Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, received her Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Columbia University in 1974 and completed a postdoctoral training program in clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, having joined the faculty there in 1984. Her previous positions were as associate professor of education and psychology at the University of Rochester (1975–1984) and assistant professor of psychology at SUNY College at Geneseo. Formerly the Psychology Departmental honors coordinator at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, she is director of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement where she advises students who apply for the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright, Truman, and Goldwater Scholarships, among others. In addition, she is faculty advisor to the University of Massachusetts Chapter of Psi Chi, a position for which she was recognized as the Eastern Regional Outstanding Advisor for the year 2001 and as the Florence Denmark National Faculty Advisor in 2002. She served as eastern region vice president of Psi Chi in 2006–07 and as chair of the program committee for the National Leadership Conference in 2009. Her teaching has been recognized with the College Outstanding Teacher Award in 1995 and the University Distinguished Teaching Award in 2001. Her work as an advisor was recognized with the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award in 2006. In 2003, she received the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) Master Mentor Award and the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Behavioral and Social Sciences Distinguished Mentorship Award.
Her publications include 17 published books, many in multiple editions, and more than 160 journal articles and chapters.
Stacey B. Whitbourne, Ph.D., received her Ph.D. in social and developmental psychology from Brandeis University in 2005 where she was funded by a National Institute on Aging training fellowship. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Boston University School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, funded by a National Institute on Aging Grant and a Department of Veterans Affairs Rehabilitation Research and Development Service Grant. Currently, she is a research health scientist at the Massachusetts Veterans Epidemiology and Research Information Center (MAVERIC), an independent research center housed within the VA Boston Healthcare System. She also serves as program director for the Million Veteran Program, a longitudinal health and genomic cohort funded by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Office of Research and Development. In addition, she is an instructor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and an associate epidemiologist at the Division of Aging at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The author of several published articles, she is also a coauthor on a chapter for the Sage Series on Aging in America. She is a member of the American Psychological Association Division 20 and the Gerontological Society of America. A member of the Membership Committee of Division 20, she has also given more than 30 presentations at national conferences. As an undergraduate, she received the Psi Chi National Student Research Award. In graduate school, she was awarded the Verna Regan Teaching Award and an APA Student Travel Award. She has taught courses on adult development and aging at Brandeis University and the University of Massachusetts Boston.