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Deborah Finkel Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

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 and Jönköping University in Jönköping, Sweden. 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

Adult Development and Aging, Behavior Genetics, Evolutionary Psychology, Methods of Survey Research, Grant Writing, Senior Seminar

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

  • 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.
  • 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., 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. (2016). Temporal dynamics of motor functioning and cognitive aging.. Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 71 (1), 109-116.
  • 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.
  • 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., Sternäng, O., & Wahlin, Å.. (2017). Genetic and environmental influences on longitudinal trajectories of functional biological age. Behavior Genetics, 47 (3), 375-382.

Books

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

Campus Events

Haunted IUS Walking Tour

Haunted IUS Walking Tour

October 23rd, 2018

7:15 PM - 9:15 PM

Cultural Trip: Mai's Thai Restaurant

Cultural Trip: Mai's Thai Restaurant

October 24th, 2018

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM

IU Southeast Theatre Department presents: 9 to 5: The Musical

IU Southeast Theatre Department presents: 9 to 5: The Musical

October 26th, 2018
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October 28th, 2018

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Early (Priority) Registration Begins for Spring 2019

Early (Priority) Registration Begins for Spring 2019

October 29th, 2018

All day event

Homecoming

Homecoming

November 2nd, 2018
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November 4th, 2018

All day event

Open Registration Begins for Spring 2019

Open Registration Begins for Spring 2019

November 2nd, 2018

All day event

Graduate Studies Open House

Graduate Studies Open House

November 3rd, 2018

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Election Day

Election Day

November 6th, 2018

6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Economic Outlook 2019

Economic Outlook 2019

November 6th, 2018

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

IUS High School Model UN Security Council Conference

IUS High School Model UN Security Council Conference

November 15th, 2018

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Thanksgiving Break Begins

Thanksgiving Break Begins

November 21st, 2018

All day event

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