Stanford Experts

Laura Carstensen

Professor in Public Policy; Professor of Psychology; Director, Stanford Center on Longevity


(650) 725-0347



Laura L. Carstensen, Founding Director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, is Professor of Psychology and the Fairleigh S. Dickinson Jr. Professor in Public Policy at Stanford University, where she is also the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity, which explores innovative ways to solve the problems of people over 50 while improving the well-being of people of all ages. She is best known in academia for socio-emotional selectivity theory, a life-span theory of motivation, and with her students and colleagues, has published more than 150 articles on life-span development.