Amy Collins

Amy L. Collins is a Research Psychologist focused on relationships among aging, health and psychological well-being. Dr. Collins received a PhD in Developmental Psychology from Boston College and was a postdoctoral Research Associate at the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar, publishing and presenting work in the fields of psychology, gerontology, epidemiology, public health and medicine.

Dr. Collins’ dissertation research examined the relationship between daily activities and positive and negative affect in older adults. As a postdoctoral researcher, she led several studies on how cognitive and emotional evaluations of life, like level of life satisfaction, optimism, and perceived social status, are related to morbidity and mortality using data from The Social Environment and Biomarkers of Aging Study (SEBAS), a population-based longitudinal study of older persons in Taiwan.

Dr. Collins’ current interests center on loneliness. Loneliness in older adults is increasingly recognized as a risk factor for poor health, reduced psychological well-being, and mortality. In light of this, she is pursuing two lines of research. The first is examining loneliness from a life course perspective using data from a large, longitudinal study of older adults aged 50 and older. A second line of research uses mixed methods analysis to investigate how the experience of loneliness differs among subpopulations, and how technology and the arts may play a role in mitigating the effect of loneliness and social isolation on health and well-being.

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