Olivia E. Atherton

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Olivia E. Atherton
Research Interests
Dr. Olivia E. Atherton research lies at the intersection of social-personality, health, and developmental psychology. The central focus of her work work is on how, when, and why socio-structural contexts and personality tendencies impact mental and physical health across the lifespan. To answer these questions, Atherton typically uses large longitudinal studies with data spanning multiple developmental periods and generations (i.e., family studies), in combination with diverse samples and multi-method measurement (e.g., self- and informant-reports, administrative records). Aherton also has expertise in statistical techniques including structural equation modeling, multilevel modeling, survival analysis, and coordinated data analysis.


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