Healthy Aging and Life Events Lab (Infurna)

Our research focuses on two intertwined objectives examining (1) resilience to major life stressors; and (2) psychosocial factors and job characteristics that promote healthy aging.

The Lab centers on two major areas of research. (1) Resilience to major life stressors. Resilience is concerned with individual variations in response to major life stressors, with some individuals showing stable, healthy adaptation following the stressor whereas others show substantial declines in well-being. The question is, what distinguishes those who are able to bounce back: what sort of resources are they relying on? (2) Psychosocial factors and job characteristics that promote healthy aging. Outcomes of healthy aging that we examine include cognition, disability, disease, and mortality. To address each research objective, we use longitudinal panel surveys.

A current research project in the lab is examining the effectiveness of a social intelligence training program on improving social relationship quality and mental and physical health in midlife. The social intelligence training program is an interactive intervention that is delivered online to participants. The main purpose of this study is to examine the helpfulness of educational materials provided through a set of brief, daily audio-visual programs that are designed to further social understanding. The study aims to help us understand how social learning programs may benefit adults seeking to improve the quality of their living, a helpful new way to promote peoples’ health, well-being and social relatedness.

Positions are available in the lab that range from contacting/meeting participants to handling data and preparing descriptive statistics and plots to conducting literature reviews and preparing questionnaires and collecting data. Our research covers the areas of Intervention; Developmental Psychology; Adult Development and Aging; and Clinical Psychology.

Opportunity Info
Course Info
Course Credit: 
PSY 399 & PSY 499

Majoring or minoring in Psychology. Interest in clinical or developmental psychology. Interest in pursuing a graduate education or career in psychology or psychology-related field. Knowledge of, or interest in, becoming familiar with statistical programs, such as SPSS and/or SAS.

Lab Director(s): 
Frank J. Infurna, PhD