Jacqui Smith

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Health and Retirement Study

Contact Information

3444 ISR
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: 734.647.0591
Email: smitjacq@umich.edu


Ph.D., Macquarie University

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

Kim, E. S, Smith, J., Kubzansky, L.D.. A prospective study of the association between dispositional optimism and incident heart failure. Circulation: Heart Failure, 7, 394-400 [2014]

Newton, N. J., Ryan, L.H., King, R. T., and Smith, J.. Cohort differences in the marriage-health relationship for midlife women. Social Science & Medicine, 116, 64-72 [2014]

Queen, T. L., Stawski, R. S., Ryan, L. H., and Smith, J.. Loneliness in a day: activity engagement, time alone, and experienced emotions. Psychology and Aging, 29(2), 297-305 [2014]

Ryan, L. H., Wan, W. H., and Smith, J.. Spousal support and strain: Impacts on health in older couples. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37, 1108-1117 [2014]

Smith, J., Ryan, L. H., Queen, T. L., Becker, S., and Gonzalez, R.. Snapshots of mixtures of affective experiences in a day: Findings from the Health and Retirement Study. Journal of Population Ageing, 7, 5579 [2014]

Gerstorf, D., Ram, N., Lindenberger, U., and Smith, J.. Age and time-to-death trajectories of change in indicators of cognitive, sensory, physical, health, social, and self-related functions. Developmental Psychology, 49,1805-1821 [2013]

Ryan, L. H., Smith, J, Antonucci, T. C., and Jackson, J. S.. Cohort differences in the availability of informal caregivers: Are the Boomers at risk?. Gerontologist, 52, 177-188 [2012]

Clarke, P., and Smith, J.. Aging in a cultural context: Cross-national differences in disability and the moderating role of personal control among older adults in the United States and England. Journals of Gerontology: Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 66B (4), 457-467 [2011]

Fingerman, K. L., Berg, C. A., Smith, J., and Antonucci, T.C. (Eds.). Handbook of Life-Span Development.. New York: Springer [2011]

Infurna, F., Gerstorf, D., Ryan, L. H., and Smith, J.. Dynamic links between memory and functional limitations in old age: Longitudinal evidence for age-based structural dynamics from the AHEAD study. Psychology and Aging, 26, 546-558 [2011]

Roberts, B. W., Smith, J., Jackson, J. J., and Edmonds, G.. Compensatory conscientiousness in older couples. Psychological Science, 20, 553-559 [2009]

Li, S-C., Schmiedek, F., Huxhold, O., Röcke, C., Smith, J., and Lindenberger, U.. Working memory plasticity in old age: Practice gain, transfer, and maintenance. Psychology and Aging, 23, 731-742 [2008]

Kleinspehn-Ammerlahn, A., Kotter-Grühn, D., and Smith, J.. Self-perceptions of aging: Do subjective age and satisfaction with aging change during old age?. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 63B, P377-P386 [2008]

Rapp, M. A., Gerstorf, D., Helmchen, H., and Smith, J.. Depression predicts mortality in the young old, but not in the oldest old: Results from the Berlin Aging Study (BASE). American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 16, 844-852 [2008]

Gerstorf, D., Ram, N., Röcke, C., Lindenberger, U., and Smith, J.. Decline in life satisfaction in old age: Longitudinal evidence for links to distance-to-death. Psychology and Aging, 23, 154-168 [2008]

Windsor, T. D., Ryan, L. H., and Smith, J.. Individual well-being in older adulthood: Do spousal beliefs matter?. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences [(in press)]

Kotter-Grühn, D., Kleinspehn-Ammerlahn, A., Gerstorf, D., and Smith, J.. Self-perceptions of aging predict mortality and change with approaching death: 16-year longitudinal results from the Berlin Aging Study. Psychology and Aging [(in press)]

Roecke, C., Li, S-C., and Smith, J.. Intraindividual variability in positive and negative affect over 45 days: Do older adults fluctuate less than young adults?. Psychology and Aging [(in press)]