The Laboratory of Adult Development is devoted to the study of adult lives, and how earlier life experience is related to emotional well-being, physical health, and interpersonal functioning in adulthood. Our work spans the entire adult life cycle from late adolescence to the 9th and 10th decades of life.

Our projects involve the collaboration of psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, internists, social workers, and undergraduate and graduate students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Our current projects are:


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Laboratory of Adult Development
151 Merrimac St.
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-643-7403

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The Harvard Second Generation Study
We are now beginning to study the children of our original participants- the second generation of the Study of Adult Development. Our new project aims to study the effect of childhood experiences on midlife health. We aim to use our rich data set to create a detailed model of how early events help shape our well-being in midlife. This project is currently funded by the National Institute on Aging.

We began contacting the prospective participants for our study starting in the summer of 2015. We estimate that there are over 2,000 children of the Grant and Glueck cohorts living across the U.S. today.

Our Second Generation participants will provide vital information about aging across the lifespan. For more information, visit the study website.
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Study of Adult Development
This study has allowed us to examine the psychological traits, social factors, and biological processes that characterize adolescents and forty-year-olds who evolve into vigorous and engaged octogenarians.
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Close Relationships Project
This study examines the intereaction of couples, based on varying past and current influences.

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