Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Professor of psychology

Adult development and aging, Psychology of sports fans, Coping with tragedy and recovery

Phone: (o) 413/545-4306

Email: swhitbo@psych.umass.edu

Susan Krauss Whitbourne is one of the pioneers of the field of adult development and aging, and coordinates the Aging and Development Lab where students conduct research on personality, aging and cognition.  She is also frequently quoted in media regarding the psychology of sports fandom.

The author of numerous books and articles, she posts regularly on her Fulfillment at Any Age blog for Psychology Today.

Krauss Whitbourne has appeared in numerous media outlets, including “Dateline NBC,” The New York Times, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Redbook, More magazine,Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Natural Health, and the Chicago Tribune. Her work has been a topic of interviews on the Discovery Health Channel and the online guide to the PBS series Discovering Psychology. She is also a particular favorite among Canadian media discussing the psychology of hockey fans, and has been quoted numerous times in the TorontoStar, the Sun newspaper chain, and has appeared on CTV’s national morning show “Canada AM.”

A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Gerontological Society of America, she serves in a variety of leadership roles. In 2011, she received a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for her leadership and dedication to the profession.

Her most recent research project is investigating the relationship between videogaming and cognition in older adults.