As a 2020 Public Engagement Project Fellow, Rebecca Ready, professor of psychological and brain sciences, will disseminate science behind the psychology of aging to the public. This will help to dispel negative stereotypes about growing older and improve decisions made by older adults and by healthcare providers who care for older adults.
The Public Engagement Project is a faculty-driven initiative building on a collaboration of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) and the Center for Research on Families (CRF). The 2020 faculty fellows will draw on their substantial research records to impact policy, the work of practitioners and public debates. Faculty fellows receive a stipend and technical training in communicating with non-academic audiences, and will travel to Beacon Hill to share their research with lawmakers. This is the sixth cohort of Public Engagement Project Faculty Fellows.