longevity painting Ten Longevity Symbols, 18th century, Korea.
Photo Credit: www.philamuseum.org


The goal of the Lifespan Lab is to promote good health and well-being throughout adulthood. We hope to learn why some people age better than others. We also want to learn what modifiable factors can help to ease the declines that accompany aging. We include young, middle-aged and older adults in our studies so that we can identify what we can do to prevent or slow the problems of aging, as early as possible in adulthood.

Our research examines multiple aspects of health, including psychological well-being, physical health and cognitive functioning. We use a number of methods including large-scale surveys, laboratory-based experimental studies, and cross-sectional and longitudinal designs. We adopt a multifaceted approach to measurement that includes self-reports, physiological and hormonal assessments, and tests of cognitive and functional health.

Margie E. Lachman Awarded with 2021 Distinguished Mentorship in Gerontology Award from The Gerontological Society of America

Recipient: Margie E. Lachman, PhD, FGSA, of Brandeis University
This award is given to an individual who has fostered excellence in, and had a major impact on, the field by virtue of their mentoring, and whose inspiration is sought by students and colleagues.


Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Lifespan Developmental Psychology Lab at Brandeis University.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to work on longitudinal and intervention projects in the areas of cognition, assessment of cognitive status, personality, health, behavior change, and physical activity in adulthood and later life. The position involves engagement with multiple studies in an active lab. Opportunities include collaboration on new data collection and secondary data analysis of longitudinal data for the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study [www.midus.wisc.edu/] and design and analysis of experimental intervention research through the Boston Roybal Center for Active Lifestyle Interventions (RALI) [http://www.brandeis.edu/roybal/]. Primary responsibilities will include management of  new projects, data analysis; preparation of manuscripts; presentations at conferences, and participation in interdisciplinary research groups. Qualifications include a Ph.D. in the social, behavioral or health sciences; relevant research experience; strong statistical and writing skills; good communication skills; and the ability to work effectively with others. Applicants should have a background in two or more of the following areas: cognitive aging, assessment of cognitive status, personality, lifespan development and aging, health psychology, intervention research, behavior change, or exercise science, and have expertise in experimental and developmental research methods. Proficiency in longitudinal data analysis is required and experience with large data sets, multilevel modeling, latent growth models, and structural equation modeling is highly desirable. The position provides salary and benefits consistent with those for NIH postdoctoral fellows, and the appointment is for one year with the opportunity to renew for one or two more years. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Margie Lachman via email (lachman@brandeis.edu). To be considered for the position, candidates should submit their application materials to: postdocpsych@brandeis.edu.  Please include: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, statistical experience and career goals, and relevant publications. Please ask three referees to submit confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The position can begin as soon as January 1, 2023, with some flexibility in the start date.

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