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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.