Psychology and Aging Career Profiles
There are a large variety of career possibilities in the field of psychology and aging for those interested in practice and research. Explore the links below for brief profiles of psychologists in action. Check out the Prolonging Vitality report to see other examples of how psychologists are helping older adults of today and tomorrow promote their vitality.
Psychology Research Careers
Jennifer Manly, PhD, studies how people’s cultural experiences affect their brains as they age.
- Applied Gerontologist
Cameron Camp, PhD, has taken the Montessori teaching method and retooled it to help people with Alzheimer’s disease regain some of the skills that have fallen prey to their illness.
- Developmental Psychologist
Joseph E. Gaugler, PhD, conducts family caregiving research on how best to manage the logistics and emotional reactions associated with placing a loved one in a long-term care facility.
- Organizational Psychologist
Eduardo Salas, PhD, studies and works to improve team dynamics in settings such as emergency rooms.
- Human Factors and Engineering Psychologist
David Strayer, PhD, studies how the brain processes information to better understand what causes driver distraction and improve driver safety.
- Health Psychologist
James Sallis, PhD, collaborates with urban planners to design walkable cities and communities to encourage physical activity.
- Researcher and policy advocate
Mark Brennan-Ing, PhD, conducts applied and translational research on psychosocial issues affecting older adults with HIV. He uses his research to advocate for public policies to support this population.
- Quantitative Psychologist
Michael C. Edwards, PhD, studies the methods and techniques for the measurement of human behavior.
Psychology Practice Careers
- Work in an Assisted Living Facility
Merla Arnold, PhD, a counseling psychologist, works with older adults where they reside.
- Work as a Member of a Geriatric Health care Team
Richard Zweig, PhD, ABPP, a clinical geropsychologist, contributes to whole-person care in geriatric settings as a trainer and team member.
- Work in Hospice
Kristen Dillon, PsyD, a clinical psychologist, serves on an integrated-care team that provides veterans in hospice with a respectful, holistic and peaceful end of life.
- Work in Rehabilitation
Angela Kuemmel, PhD, a rehabilitation psychologist, works with patients in a Veterans Affairs spinal cord injury center.
- Work in a Hospital Critical Care Unit
Nancy Ciccolella, PsyD, helps critical care patients emerge from the extreme confusion known as intensive care unit delirium.
- Work With Family Caregivers in Community, Palliative Care and Long Term Care Settings
Paula Hartman-Stein, PhD, Julia Kasl-Godley, PhD, and Yvette Tazeau, PhD provide a wide range of diagnostic, therapeutic and consultative services.
- Work as a Clinician-educator Specializing in Family Caregiving
Barry J. Jacobs, PsyD, provides education about family caregiving to professional and public groups.
- Work as a Policy Advocate
David Coon, PhD, utilizes his expertise in psychosocial interventions for family caregivers to influence health and social services program development for family caregivers at the local, state and national levels.
About the Exploring a Career in Aging Roadmap
This educational roadmap helps students to explore careers in aging, every step of the way from undergraduate through to graduate education. Get tips on finding practice, research and interdisciplinary careers.