Susan Krauss Whitbourne

A pioneer in the field of adult development, Dr. Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D. has been involved in a 40 year study tracking the same sample of adults as they age. A doctorate in psychology from Columbia University, Whitbourne is currently a celebrated professor of Psychology at University of Massachusetts, a post she has held since 1984.  Whitbourne has received numerous recognitions, from the Distinguished Teaching Award and Outstanding Advising Award at the University of Massachusetts to Distinguished Mentorship Award from the American Psychological Association.  Having published over 100 articles as well as several textbooks, Whitbourne is considered the go-to expert on adult development in and outside of academia.  She has been interviewed and cited in many popular psychology articles, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Redbook and Glamour. Additionally, her work has been the topic of interviews on the “Discovery Health Channel” and an on-line guide to the PBS series on “Discovering Psychology.”


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Published work

The Search for Fulfillment: Revolutionary New Research that Reveals the Secret to Long-term Happiness (Ballantine Books, January 2010)


Textbooks: Adult Development and Aging: Biopsychological Perspectives (John Wiley & Sons); Abnormal Psychology: Clinical Perspectives on Psychological Disorders (McGraw Hill); Psycopathology in Later Adulthood (John Wiley & Sons); The Baby Boomers Grow Up: Contemporary Perspectives on Midlife (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates)