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.

George Fox University (Department of Psychology)

Psychology Specializations Integrated with AD&A: Clinical

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Geropsychology, Adolescence, Adulthood, and Aging

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 0 Full Time, 1 Part Time 
Practicum and Internship Placements: Various Health Care Centers and Hospitals across the country 
Kathleen Gathercoal 
Department of Psychology
George Fox University
Newberg, OR 97132
Telephone: (503) 554-2754

Oregon State University (Department of Human Development and Family Sciences)

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Adult Development and Aging, Social Gerontology, Theories of Human Development, The Life Course, Longitudinal data analysis, Qualitative research methods, Social Policy and Human Development, Social Program and Policy Evaluation, Structural equation modeling, Social and Behavioral Aspects of Aging and Health, Advanced Topics in Adult Development and Aging, including: Health & Aging, Stress & Coping Across the Lifespan

Number of Faculty in AD&A: 5 Full Time 

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: Interdisciplinary training program in Aging Sciences funded through the National National Science Foundation IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) Program. Graduate Teaching Assistantships (various faculty), Graduate Research Assistantships (as projects are funded), Graduate Fellowships and Awards, Assistant to Gerontology Program

Availability of Postdoctoral Opportunities in AD&A: As projects are funded

Practicum and Internship Placements: State Department of Senior and Disabled Services, Local AAA programs, Senior centers, Assisted living facilities and other congregate sites, Extension Family and Community Health

Other Relevant Information and Comments: The Human Development and Family Sciences graduate program at Oregon State University focuses on the optimal development of individuals and families across the lifespan and in multiple contexts. This focus contributes to the success of our graduates in university teaching, research careers, and leadership positions in private and public sectors. Research is interdisciplinary with signature themes in (a) transitions across the life course, (b) risk & resilience across the life span, & (c) developmental & family research methods.

Dr. Megan McClelland, Graduate Program Director
Human Development & Family Sciences
Oregon State University
Milam Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-5102
Telephone: (541) 737-9225
Fax: (541) 737-1076

Portland State University (Department of Psychology)

Courses and Specialized Seminars Offered: Human Development, Work and Family, Adult Development and Aging, Adult Socialization
Life-Span Development

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

Availability of Assistantships in AD&A: Research and Teaching Assistantships available through department

Other Relevant Information and Comments: AD&D can be a specialization for graduate students within our main areas (masters and doctoral level): Applied Developmental Psy, Applied Social Psy, Community Psy, I/O psy.

Because there is no main focus on AD&D (and only a limited number of class offerings in the department), our program may only be suitable for students who are able to design their own pathway of study in a creative way in collaboration with other departments and institutions in Portland: Institute on Aging at PSU (Gerontology, PSU School of Public Health, PSU Department of Sociology, or with Oregon Health Sciences University. In the past, most AD&D graduate students had their primary “home” at the Institute on Aging or at OHSU.

Thomas A. Kindermann, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751
Telephone: (503) 725-3970
Fax: (503) 725-3904