Michigan:
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.

Central Michigan University (Department of Psychology)

Psychology Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Developmental, Experimental, Applied experimental

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Lifespan Development, Late life family

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 3 Full Time, 0 Part Time

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: Graduate Assistants from University 
  
Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: None 

Practicum and Internship Placements: Our newly developed applied experimental Doctoral program will require internship placements.  These will be developed with the help of the faculty.

Other Relevant Information and Comments: We have a life-span development research center, which includes faculty from other departments.

Contact:
Renee Babcock Ph.D.
Central Michigan University
Dept of Psychology’
Mt. Pleasant, MI  48859
Telephone: (517) 774-6469
Email 
Website

University of Michigan (Department of Psychology)

State/country: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered:

The programs offered at the University of Michigan take a lifespan and contextual perspective on aging. Graduate students interested in adulthood and aging are primarily affiliated with one of two programs:

  1. Developmental Program 

  2. Cognition and Perception Program

The primary area of affiliation depends on substantive research focus. Courses may be taken across both program areas. There are many opportunities for collaborative research internships and joint mentorship across areas.

Core courses include:

  • Developmental Prosem (a) – Theories about Development and Change

  • Developmental Prosem (b) – Lifespan Cognition

  • Psychology of Aging

  • Cognitive Neuroscience of Aging

  • Lifespan Contexts of Social Development

  • Developmental Methodology

Number of Faculty in Adulthood & Aging: 10 Full Time – multiple affiliates in other departments

Availability of Assistantships in Adulthood & Aging: All admitted students are guaranteed a five year funding package.  These involve a combination of teaching and research assistantships which are an integral part of the psychology graduate training program and are mentored by the faculty. Four in specific topic areas include:

  • Social Relationships and Health: Opportunity to work with one or more faculty in the Developmental Program who study the developmental trajectories of social relations and health, including an awareness of the bidirectionality of these influences. Students are offered the opportunity to examine age, race, ethnic and cultural differences in social relations with newly developing interests in the examination of the role of biomarkers in social relations. Specialized methodologies include survey research using representative samples, secondary analysis of large data sets, as well as smaller observational and experimentally based studies.

    Contact: Toni Antonucci, Professor of Psychology

  • Psychosocial Aging: Opportunity to work with one or more faculty in the Developmental Program who study age- and death-related change in psychosocial functioning (cognition, personality, self)  and well-being. This research group analyses multidisciplinary longitudinal representative data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) and conducts experimental studies to examine specific psychosocial processes in detail.

    Contact: Jacqui Smith, Professor of Psychology

  • Cognitive Aging: Opportunity to work with one or more faculty in the area of Cognition and Perception who study basic mechanisms of cognitive, motoric and affective change with age.  Specialized methodologies include brain imaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation, in addition to cognitive training interventions to promote successful aging.

    Contact: Patricia Reuter-Lorenz, Professor of Psychology

  • Cognition and Aging Lab: Opportunity to work with one or more faculty in the area of Cognition and Perception who study basic mechanisms of attention, memory, executive function and how these change with age.  Specialized methodologies include brain imaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation, in addition to cognitive training interventions.

    Contact: Cindy Lustig, Assistant Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience

  • Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in Adulthood & Aging: As well as working on the individual funded-projects of the faculty, there are also opportunities for postdoctoral research associated the various Research Programs located in the Institute for Social Research especially in the Center for Survey Research (SRC) and Research Center for Group Dynamics, the School of Public Health, School of Social Work.

    Contacts: Toni Antonucci and Jacqui Smith

Practicum and Internship Placements: Opportunities for Summer Research Internships are available in a number of programs located in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Social Research (ISR).

Other Relevant Information and Comments: The University of Michigan is widely considered the leading center for social and behavioral science research in the world and its top-ranked departments and research centers provide an unusually rich interdisciplinary intellectual environment for psychologists interested in adulthood and aging. We encourage students to take full advantage of these opportunities by joining an interdisciplinary training program to complement the one in their substantive area. These interdisicplinary programs include:

  1. LIFE – a U.S./Germany Program on Lifespan Development that involves the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin. Free University Berlin. Humboldt University, University of Zurich and the University of Virginia.

