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Douglas A. Hershey is emeritus full professor of psychology and former director of the Retirement Planning Research Laboratory, which was housed at Oklahoma State University from 1996 to 2021. Hershey received his Ph.D. in 1990 from the University of Southern California with a specialization in aging and life planning. His research focuses on the psychological, social, and economic factors that motivate individuals to plan and save for retirement. When not writing articles, Hershey enjoys bicycling, pan-Asian cooking, and visiting the Netherlands.  (

Notable Lab Alumnae

Janet L. Koposko is a lab alum who is currently an Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) in Tifton, Georgia. While at OSU, Koposko examined the the extent to which different types of future time perspective influence different types of behavior. When not working hard preparing academic lectures, developing time perspective interventions, or dog sitting, Janitha enjoys road trips and exploring life on the edge.  (

Helen Kiso is a lab alum who is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. There, she is director of the Aging, Work, and Retirement Lab. Much of her work focuses on retirement quality of life, but she also has a strong interest in couples' communication patterns when engaged in planning for retirement. In her spare time Helen enjoys spending time with her husband, her girls Solana and Marcella, and her uber-cool dog, Evie. (

Ritu Gupta ("Doctor G") worked in the RPRL as a visiting scholar a few years ago. She traveled to the US from India and spent a year studying how work and retirement issues are related to individuals' personal goals and time perspective. Gupta is now an Associate Professor of Human Resource Management at the T. A. Pei Management Institute (TAPMI)--one of the top business schools in India. She has brought the study of retirement to India, where this stage of life is not yet institutionalized, and thus, understudied. When not working in the lab Doctor G. enjoys spending time with her husband (the J-Man) and sons (Avi &Yuvi).


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Joy M. Jacobs-Lawson is a professor in the Department of Psychology at Bellarmine University in Louisville Kentucky. Dr. Jacobs-Lawson's research interests focus on real-world high risk decisions among members of the aging population. She has published articles on retirement planning decisions, financial investment decision making, and health related decisions. In these studies, she has examined the influences of risk taking, knowledge, sex, age, and personality on individuals' decision making processes. When not working, Joy enjoys spending time with her family, helping at her children’s schools or with their scouting activities, camping, swimming, and being creative.(

 Other Research Collaborators

and Lab Alumni

Charles I. Abramson
Cherry Adjchavanich
Jason Allaire

Thomas B. Ayres

Kathy S. Austin
Sofia Beltran

Martha I. Bojórquez

Montrey Bond
Misty Boyd
Ruby Brougham

Allison (Allie) Broussard
Carol Brown
Steven Carter
Yung-Ping (Bing) Chen
Ada (Addy) S. Chulef

Elizabeth Close

Lauren Coffey

Andrew Cole
Camille Collins
Hannie Comijs
Kendra Coutant
David Crouse

Cale Darling
Dorly D. J. H. Deeg

Jo Earl
Lucia Fanca
K. Timilli Frazier

Mike Freeland
Lisbeth Frostholm

Stormie Fuller

Stacy Gabriel

Jigyasu Gaur

Paul Gerrans

Jessica Gillard

Douglas Graham

Fumiaki Hamagami
Sharon B. Hamil

Tevy Heng
Kene Henkens
Clarissa Herndon
Ilda T. Hershey
Scott M. Hofer
John L. Horn 
Sharbee Horne
Sherry Horning
Victor Igreja
Gayle Iwamasa
Janissa Jackson
Jessica Jones

Kimberly M. Jones
Gregory Keyser

Anya Kuboi

Erin Lane

Francisco P. Lozano III
Phillip A. Martin
Lisa Mauldin
John (Jack) J. McArdle

Dana P. McDaniel
Amanda Messer (Bradley)
Jennifer Mitchell-Copeland

Anna Mooney

Ray Morath

John C. Mowen

Allison Musicus

Kirstan A. Neukam
Cora Ortiz
Elizabeth Padawer

Daniel B. Pearce

Antonio E. Pérez
Sara Penning
Andrea M. Piccinin

Kirk Phillips
Stephen J. Reed
Nicole Rosell
Steve Schley

Jon Schneider
Roy Seguine
Dave Sherry
Robert S. Stawski
Sheril Stone

Darla Swann
Judith Swiger
Heavin Taylor 

David G. Thomas
Katie Tomajan
Kathleen (Katie) Trujillo 

Kathy Turner
Harry Van Dalen
David A. Walsh
Kimberly Wells
JoAnne Wilson (Dzuray)
Thomas L. Wilson

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