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Frank Infurna

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Assistant Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1104
Asst Professor
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1104
Biography

Ph.D., in Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 2012

Visiting Research Fellow, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), 2011-2013

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Institute of Psychology, Humboldt University, Berlin, 2013

Research Interests

I am a developmental psychologist with a general interest in studying psychosocial and health development in adulthood and old age from a lifespan perspective. Drawing from seminal notions of lifespan development and emerging methodologies for longitudinal analysis, my research agenda is centered on two intertwined research objectives.

1. Psychosocial factors and job characteristics that promote healthy aging

My research examines the extent to which perceived control, defined as one's beliefs regarding their ability to attain desired outcomes, is associated with healthy aging. Outcomes of healthy aging that I focus on include cognition, disability, disease, and mortality. More recently, my colleagues and I have examined pathways that link perceived control to healthy aging, such as physical activity, biological health, and physical fitness. An additional focus has been on linking job characteristics (i.e., job control, job support, job complexity, job demand, and job strain) to outcomes of healthy aging. This research will allow for examining whether objective indicators of work overlap with subjective indicators and their distinct prediction for healthy aging in adulthood and old age.

2. How do health events and life transitions shape the course of one's developmental trajectory?

My second research focus revolves around the extent to which health events (e.g., disability and disease incidence) and life transitions (e.g., marital and job transitions) influence developmental trajectories of change. To address this research objective, my colleagues and I use longitudinal panel surveys (i.e., Health and Retirement Study, German Socio-Economic Panel Study) to track how well-being and cognition change in relation to health events and life transitions. Events that my colleagues and I are currently focusing on are onset of disease, disability, spousal loss, retirement, and unemployment. We also examine how specific factors, such as socio-demographics and health, social, and personal resources contribute to better overall outcomes prior to, during, and following these events (i.e., resilience).

 

Research Activity
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 447Psychology of Aging
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 498Pro-Seminar
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
CMN 592Research
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
CMN 592Research
PSY 598Special Topics
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 447Psychology of Aging
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Fall 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 498Pro-Seminar
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 447Psychology of Aging
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 447Psychology of Aging
Fall 2013
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 591Seminar