Faculty & Staff Honors

Faculty & Staff Honors

Florida Faculty Member Elected President of APA Division on Adult Development and Aging

Dr. Michael Marsiske, an associate professor in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions’ department of clinical and health psychology, has been elected president of Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging) of the American Psychological Association for the 2018-2019 term.

[Photo: Dr. Michael Marsiske]

Dr. Marsiske will serve as president elect for the 2017-2018 term, supporting incoming president Dr. Joseph Gaugler of the University of Minnesota. The APA Division on Adult Development and Aging strives to advance the study of psychological development and change throughout the adult years. The division invites membership from psychologists who provide services to older adults, conduct research on adult development and aging, or are interested in learning more about or teaching life span development and aging. The division has a strong mentorship focus, inviting and encouraging participation from students and emerging professionals.

Dr. Marsiske has served in leadership roles for the division since 1995, including designing and hosting the division’s first website and serving as the program chair for the division’s offerings at the APA annual convention. He is a past recipient of the division’s Springer Early Career Achievement Award. Dr. Marsiske’s research has focused on cognitive aging. He has been a principal investigator on the National Institute on Aging ACTIVE trial, a clinical trial of cognitive training for older adults.  He has also been funded by the National Institute on Aging, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and UF’s McKnight Brain Institute for studies of a variety of cognitive intervention approaches with older adults, including exercise promotion, exergames, aerobic fitness, action video games, self-administered computer training, and cognitive collaboration.