Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Concentration: "Health, Illness, and Well-Being Across the Lifespan"
Life-span development is influenced by and influences health, illness and psychological well-being. Our faculty’s research addresses the dynamic interplay between biology, behavior, and context as it relates to health and risk compromising behaviors and relationships between caregivers and those cared for.

Celia Fisher’s federally-funded research includes prevention programs to reduce college drinking and on understanding and enhancing the treatment and research consent capacities of pediatric cancer patients and their parents and of adults with developmental disabilities. She is also involved in standards for research on children’s environmental health and inter-disciplinary research on factors influencing the nutritional health and food choices of African American HIV-positive marginally housed and homeless female substance abusers. (Her research on race, ethnicity and culture is described below)

Daniela Jopp is currently involved in research funded by the Brookdale Foundation, the NIDRR, and NIDA, investigating the role of psychological mechanisms of adaptation in very old individuals and centenarians; memory functioning of young, middle-aged and older individuals; indicators and predictors of successful development and aging; adaptation to aging in individuals with disabilities at the workplace; and an intervention with HIV-positive elderly drug users.

Kathleen Schiaffino’s research has focused on cognitive appraisals of chronic illness in children and adults, changes in identity as a result of chronic illness, and self-help interventions with health.

Karen Siedlecki’s research focuses on age-related differences in cognition (with a specific focus on memory), as well as differences in normal and pathological aging.   She also investigates determinants of subjective well-being across the adult lifespan, and the apparent “paradox of well-being” with regard to age and life satisfaction.

Affiliated faculty member Monica Rivera-Mindt’s (Clinical Graduate Program) federally-funded research projects focus on a variety of neurological disorders, particularly neurodegenerative disorders such as HIV/AIDS.

Affiliated faculty member David Glenwick (Clinical Graduate Program) conducts research on the relationship of stress to psychosocial outcomes in a variety of child and parent populations (e.g., families with a child with autism spectrum disorder), as well as moderators (i.e., protective factors) affecting these  relationships, such as attachment, coping style, social support, and parenting self-competence. 

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