Contact department for more information.

Updated February 2014

University of South Florida (Department of Behavioral and Community Sciences, School of Aging Studies)

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered:

Graduate courses for Graduate Students which are primarily psychological: Human Development, Psychological Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Cognitive Aging, Aging and Mental Disorders, Gerontological Counseling, Gerontological Mental Health Assessment, Gerontological Case Management, Women and Aging

Seminar: Alzheimer’s Disease Research
Seminar: Family Caregiving in Aging and Chronic Illness
Seminar: Aging and Memory
Seminar: Advanced Statistical Methods in Aging Research
Other topical seminars are offered on a rotating basis.

Graduate courses focused on mental health and aging for psychologists and other disciplines: Aging and Mental Disorders, Mental Health Assessment of Older Adults, Gerontological Counseling Theories and Practice, Gerontological Group and Family Counseling, Gerontological Case Management Field Placement in Mental Health.

Graduate courses from other disciplines or interdisciplinary courses: Sociological Aspects Of Aging, Economics and Aging, Population Aging, Perspectives on Death and Dying, Social Policy and Planning for Gerontologists, Housing for the Elderly, Gerontological Research and Planning, Seminar in Principles of Administration, Physical Change and Aging, Biomedical Aging, Ethical and Legal Issues in Aging, Directed Reading, Special Topics In Gerontology, Field Placement, Thesis: Master's, Directed Individual Study in Aging Studies, Directed Research in Aging Studies, Proseminar in Aging Studies, Dissertation and Doctoral Research.

Courses and Specialized Seminar in AD & A for Undergraduate Students: Psychology of Aging, Alzhemier's Disease Management, Life Cycle, Gerontological Counseling, Race, Aging, and Ethnicity, Death and Dying, Gerontological Case Management, and Elder Abuse

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 30 Full Time, 10 Part Time

Number of Faculty affiliated to APA Division 20: 7 APA Division 20 Members, 5 APA Division 20 Fellows

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: For students in the PhD in Aging Studies, students receive $18,000 fellowships or teaching assistantships, tuition waiver, and health insurance supplement. Other assistantships are available on grants and contracts with various faculty in the program. Contact: Cathy McEvoy, PhD

Availability of Undergraduate Research opportunities in AD & A: Undergraduate research experiences are available with many of the faculty in the School of Aging Studies. The College of Behavioral and Community Sciences offers an Undergraduate Certificate in Research that provides both research experience and stipends for up to 4 years of undergraduate education. Contact: Cathy McEvoy, PhD

Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A:  Two-year postdoctoral fellowships in psychosocial oncology funded by the National Cancer Institute support fellows interested in cancer. This program is led by Dr. Paul Jacobsen of the Moffitt Cancer Center.

Practicum and Internship Placements: Research, clinical, and administrative internships are available at a large number of sites throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Other Relevant Information and Comments: The University of South Florida has extensive resources available to students interested in research in Psychology of Aging and Human Development. Programs include the School of Aging Studies, Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End of Life Studies, Senior Adult Oncology Program and Psychosocial Oncology Program at Moffitt Cancer Center, Center for Aging and Brain Repair.

Contact:
Cathy McEvoy, PhD
School of Aging Studies
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave. MHC1348
Tampa, FL 33620
Telephone: (813) 974-1940
Fax: (813) 974-9754
Email
Website

Updated February 2014

Florida Institute of Technology (School of Psychology)

Psychology Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Clinical, Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Neuropsychology

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Number of Faculty in AD&A: 3 Full Time 2 Part Time

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: Opportunities exist through department funds and State of Florida grants from the Department of Elder Affairs and our state funded Memory Disorder Clinic.

Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: Dependent on individual PI funded research, specialization: Clinical Issues in Aging and Behavioral Medicine

Practicum and Internship Placements: Behavioral Medicine rounds, State Funded Memory Disorder Clinic

Other Relevant Information and Comments:

Contact:
Frank M. Webbe
Telephone: (407) 674-8104

Florida International University (Department of Psychology)

Psychology Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Experimental, Health, Mental Health

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered:

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 2 Full Time, 0 Part Time

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: Teaching Assistantships

Contact: Dr. Joan Erber

Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: None

Practicum and Internship Placements: None

Contact:
Dr. Joan Erber
Florida International University
University Park Campus
Miami, FL 33199
Telephone: (305) 348-2881
Email

Florida State University (Department of Social Work and the Department of Sociology)

The College of Social Work offers a Certificate of Aging Studies (Contact: Dr. Jean Munn)

The Department of Sociology offers a Master’s degree in Applied Social Research, Aging and Health (Email contact).

University of North Florida (Department of Psychology)

Psychology Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Developmental, Shared with Health Sciences and Sociology

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Psychology of Aging, Death and Dying

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 1 Full Time, 0 Part Time

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: None

Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: None

Practicum and Internship Placements: None

Other Relevant Information and Comments: Pre-doctoral practicum is in conjunction with Hospice availability

Contact: Not Available