Fairleigh Dickinson Professor in Public Policy, Department of Psychology, Stanford University; Director, Stanford Center on Longevity
Laura Carstensen is a psychology professor, the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy at Stanford University, and founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. She is best known in academia for socioemotional selectivity theory and a life-span theory of motivation. In 2011, she authored A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health, and Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity. Carstensen is a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Research Network on an Aging Society and serves on the National Advisory Council on Aging to NIA. Her awards include the Kleemeier Award and Distinguished Mentorship Award from the Gerontological Society of America, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship.