Research and Projects
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.
Selected Recent Publications
Mejía, S. T., Ryan, L. H., Gonzalez, R., & Smith, J. (2017). Successful aging as the intersection of individual resources, age, environment, and experiences of well-being in daily activities. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 72(2), 279-289.
Lee, S., & Smith, J. (2015). Methodological aspects of subjective life expectancy: Effects of culture-specific reporting heterogeneity among older adults in the United States. Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 71(3), 558-568.
Wagner, J., Ram, N., Smith, J., & Gerstorf, D. (2016). Personality trait development at the end of life: Antecedents and correlates of mean-level trajectories. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 111(3), 411.
Chopik, W. J., Kim, E. S., & Smith, J. (2015). Changes in optimism are associated with changes in health over time among older adults. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6(7), 814-822.
Kim, E. S., Kubzansky, L. D., & Smith, J. (2015). Life satisfaction and use of preventive health care services. Health Psychology, 34(7), 779.
Smith, J., Ryan, L. H., Queen, T. L., Becker, S., & Gonzalez, R. (2014). Snapshots of mixtures of affective experiences in a day: Findings from the Health and Retirement Study. Journal of Population Ageing, 7(1), 55.