  2. The Development, Psychopathology and Mental Health Program (DPMH) is an interdisciplinary research training program for that provides subspecialty training for Clinical, Developmental and other graduate students in their 2nd to 5th years of training.  The program incorporates the strengths of the Clinical and Developmental Psychology programs for training graduate students in the study of life-span aspects of mental health as well as other resources at the University for research facilitation.  Clinical, Developmental and other graduate students are provided subspecialty training and are awarded a Certificate from the University of Michigan.  This program focuses on areas of Theory, Research and Applied Experience in DPMH.

  3. Culture & Cognition Program

  4. Research on Minority Aging Program, in collaboration with Wayne State University

  5. University of Michigan Department of Psychology

Contact Persons:

Toni C. Antonucci
Psychology, Developmental Area
University of Michigan
530 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Telephone: (734) 763-5846
Fax: (734) 647-0861
Email

Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz   
Psychology, Cognition and Perception
University of Michigan
530 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Telephone: (734) 764-6577
Fax: (7340 763-6480
Email

Jacqui Smith
Psychology, Developmental Area
University of Michigan
530 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Telephone: (734) 647-0591
Fax: (734) 647-3920
Email 

Wayne State University (Institute of Gerontology)

Psychology Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Life Span Development Program, Graduate Research Traineeships

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered:

  • Cognitive  Neuroscience

  • Neuroanatomy

  • Psychosocial approaches in Clinical Gerontology

  • Adult Development and Aging

  • Neuropsychology

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 6 Full Time, 0 Part Time

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: 

NIA Training Program in Aging and Urban Health: Interdisciplinary training program in which trainees from different disciplines acquire intensive interdisciplinary research training. Emphasis on professional development, publications, presentations and preparation for a research career.

Contact: Peter A. Lichtenberg, Ph.D., ABPP 
 
Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: 

AHRQ Training Program in Aging and Urban Health: 2-year research postdoctoral fellowship. Assist post-doc in developing credentials required to be competitive in an academic job search. Specific focus of research dependent on the mutual interests of the applicant and the primary mentor

Contact: Peter A. Lichtenberg, Ph.D., ABPP

Practicum and Internship Placements: Peter Lichtenberg has placed students in a variety of medical center based practica in the Detroit Medical Center University hospital system.  Students work in a variety of rehabilitation and adult health settings.

Other Relevant Information and Comments: Wayne State offers a unique opportunity to study the psychology of adult development and aging in a true life-span development psychology program, while at the same time having the opportunity to take a broad, multidisciplinary array of gerontological courses from the many departments across campus.  The topical emphases in psychological aging range from social to cognitive to clinical, offering students an unparalleled opportunity to construct programs that fit their interests.

Contact:
Peter A. Lichtenberg
Wayne State University
Institute of Gerontology,
87 E. Ferry  
Detroit, MI  48202
Telephone: (313) 577-2297
Fax: (313) 875-0127
Email   
Website

Wayne State University (Department of Psychology)

Psychology Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Clinical, Developmental 
 
Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Introduction to Life Span Developmental Psychology, Psychological Development in the Adult Years, Developmental Psychology of Later Life

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 4 Full Time, 0 Part Time

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: Opportunities exist dependent on individual PI funded research.

Contact: Gisela Labouvie-Vief 
 
Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: Opportunities exist dependent on individual PI funded research.

Contact: Gisela Labouvie-Vief 

Practicum and Internship Placements: Institute of Gerontology

Other Relevant Information and Comments: 
 
Contact:
Gisela Labouvie-Vief
Wayne State University
Dept of Psychology
71 W. Warren Ave
Detroit, MI  48202
Telephone: (313) 577-2800
Email
Website