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Nicholas Turiano

Assistant Professor, Life-Span Developmental Psychology

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Dr. Turiano received his B.S. in human development and family studies from Penn State University in 2005 and a dual-title Ph.D. in human development and family studies and gerontology from Purdue University in 2012. 

He completed an NRSA postdoctoral fellowship in psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center with training in psychophysiology and health disparities research (2012-2014). 

Dr. Turiano joined the WVU faculty as an assistant professor of lifespan developmental psychology in 2014. 

Research Interests

Dr. Turiano’s research focuses on understanding the association between personality development and a variety of health processes. The key question of his research aims to identify why certain personality characteristics are associated with disease, disability, and earlier mortality while others are associated with more successful aging outcomes. Mechanisms of interest include substance use behaviors (alcohol, tobacco, and drug use), diet and exercise habits, and the physiological reactivity to stress. His life span training leads him to study such processes in diverse age groups, including adolescence, early and middle adulthood, and a strong focus on late adulthood to capture successful aging. 

Dr. Turiano utilizes focused lab studies as well as population based data from three major ongoing long-term longitudinal studies, the Midlife in the U.S. study (MIDUS), the Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study (NAS), and the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). He also uses a diverse set of methodological tools in his research such as proportional hazards modeling (a.k.a. cox modeling, survival analysis, event-history analysis), factor analytic procedures, structural equation modeling, and growth curve modeling.

The Personality, Health, and Development Laboratory will be accepting applications from potential graduate students for Fall 2016. Applicants should apply to Psychology, concentration in life-span developmental.


  • Psychology 202 – Research Methods in Psychology
  • Psychology 771 – Seminar in Methodology