My research deals with the heterogeneity of psychological functioning, well-being, and health in midlife and old age. I use experimental and survey methodologies to investigate age-cohort differences and age-related change in cognitive functioning, self-regulation, and well-being. My current research focuses on time use and experienced wellbeing after age 50, psychological vitality in the oldest-old, life course predictors of subjective well-being and health, self-perceptions of aging, and cognitive aging.
Fingerman, K. L., Berg, C. A., Smith, J., & Antonucci, T.C. (Eds.) (2011). Handbook of Life-Span Development. New York: Springer
Smith, J., Ryan, L. H., & Röcke, C. (2013). The day-to-day effects of conscientiousness on well-being. Research in Human Development, 10, 9-25.
Roberts, B. W., Smith, J., Jackson, J. J., & Edmonds, G. (2009). Compensatory conscientiousness in older couples. Psychological Science, 20, 553-559
Gerstorf, D., Ram, N., Lindenberger, U., & Smith, J. (2013, January 28). Age and time-to-death trajectories of change in indicators of cognitive, sensory, physical, health, social, and self-related functions. Developmental Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0031340
Kotter-Grühn, D., Kleinspehn-Ammerlahn, A., Gerstorf, D., & Smith, J. (2009). Self-perceptions of aging predict mortality and change with approaching death: 16-year longitudinal results from the Berlin Aging Study. Psychology and Aging, 24, 654-667.
Baltes, P. B., & Smith, J. (2008). The fascination of wisdom: Its nature, ontogeny, and function. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 3, 56-74
Baltes, P. B., & Smith, J. (2003). New frontiers in the future of aging: From successful aging of the young old to the dilemmas of the Fourth Age. Gerontology: Behavioural Science Section/Review, 49, 123-135.