Behavioral Research

rachel_profileRachel Pruchno, Ph.D. is Director of Research at the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging, and Endowed Professor of Medicine at Rowan University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Pruchno’s research focuses on behavioral and psychological processes associated with aging. Much of her work covers areas related to resilience and successful aging over the life course, multiple chronic conditions, depression, and social supports.

Dr. Pruchno has been the Principal Investigator on NIH-funded grants totaling close to $7 million and foundation grants of more than $3 million. She has published more than 70 peer-reviewed articles, 10 book chapters, and an edited book, Challenges of an aging society: Ethical dilemmas, political issues.

Since 2011, Dr. Pruchno has served as Editor-in-Chief of The Gerontologist.

To learn more about Dr. Pruchno and her work, vist her website Here.

ORANJ BOWL℠ (Ongoing Research on Aging in New Jersey: Bettering Opportunities for Wellness in Life)

Dr. Pruchno established and directs the ORANJ BOWL project, which maintains a representative panel of 5,688 adults aged 50-74 living in New Jersey.The goal of the ORANJ BOWL℠ panel is to enable scientists to understand how characteristics of people and of the environment promote successful aging.

To learn more about the ORANJ BOWL click here.


 ORANJ BOWL Publications (Selected):

Pruchno, R.A., Wilson-Genderson, M., & Heid, A.R. (2016). Multiple chronic condition combinations and depression in community-dwelling older adults. The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences. Published online March 1, 2016 doi: 10.1093/gerona/glw025

Pruchno, R., Heid, A.R., & Wilson-Genderson, M. (2015). Resilience and successful aging: Aligning complementary constructs using a life course approach. Psychological Inquiry, 26(2), 200-207.

Cromley, E.K., Wilson-Genderson, M., Christman, Z., && Pruchno, R.A. (2015). Colocation of older adults with successful aging based on objective and subjective measures. Applied Geography, 56, 13-20.

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Other Publications by Rachel Pruchno, Ph.D (Selected)

Pruchno, R., Heid, A. R., & Wilson-Genderson, M. (2018). Successful Aging, Social Support, and Ownership of a Companion Animal. Anthrozoos, 31(1), 23-39. doi:10.1080/08927936.2018.1406199

Wilson-Genderson, M., Pruchno, R., & Heid, A. R. (2017). Modeling Successful Aging Over Time in the Context of a Disaster. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, 72(2), 328-339. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbw127.

Romley, E.K., Wilson-Genderson, M., Heid, A.R., & Pruchno, R.A. (2016). Spatial associations of multiple chronic conditions among older adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology. Published online October 2, 2016 doi: 10.1177/0733464816672044

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