Alissa Dark-Freudeman

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Dr. Alissa Dark-Freudeman, Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Florida, 2009
M.S., University of Florida, 2004
B.A., University of Florida, 1998

Teaching Laboratory Building, 3032
UNCW, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 962-7378 |


My program of research focuses on "possible selves" or personally meaningful goals related to cognition and health; for example fears about becoming an Alzheimer’s patient or hopes about maintaining independence and mobility, and how these selves interact with self-regulatory beliefs to impact psychological well-being and behavior. More recently I have started to examine the relationship between resilience and self-regulation in adults of all ages.

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McGinty, H. L., Dark-Freudeman, A., & West, R. L.  (in press). Future Fears and Hopes for Health:  Exploring the Quality of Health-Related Possible Selves in an Aging Population. Journal of Health Psychology.

Dark-Freudeman, A. (2010). Successful Aging. In J.C. Cavanaugh, C. K. Cavanaugh, J. M. Berry, & R. L. West, Eds., Aging in America, Volume 1: Psychological Aspects of Aging (pp. 255-259). New York: Praeger Press.

West, R. L., Dark-Freudeman, A., & Bagwell, D. K. (2009). Goal setting and memory: Mechanisms driving memory gains for older and younger adults. Memory, 17, 233-244.

West, R. L., Bagwell, D. K., & Dark-Freudeman, A. (2008). Self-efficacy and memory aging: The impact of a memory intervention based on self-efficacy. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 15, 302-329.

Dark-Freudeman, A., West, R. L., & Viverito, K. (2006). Future selves and aging: Older adults’ fears about memory. Educational Gerontology, 32, 85-109.

Diehl, M., & Dark-Freudeman, A. (2006). The Analytic Template in the Psychology of Aging. In D. J. Sheets, D. B. Bradley, & J. Hendricks (Eds.), Enduring questions in gerontology (pp. 93-130). New York: Springer.

West, R. L., Bagwell, D. K., & Dark-Freudeman, A. (2005). Memory and goal setting: The response of older and younger adults to positive and objective feedback. Psychology and Aging, 20, 195-201.

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