Jacqui Smith

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Professor of Psychology and Research Professor, Institute for Social Research

Office Location(s): 2042 East Hall
Phone: 734.647.6788

  • About

    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.


    Representative Publications:

    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.


  • Education
    • Ph.D. Macquarie University
  • Area
    • Developmental
  • Alternate Office
    • 4103 ISR/MiSQ
  • Alternative Phone
    • 734-647-0591