Department of Psychology

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 |

Dr. Dark-Freudeman received her Ph.D in Developmental Psychology from the University of Florida. Her program of research broadly focuses on self-regulation in adulthood. Initially her research focused on the importance of hopes and fears related to physical and cognitive aging among older adults. Currently her lab is focused on three main areas of research:

  • Exploring hopes and fears related to death and dying in adults of all ages.
  • Identifying psychosocial predictors of suicide ideation in older adults.
  • Examining the impact of a mindfulness-based stress reduction program on self-regulation, cognitive function, and depressive symptoms.

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Dark-Freudeman, A. & West, R. L. (in press). Health selves, health efficacy, and psychological well-being. International Journal of Aging and Human Development.

Dark-Freudeman, A., Greskovich, L., & Terry, C. (in press). The relationship between attachment style, depressive symptoms, and social support: A survey of caregivers. Educational Gerontology.

McGinty, H. L., Dark-Freudeman, A., & West, R. L. (2013). 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.