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 (Department of Psychology)

State/country: Florida

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.

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: 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: 13 Full Time, 0 Part Time (many multi-discipline research/training collaborators)

Number of Faculty who are Division 20 members: 5

Number of Division 20 Fellows: 1

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: Title of opportunity: NIA-funded predoctoral training program (T32)

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: Students in the clinical program may work at medical clinics or at the VAMC. 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 Ph.D. 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.

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

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

Contacts:
Thomas H. Peake
Telephone: (407) 674-8104

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

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

Other Relevant Information and Comments: 
 
Contact: 
Thomas H. Peake, Ph.D., ABPP
Florida Institute of Technology
School of Psychology
150 W. University Blvd.
Melbourne, FL  32901
Telephone: (407) 674-8104
Email
Website

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 Psychology)

State/country: Florida/USA 

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Age and Human Performance, Human Factors and Aging and Cognition

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 2 Full Time (Charness, Boot) 1 Part Time (Kelley)

Number of Faculty who are Division 20 members: 2

Number of Division 20 Fellows: 1

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: Departmental Assistantships

Brief description: To qualified first-year students

Contact person name and email:

Research Assistantships Brief description: Subject to grant availability Contact person name and email

Teaching Assistantships Brief description: To teaching qualified graduate students. Contact person name and email

Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: Subject to grant availability.

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 Mini-Sim, a driving simulator.

Contact:
Prof. Neil Charness
Psychology Department
Florida State University
1107 West Call Street
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4301
Telephone: (850) 644-6686
Fax: (850) 644-7739
Email
Website

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:
Randall J. Russac, Ph.D.
Psychology
University of North Florida
4567 St. Johns Bluff Road, S.
Jacksonville, FL  32224
Telephone: (904) 620-2807
Email

University of South Florida  (School of Aging Studies) 

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: 

Graduate courses which are primarily psychological: Human Development and Aging, Psychological Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

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.

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 40 Full Time, 20 Part Time

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: For students in the Ph.D. in Aging Studies, first year students receive $18,000 Fellowships and free tuition and fees. In subsequent years students receive at least $18,000 plus tuition waivers via Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships. While funding is not guaranteed all students have been funded throughout the program if their performance merits support. Numerous Assistantships are available under the supervision of the following psychologists: Ross Andel, Tamara Baker, Lisa Brown, David Chiriboga, Donna Cohen, Jerri Edwards, Amber Gum,  William E. Haley, Paul Jacobsen, Yuri Jang, William Kearns, Michael Knox, Jessica McIlvane, Victor Molinari, Cynthia Myers, Lawrence Schonfeld, Brent J. Small and Paul Stiles. Additional assistantships are available through faculty from other disciplines

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

Practicum and Internship Placements: Extensive clinical and research placements are available through the sites noted below.

Other Relevant Information and Comments: The University of South Florida has extensive resources available to students interested in research in Psychology of Aging.  Programs include the School of Aging Studies; Department of Aging and Mental Health; Florida Policy Exchange Center on Aging; Florida Data Center on Aging; Florida Training Academy on Aging; Division of Geriatric Medicine; Center for Hospice, Palliative Care and End of Life Studies; Senior Adult Oncology Program, Aging and Cancer Center and Psychosocial Oncology Program at the Moffitt Cancer Center; Suncoast Gerontology Center; Memory Disorders Clinic; Center for Aging and Brain Repair; Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center; Johnnie B. Byrd Sr. Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute; VA Patient Safety Center and Division of Senior Programs. In addition to the Ph.D. in Aging Studies program, students may study Psychology of Aging via the MA in Gerontology or the Ph.D. programs in Psychology.

Contact: 
William E. Haley, Ph.D.
School of Aging Studies
University of South Florida
School of Aging Studies, MHC 1343, 4202 East Fowler Avenue.
Tampa, FL 33620
Telephone: (813) 974-9739
Fax: (813) 974-9754
Email
Website