Research Team

Karen Fingerman

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Karen Fingerman is a Professor of Human Development & Family Sciences at UT Austin. She studies adult development and aging.  She has published numerous scholarly articles on positive and negative emotions and social support among families and friends in late life. Her work has examined parents and children, in-law ties, romantic partners, grandparents and grandchildren, friends, and peripheral social ties. The National Institute on Aging funded her work for over 15 years and currently funds her Family Exchanges Study, a longitudinal study involving middle-aged adults, their romantic partners, grown children and aging parents. Her work has been funded by the Brookdale Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation Network on Transitions to Adulthood and the MacArthur Foundation Network on an Aging Society. Her research has drawn on survey methods, observational studies, experimental paradigms, daily diary, and salivary hormone data collection techniques.

MengMeng Huo

Meng is a graduate student working with Dr. Fingerman. She is broadly interested in the interplay of emotion and cognition, and how this might impact mental and physical well-being and relationships in older age. Currently, she is also focusing on grandparents-grandchildren relationships.

Jamie Graham

Jamie’s research broadly focuses on exploring how relationship experiences (e.g., transitions, diet, and exercise practices) affect and contribute to long-term health and well-being. Additionally, she is interested in how experiences in past relationships affect future relationship experiences and outcomes.

Crystal Ng

Crystal Ng is a 2nd-year graduate student working with Dr. Fingerman. She studies late-life friendships and how these friendships may influence older adults’ well-being.

Shiyang Zhang

Shiyang Zhang is a graduate student in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences working with Dr. Karen Fingerman. Her research interest focus on personality, social contacts, and well-being in late life. More specifically, she is interested in the impacts of narcissism on older adult’s social life.

Jean Choi, Elizabeth Tran
Lead Undergraduate Research Assistants

Chloe Juanico, Mallika Khurana, Willa Scanlon, Brenda Stanfill
Undergraduate Lab Group