Lemberg Hall, 107
The Heller School for Social Policy and Management
DegreesPennsylvania State University, Ph.D.
Pennsylvania State University, M.S.
Boston University, B.A.
ExpertiseLife-span development; midlife; aging; sense of control; adult personality; memory; health-promoting behaviors; intervention research to improve cognitive and physical functioning and health.
ProfileProfessor Lachman's research is in the area of lifespan development with a focus on midlife and later life. Her current work is aimed at identifying psychosocial (e.g., sense of control, social support) and behavioral (e.g., physical exercise) factors that can protect against, minimize, or compensate for declines in cognition (e.g., memory) and health. She is conducting studies to examine long-term predictors of psychological and physical health, laboratory-based experiments to identify psychological and physiological processes involved in aging-related changes, and intervention studies to enhance performance and promote adaptive functioning. Webpage
|PSYC||37a||The Psychology of Adult Development and Aging|
|PSYC||130b||Life Span Development: Early and Middle Adulthood|
|PSYC||302a||Proseminar in Brain, Body, and Behavior II|
Awards and Honors
Distinguished Career Contribution to Gerontology Award, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Gerontological Society of America (2015)
Bronfman Philanthropies Brandeis-Israel Collaborative Research Grant (2014 - 2015)
Residential Fellowship (2009-2010), Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University (2009 - 2010)
American Psychological Association, Division 20-Adult Development and Aging, Distringuished Research Achievement Award (2003)
Editor, Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences (2000 - 2003)
Archstone Foundation Award for Excellence in Program Innovation, American Public Health Association (1998)
Fellow, American Psychological Association, Division on Adult Development and Aging (1994)
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America (1992)
Member, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Midlife Development (1989 - 2000)
Crowley, O. V., Kimhy, D., McKinley, P. S., Burg, M. M., Schwartz, J. E., Lachman, M. E., . . . Sloan, R. P.. "Vagal recovery from cognitive challenge moderates age-related deficits in executive functioning.." Research on Aging. (2016). (forthcoming)
Grzywacz, J. G. Segel-Karpas, D., & Lachman, M. E.. "Workplace exposures and cognitive function during adulthood: Evidence from the National Survey of Midlife Development and the O*NET." Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. (2016). (forthcoming)
Robinson, Stephanie & Lachman, Margie. "Perceived control and behavior change: A personalized approach.." Perceived Control: Theory, Research, and Practice in the First 50 Years.. Ed. In F. Infurna & J. Reich (Eds.),. New York: Oxford University Press, 2016 (forthcoming)
Song, J., Mailick, M.R., Greenberg, J.S., Ryff, C.D., & Lachman, Margie E.. "Cognitive aging in parents of children with disabilities." Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences (2015). (forthcoming)
Galambos, N. L., Fang, S., Krahn, H. J., Johnson, M. D., & Lachman, M. E.. "Up, not down: The age curve in happiness from early adulthood to midlife in two longitudinal studies.." Developmental Psychology, 51. (2015): 1664-1671.
Hahn, Elizabeth., & Lachman, Margie. E.. "Everyday experiences of memory problems and control: The adaptive role of selective optimization with compensation in the context of memory decline." Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition 22. (2015): 25-41.
Hostinar, C. E., Lachman, M. E., Mroczek, D. K., Seeman, T. E., & Miller, G. E.. "Additive contributions of childhood adversity and recent stressors to inflammation at midlife: Findings from the MIDUS study.." Developmental Psychology 51. (2015): 1630-1644.
Lachman, Margie, Agrigoroaei, S., & Hahn, E. A.. "Making sense of control: Change and consequences.." Emerging trends in the social and behavioral sciences. An interdisciplinary, searchable, and linkable resource.. Ed. In R. Scott & S. Kosslyn (Eds.). Hoboken, NJ:: John Wiley and Sons., 2015
Lachman, Margie. "Mind the gap in the middle: A call to study midlife.." Research in Human Development 12. (2015): 327-334.
