Current Projects


Early Environmental Origins of Personality Traits

The purpose of this project is to identify prenatal and early life factors that contribute to the development of personality traits and to test personality traits as a mechanism between early-life environmental factors and cognitive outcomes across the lifespan. Funded by the National Institute on Aging under R01AG053297.

Couples Healthy Aging Project (CHAP)

The purpose of CHAP is to identify how the interpersonal aspects of trait conscientiousness promote healthier cognitive aging across middle adulthood. CHAP is currently recruiting participants! See here for more information. Funded by the National Institute on Aging under R56AG064952.

California Families Project (CFP)

This project aims to identify mechanisms of cognitive aging across middle adulthood in a sample of Mexican-origin adults. It builds on over 10 years of data collection on participants from the California Families Project. Funded by the National Institute on Aging under U01AG060164.

Personality and Dementia: Mechanisms and Trajectories

This project aims to better understand how individual differences in personality traits and other risk factors contribute to the risk of dementia. Another major aim is to better define the timing and trajectory of personality change with the transition to dementia. The analyses leverage long-term data from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. The project is funded by the National Institute on Aging R01AG068093.

Purpose in life and Cognition

This project examines the protective role of purpose in life on healthier cognition across spectrum of dementia, from associations with better cognitive function earlier in the lifespan to fewer behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia after the onset of dementia.

Weight Stigma

We examine how discrimination because of higher body weight is associated with physical, cognitive, and mental health outcomes.