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Deborah Finkel Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
Director, Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies Programs

Crestview Hall 019
Phone: (812) 941-2668
dfinkel@ius.edu

Biography

Dr. Finkel travels regularly to Sweden to collaborate with colleagues at Karolinksa Institutet in Stockholm. She is currently involved in a multinational project involving colleagues from California, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Scotland, Denmark, Finland, Australia, and Sweden.

Academic Background

  • Doctorate

    • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, United States
    • Doctor of Philosophy, Major in Psychology, Minor in Statistics
  • Bachelors

    • Centre College, Danville, KY, United States
    • Bachelor of Science, Major in Psychobiology & Applied Math

Professional Interests

Teaching

Dr. Finkel teaches primarily in the Graduate Interdisciplinary Studies program - she teaches the introductory courses and other seminars, including Grant Writing, Methods of Survey Research, Teaching Workshop, and Evolutionary Psychology. When she is able to teach in the psychology program, Dr. Finkel teaches senior seminar, methods & statistics, and adult development & aging.

Research

Applying the methods of behavior genetic analysis to investigations of cognitive aging and biological markers of the aging process Applying methods of longitudinal analysis to twin data to investigate genetic and environmental influences on longitudinal change.

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Andel, R., & Finkel, D.. (2016). Effects of pre-retirement work complexity and post-retirement leisure activity on cognitive aging. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 71 (8), 849-856.
  • Finkel, D., Franz, C. E., Horwitz, B., Christensen, K., Gatz, M., Johnson, W., Kaprio, J., Korhonen, T., Niederheiser, J., Petersen, I., Rose, R. J., & Silventoinen, K. for the IGEMS consortium. (2016). Marital status moderates gender differences in genetic and environmental influences on subjective health. Behavior Genetics, 46 (1), 123-144.
  • Finkel, D., Ernsth-Bravell, M., Pedersen, N. L. (2016). Temporal dynamics of motor functioning and cognitive aging.. Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 71 (1), 109-116.
  • Finkel, D., Davis, D. W., Turkheimer, E., & Dickens, W. T.. (2015). Applying biometric growth curve models to developmental synchronies in cognitive development: The Louisville Twin Study. Behavior Genetics, 45 (6), 600-609.
  • Finkel, D., Ernsth-Bravell, M., & Pedersen, N. L.. (2015). Sex differences in genetic and environmental influences on longitudinal change in functional ability in late adulthood. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 70 (5), 709-717.
  • Finkel, D., & Pedersen, N. L.. (2014). Genetic and environmental contributions to the association between intraindividual variability in reaction time and cognitive function. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 21 (7), 746-764.

Books

  • Finkel,D., & Reynolds, C. A. (Eds.). (2014). Behavior genetics of cognition across the lifespan. New York: Springer.

Campus Events

Health Resource Fair (Mental Health & Wellness Series)

Health Resource Fair (Mental Health & Wellness Series)

September 26th, 2017

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Eh440

Eh440

September 28th, 2017

8:00 PM - 9:15 PM

School of Business Golf Scramble

School of Business Golf Scramble

September 29th, 2017

All day event

Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention

Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention

September 30th, 2017

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

IU Southeast Job Fair

IU Southeast Job Fair

October 12th, 2017

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Early (Priority) Registration Begins for Spring 2018

Early (Priority) Registration Begins for Spring 2018

October 16th, 2017

All day event

IU Southeast Open House

IU Southeast Open House

October 21st, 2017

10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Open Registration Begins for Spring 2018

Open Registration Begins for Spring 2018

October 30th, 2017

All day event

Thanksgiving Holiday - Campus Closed

Thanksgiving Holiday - Campus Closed

November 23rd, 2017

All day event

Thanksgiving Holiday - Campus Closed

Thanksgiving Holiday - Campus Closed

November 24th, 2017

All day event

Fall 2017 Classes End

Fall 2017 Classes End

December 2nd, 2017

All day event

Fall 2017 Final Exams Begin

Fall 2017 Final Exams Begin

December 4th, 2017

All day event

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