I completed my graduate training at The Pennsylvania State University, working with K. Warner Schaie on the Seattle Longitudinal Study. I also did post-doctoral studies in the Psychology Department at University of Victoria, working on the Victoria Longitudinal Study. During this time I developed collaborations with the Betula Project of Memory, Health and Aging in Ume, Sweden and the Kungsholmen Project in Stockholm, Sweden.
Research Interests: Life-span developmental psychology, adulthood and aging, personality, and the application of advanced methods (e.g., structural, latent mean, latent transition and growth curve modeling, and measurement equivalence) to study developmental processes. I am particularly interested in examining patterns of intraindividual change and interindividual differences regardless of the substantive topic.
Substantive interests: health and illness; cognition, intellectual abilities and memory; personality and well-being; and trajectories and changes in gambling behavior across the lifespan.
Recent projects: modeling temperament and character in Swedish adults; stability and change in personality over the lifespan; perceptions and beliefs of older volunteers in Ontario and studies of psychological and physical benefits of volunteering in older adults; stability and transitions in problem gambling behaviours across the lifespan; gambling and comorbid behaviours in youth and emerging adulthood. In addition, the emerging adulthood project also examined familial transmission of gambling values, beliefs and behaviors to help explain problem gambling behaviours. Most recently, I have been working with Alex Blaszczynski (University of Sydney), Bob Ladouceur (Laval University), and Anna Dawczyk studying efficacy of the self-exclusion process in problem gamblers.