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Lab Members


Laura L. Carstensen, PhD

Professor of Psychology, Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr., Professor in Public Policy
Office: Jordan Hall, Building 420, Rm 167
Laura L. Carstensen, PhD is Professor of Psychology and the Fairleigh S. Dickinson, Jr., Professor in Public Policy at Stanford University, where she is also founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. Carstensen is best known for socioemotional selectivity theory, a life-span theory of motivation. Her most recent empirical research focuses on ways in which motivational changes influence cognitive processing and emotional experience.
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Postdoctoral Fellows

Hannah Giasson

Office: Jordan Hall, Room 160
Hannah Giasson’s research considers the complex interplay between individual and societal expectations, attitudes, and beliefs about aging and individuals’ social, motivational, and affective experiences as they become older. In particular, her work seeks to understand how attitudes about aging shape people's decisions about how to spend their time each day, and their feelings about themselves as they pass through different life transitions. 

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Hsiao-Wen Liao

Office: Jordan Hall, Room 160
Hsiao-Wen is a trained lifespan developmental psychologist focusing on Social Gerontology. Her research addresses self-regulatory processes that foster growth and adjustment during normative life transitions and in facing challenging life events across adulthood.
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Graduate Students

Sarah's main research interests involve understanding how emphasizing specific socioemotional goals can motivate people of different ages to engage in meaningful activities (e.g., volunteering, work), and how societal perceptions of old age impact older adults' well-being and engagement in these activities.
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Yochai graduated with a B.A in psychology from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2010 and went on to study for a Masters' degree in Gerontology at the University of Haifa. He is interested in exploring unique psychological strengths of older adults and their relationships with well-being, behavior and social relationships.
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Lab Manager

James Carter

Office: 173
Phone: 650-725-6855

James Carter is the lab manager of the Life-span Development Lab at Stanford University, where he oversees the day-to-day functioning of an NIA-funded research lab that investigates socioemotional aging, age-related shifts in motivation, and well-being across the life span. His research interests revolve around romantic relationships, such as predictive models of successful relationships and the matching algorithms of online dating apps. In his spare time, he also coordinates scientific outreach programs on social media.

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Kateri Noble

Office: Jordan Hall, Room 173
Phone: (650) 725-6855
Kateri Noble is the lab manager of the Life-span Development Lab. She is interested in the practical applications of age-related shifts in motivation and decision-making (e.g., workplace structure, product design/advertisement).
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Project Manager

Jessica has a BA in psychology from U.C. Berkeley and an MS in clinical social work from Columbia University. She's interested in mental health and well-being across the lifespan and how to best identify and address the mental health needs of older adults.
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