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JoNell Strough

Professor & Area Coordinator, Life-Span Developmental Psychology; Director, Graduate Training

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Dr. Strough is a life-span developmental psychologist. She completed her doctoral training at the University of Utah under the mentorship of Cynthia A. Berg. She completed her undergraduate studies at Boise State University in Idaho, graduating summa cum laude, and received her Ph.D. degree in psychology in 1996 from the University of Utah.  Dr. Strough joined the WVU faculty in 1996 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor with tenure in 2003 and to professor in 2009. 

She is the author or coauthor of more than 30 journal articles or chapters and has given nearly 100 invited addresses or conference presentations. 

Dr. Strough is a fellow and member of the Gerontological Society of America, and a member of the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association (Developmental, Adult Development and Aging Divisions), the Scientific Research Network on Decision Neuroscience and Aging, and the American Council for Coeduational Schooling. She serves on the editorial board of Experimental Aging Research and has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. 

She is the coordinator of the doctoral program in life-span developmental psychology and the Director of Graduate Training in the Department of Psychology.

Research Interests

Dr. Strough’s areas of research expertise include decision making, everyday problem solving, and gender development. She studies each of these topics in diverse age groups, including adolescence and early and later adulthood. 

The higher-order objective of all of Dr. Strough’s research is to facilitate successful development and healthy aging. Her research on decision making and problem solving investigates how people can compensate for age-related losses in some cognitive abilities by using their life experience and social relationships. Her research on gender focuses on the development of gender similarities and differences and the social stereotypes that limit the behaviors viewed as acceptable for men and women. Her research has been funded by the U.S. National Institute of Aging.


  • Psychology 232 – Sex Roles and Behavior
  • Psychology 543 – Adolescence and Young Adult Development
  • Psychology 545 – Conceptual Issues in Developmental Psychology