Aging and Biopsychosocial Innovations Program

The overall purpose of this research program is to understand how stress and social contexts affect health and the biopsychosocial factors that account for those links. We seek to foster a multidisciplinary collaboration that capitalizes on advances in mobile technology and biopsychosocial methods to gain better understanding of social, psychological and biological factors influencing healthy aging. Members of the program include Courtney Polenick (Faculty Associate) who is an assistant professor in psychiatry, Kim Soroka (project coordinator) and Angela Turkelson (data analyst; also with Life Course Development Program). We will be looking to grow the program with new collaborations and additional faculty in the near future. We are moving to a new space on the 2nd floor of ISR at the end of March.

ABI’s research topics include:

  • biological systems associated with stress and relationships
  • aging and the cardiovascular system
  • racial health disparities
  • stress and health of caregivers
  • aging and emotion in relationships
  • stress and implications for cardiovascular system
  • health and well-being in couples and families
  • daily stress and health
  • intensive longitudinal designs (ecological momentary assessments, daily diary)
  • using devices to assess biological systems