Principal Investigator


Anthony Ong, Ph.D

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Anthony Ong holds appointments at Weill Cornell Medical College and at Cornell University, where he is professor of human development and director of the Human Health Labs. He received his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Southern California and completed his postdoctoral training in adult development and aging at the University of Notre Dame.

His research and teaching have been recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Gerontological Society of America, and he is the recipient of the APA Springer Early Career Achievement Award in Research on Adult Development and Aging, the Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Early Career Award in Social and Behavioral Gerontology, and the Merrill Presidential Scholar Award for Teaching. He has authored over 100 scholarly articles and book chapters and is the co-editor of Emotion, Aging, and Health and the Oxford Handbook of Methods in Positive PsychologyHis research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, John Templeton Foundation, and the RAND/Hartford Foundation.

I am on sabbatical leave at Northwestern University (Feinberg School of Medicine and Department of Psychology) through December 31, 2019.

Lab Members


Selin Goktas

Genetic and environmental influences on marital relationships

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Betül Urganci

Intimacy in dyadic interactions

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emily miller

Vigilance for bias and affect dynamics

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Engagement with nature and health

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Cultural affordances and daily well-being

Lab Affiliates

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Emily Bastarache

Positive affect and resilience

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Christian Cerrada

Asian-American mental health

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Kayla Burd

Positive ethnic racial-affect and youth adjustment

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Heart rate variability and marital quality

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Sara Kim

Positive affect and sleep

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Rebecca Lee

Asian-American mental health

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Kaylin Ratner

Positive affect and chronic pain


Jieni Zhou

Partner responsiveness and romantic relationships

Lab Alumni

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Deinera Exner-Cortens, Ph.D.

University of Calgary


Nicole Ja, Ph.D.

Applied Survey Research

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Thomas Fuller-Rowell, Ph.D.

Auburn University


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Sarah Moore. Ph.D.

University of British Columbia


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Catherine Riffin, Ph.D.

Yale School of Medicine


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Emre Selçuk, Ph.D.

Middle East Technical University

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Zhana Vrangalova, Ph.D.

New York University