Lachman, Margie. E., Teshale, Salom., & Agrigoroaei, Stefan.. "Midlife as a pivotal period in the life course: Balancing growth and decline at the crossroads of youth and old age." International Journal of Behavioral Development. 39. (2015): 20-31.
Rickenbach, E. H., Agrigoroaei, S., & Lachman, Margie E.. "Awareness of Memory Ability and Change: In(Accuracy) of Memory Self-Assessments in Relation to Performance." Journal of Population Ageing 8. (2015): 71-99.
Vargas-Lascano, D., Galambos, N., Krahn, H., & .Lachman, Margie E.. "Growth in perceived control across 25 years from the late teens to midlife: The role of personal and parents' education." Developmental Psychology 51. (2015): 124-135.
Graham, E., & Lachman, Margie E. "Personality traits, facets and cognitive performance: Age differences in their relations." Personality and Individual Differences 59. (2014): 89-95.
Karlamangla, Arun.S., Miller-Martinez, Dana., Lachman, Margie. E., Tun, Patricia.A., Koretz, A., & Seeman, Teresa. M.. "Biological correlates of adult cognition: Midlife in the United States Study (MIDUS)." Neurobiology of Aging 35. (2014): 387-394.
Lachman, Margie. E., Agrigoroaei, Stefan., Tun, Patricia. A., & Weaver, Suzanne. L.. "Monitoring Cognitive Functioning: Psychometric Properties of The Brief Test of Adult Cognition by Telephone.." Assessment 21. (2014): 404-417.
Rickenbach, E. H., Almeida, D. M., Seeman, T. E., & Lachman, Margie, E.. "Daily stress magnifies the association between cognitive decline and everyday memory problems: An integration of longitudinal and diary methods." Psychology and Aging 29. (2014): 852-862.
Turiano, Nicholas. A., Chapman, Benjamin. P., Agrigoroaei, Stefan, Infurna, Frank. J., & Lachman, Margie. E. . "Perceived control reduces mortality risk at low, not high education levels." Health Psychology 8. (2014): 883-890.
Zebrowitz, Leslie., Franklin, Robert.,Jr., Boshyan, Jasmine., Luevano, Victor., Agrigoroaei, Stefan., Milosavljevic, B., Lachman. Margie. E.. "Older and younger adults accuracy in discerning competence and health in older and younger faces." Psychology and Aging 29. (2014): 454-468.
Agrigoroaei, Stefan., Neupert, Shevaun.D. & Lachman, Margie.E. "Maintaining a Sense of Control in the Context of Cognitive Challenge: Greater Stability in Control Beliefs Benefits Working Memory." GeroPsych:The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry 26. (2013): 49-59.
Agrigoroaei, Stefan., Polito, Michael., Lee, Angela., Kranz-Graham, Eileen., Seeman, Teresa., & Lachman, Margie.E. "Cortisol Response to Challenge Involving Low Controllability: The Role of Control Beliefs and Age." Biological Psychology 93. (2013): 138-142, doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2013.01.003.
Bertrand, R. Graham, E. K., & Lachman, M. E. "Personality development in adulthood and old age.." Handbook of Psychology: 2nd Edition. Developmental Psychology. vol. 6 Ed. In R. M. Lerner, M.A. Easterbrooks, & J. Mistry (Eds.),. NY: Wiiley, 2013. 475-494.
Human Lauren.J., Biesanz J.C., Miller Gregory.E., Chen Edith., Lachman Margie.E., Seeman Teresa. E. "Is change bad? Personality change is associated with poorer psychological health and greater metabolic syndrome in midlife.." Journal of Personality 81. (2013): 249-60.
