L. Carstensen, Ph.D., is a member of the Psychology Department at Stanford
University, where she is also Founding Director of the Stanford Center on
Longevity and the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy. For more
than twenty years her research has been supported by the National Institute on
Aging, and in 2005 she was honored with a MERIT award. Carstensen is best known
for socioemotional selectivity theory, a life-span theory of motivation. With
her students and colleagues, she has published well over 100 articles on
life-span development. Her most current empirical research focuses on ways in
which motivational changes influence cognitive processing.
Carstensen is a fellow in a number of professional organizations including the
Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association
and the Gerontological Society of America. She serves on the Board of Science
Advisors to the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, Germany and
has chaired two studies for the National Academy of Sciences, resulting in The
Aging Mind and When I’m 64. She is a member of the MacArthur
Foundation’s Research Network on an Aging Society.
recipient of numerous professional awards and honors, she has been selected as
a Guggenheim Fellow, received the Richard Kalish Award for Innovative Research
and the Distinguished Career Award from the Gerontological Society of America,
as well as Stanford University's Deans Award for Distinguished Teaching. Professor
Carstensen received her B.S. from the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. in
Clinical Psychology from West Virginia University.