Smyer, Michael A.

Michael A. Smyer, Ph.D., is Co-Director of the Center on Aging & Work/Workplace Flexibility, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and a Professor in the Department of Psychology, all at Boston College. He received his Ph.D. in personality and clinical psychology from Duke University and a B.A. in psychology from Yale University.  Dr. Smyer, a licensed clinical psychologist, was a Professor of Human Development at Penn State prior to moving to Boston College.
Dr. Smyer has been active in geriatric mental health research for approximately 30 years.  A past President of the Division of Adult Development and Aging (Division 20) and the Division of Clinical Geropsychology (Section II) of the Division of Clinical Psychology (Division 12) of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Smyer was recently awarded the M. Powell Lawton award for distinguished contributions to clinical geropsychology, sponsored by Division 20 and the Retirement Research Foundation.

Dr. Smyer is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the Gerontological Society of America.  He has been on the editorial boards of the journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, Psychology of Aging, and currently is on the board of Generations (published by the American Society on Aging).

Dr. Smyer’s research has focused on the impact of context on individuals' adjustments to aging.  He has studied mental health care in nursing homes, emphasizing the diffusion of best practices throughout the setting, with special focus on the role of supervisors on the effectiveness of front-line workers, nursing assistants, and on residents’ mental health outcomes.

Expertise: Phased Retirement, Older Workers Overview


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