Laura L. Carstensen Founding Director, Stanford Center on Longevity
Laura L. Carstensen is Professor of Psychology and the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy at Stanford University where she serves as founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, whose Week Four work with Chautauqua will feature morning lectures, master classes, and special programs. SCL is doing groundbreaking work with a “New Map of Life” Project, recognizing that longer lives present one of the greatest challenges — and one of the greatest opportunities — of the 21st century.
Carstensen’s research has been supported continuously by the National Institute on Aging for more than 25 years and she is currently supported through a prestigious MERIT Award. She is the author of numerous academic articles and the book A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health, and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity. Carstensen has served on the National Advisory Council on Aging and the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on an Aging Society. In 2016 she was inducted into the National Academy of Medicine. She has won numerous awards, including the Kleemeier Award from the Gerontological Society of America, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the Master Mentor Award from the American Psychological Association.
Carstensen received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Rochester and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from West Virginia University.
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