Kimhy, D. Crowley, O., V., McKinley, P. S., Burg, M. M., Lachman, M. E., Tun, P. A, Ryff, C. D., Seeman, T.E., & Sloan, R. P. "The association of cardiac vagal control and executive functioning - Findings from the MIDUS Study." Journal of Psychiatric Research 47. (2013): 628-635.
Tun Patricia.A., Miller-Martinez Dana., Lachman Margie.E., Seeman Teresa . "Social strain and executive function across the lifespan: The dark (and light) sides of social engagement.." Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition 20. (2013): 320-338.
Chen, E., Miller, G. E., Lachman, M. E., Gruenewald, T. L., & Seeman, T. E. "Shift-and- persist strategies linked to allostatic load in adults from low childhood socioeconomic circumstances." Psychosomatic Medicine 74. (2012): 178-186.
Graham, E. K., & Lachman, M. E. "Personality stability is associated with better cognitive performance in adulthood. Are the stable are more able?." Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences 67. (2012): 545-554.
Graham, Eileen Kranz & Lachman, Margie. "Personality and aging: Cognitive perspectives and processes." Handbook of developmental psychology: Adult development and aging. 1st ed. Ed. S. Whitbourne & M. Sliwinski (Eds.). New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012. 254-272.
Kremen, W. S., Lachman, M. E., Pruessner, J. C., Sliwinski, M., & Wilson, R. "Mechanisms of age-related cognitive change and targets for intervention: Social interactions and stress." Journal of Gerontology: Biological and Medical Sciences 67. (2012): 760-765.
Lachman, M. E., & Agrigoroaei, S. "Low perceived control as a risk factor for episodic memory: The mediational role of anxiety and task interference.." Memory and Cognition. 40. (2012): 287-296.
Zimprich, D., Allemand, M., & Lachman, M. E. "Age-related psychometrics of the MIDUS personality adjective items across midlife." Psychological Assessment 24. (2012): 173-186.
Agrigoroaei, Stefan., & Lachman, Margie. E.. "Cognitive functioning in midlife and old age: Combined effects of psychosocial and behavioral factors." Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences 66B. S1 (2011): i130-i140..
Gerstorf, Denis., Röcke, Christina, & Lachman, Margie. E.. "Antecedent-consequent relations of perceived control to health and social support: Longitudinal evidence for between-domain associations across adulthood." Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences 66. (2011): 61-71.
Lachman, Margie, Neupert, Shevaun, & Agrigoroaei, Stefan.. "The relevance of control beliefs for health and aging." Handbook of the Psychology of Aging. 7th ed. Ed. K. W. Schaie & S. L. Willis. New York: Elsevier, 2011. 175-190.
Miller, G. E., Lachman, M. E., Chen, E., Gruenewald, T. L., Karlamanga, A.R., & Seeman, T. E. "Pathways to resilience: Maternal nurturance as a buffer against childhood poverty’s effects on metabolic syndrome at midlife." Psychological Science 22. (2011): 1591–1599.
Seeman, Teresa., Miller-Martinez, Dana., Stein-Merkin, Sharon., Lachman, Margie., Tun, Patricia., & Karlamangla, Arun.. "Histories of social engagement and adult cognition : The Midlife in the US Study (MIDUS)." Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences 66B. S1 (2011): i141-i152.
Stawski, Robert. S., Almeida, David.M., Lachman, Margie. E., Tun, Patricia., & Rosnick, Christopher., Seeman, Teresa.. "Associations between cognitive functioning and naturally occuring daily cortisol during middle adulthood: Timing is everything.." Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. 66B. S1 (2011): i71-i81.
Agrigoroaei, Stefan, & Lachman, Margie. "Personal control and aging: How beliefs and expectations matter." Aging in America: Psychological, Physical, and Social Issues.. vol. 1 -Psychological Aspects Ed. In Cavanaugh, J. C., & Cavanaugh, C. K. (Eds.). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2010. 177-201.
