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JoNell Strough, Ph.D.

Professor, Life-Span Developmental Psychology; Coordinator of Life-Span Developmental Program

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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. 

Dr. Strough is a fellow and member of the Gerontological Society of America, and the American Psychological Association (Developmental, Adult Development and Aging Divisions).

She is the author or coauthor of more than 50 journal articles or chapters and has given nearly 100 invited addresses or conference presentations. 

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 and the National Science Foundation. 


  • Psychology 232 – Sex Roles and Behavior
  • Psychology 545 – Conceptual Issues in Developmental Psychology
  • Psychology 745- Seminar in Life-Span Development