Cotter, Kelly & Lachman, Margie. "Psychosocial and behavioral contributors to health: Age-related increases in physical disability are reduced by physical fitness." Psychology and Health 25. (2010): 805-820.
Cotter, Kelly. A., Lachman, Margie. "No strain, no gain: Psychosocial predictors of physical activity across the adult lifespan." Journal of Physical Activity and Health 7. (2010): 584-594.
Lachman, Margie and Kranz, Eileen, Eds. I. Weiner, E. Craighead. "The Midlife Crisis." The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology 4th edition Volume 3, pp. 993-994. 2010.
Lachman, Margie, & Agrigoroaei, S.. "Optimizing health: A lifespan approach." Boomers and Beyond: Reconsidering the Role of Libraries.. Ed. P. Rothstein, & D. Schull. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. 15-22.
Lachman, Margie, & Agrigoroaei, Stefan.. "Promoting functional health in midlife and old age: Long-term protective effects of control beliefs, social support, and physical exercise." PLoSONE. 5(10): e13297. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013297. (2010).
Lachman, Margie, E., Agrigoroaei, Stefan., Murphy, Chandra., & Tun, Patricia. A.. "Frequent cognitive activity compensates for education differences in episodic memory." American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 18. (2010): 4-10.
Lachman, Margie. "Life begins at 40, 50, 60, and 70. Are we happy yet?." The World Book of Happiness. Ed. L. Bormans. Singapore and Belgium: Page One and Lanoo, 2010. 148-150.
Pearman, Ann, & Lachman, Margie. "Heart rate recovery predicts memory performance in older adults." Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback 35. (2010): 107-114.
Stawski, R.S., Almeida, D. M., Lachman, M.E., Rosnick, D.B., & Tun, P.A. "Cognitive resources and exposure and emotional reactivity to daily stressors: Findings from the MIDUS study." Psychology and Aging 25. (2010): 330-342.
Tun, Patricia A., Lachman, Margie E.. "The association between computer use and cognition across adulthood: Use it so you won’t lose it." Psychology and Aging 25. (2010): 560-568.
Almeida, D., Lachman, M. E., Marks, N. F., Mroczek, D., & Ryff, C. D.. "Orville Gilbert Brim: Icon of generativity." Research on Human Development 6. (2009): 252-266.
Lachman, Margie , Rosnick, C. & Rocke, C.. "The rise and fall of control beliefs in adulthood: Cognitive and biopsychosocial antecedents of stability and change over nine years.." Cognition in aging: Methodologies and applications. Ed. H. Bosworth & C. Hertzog. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 2009. 143-160.
Neupert, S., Whihtbourne, S., & Lachman, Margie. "Exercise efficacy and control beliefs predict exercise behavior during and after an exercise intervention." Journal of Aging and Physical Activity 16,. (2009): 1-16.
Lachman, Margie , Rocke, C., Rosnick, C, & Ryff, C.D.. "Realism and illusion in Americans' temporal views of their life satisfaction: Age differences in reconstructing the past and anticipating the future." Psychological Science 9,. (2008): 889-897..
Lachman, Margie and Tun, Patricia. "Cognitive testing in large scale surveys: Assessment by telephone.." Handbook on Cognitive Aging: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Ed. S. Hofer & D. Alwin. Thousand Oaks: Sage, 2008. 506-522.
Rocke, Christina, & Lachman, Margie. E.. "Perceived trajectories of life satisfaction across past, present, and future: Profiles and correlates of subjective change in young, middle-aged and older adults.." Psychology and Aging, 23,. (2008): 833-847.
Tun, Patricia & Lachman, Margie. "Age differences in reaction time and attention in a national telephone sample of adults: Education, sex , and task complexity matter.." Developmental Psychology, 44,. (2008): 1421-1429.
Whitbourne, S., Neupert, S., & Lachman, Margie. "Daily physical activity: Relation to everyday memory in adulthood." Journal of Applied Gerontology 27. (2008): 331-349.