Emeritus Professor Mary Luszcz

Emeritus Professor

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Social Sciences North (355)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
Ph.D. (Alabama), M.A. (George Peabody), B.A. (Dayton), Tertiary honours: Psi Chi; Phi Beta Kappa
Honours, awards and grants
Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor Award, 2012
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America, 2006
Fellow, Academy of Social Sciences of Australia, 2001
Fellow, Australian Psychological Society, 2000
Fellow, Australian Association of Gerontology, 2000
Research expertise
Research interests

My areas of research interest are cognitive ageing, longevity, and psychosocial wellbeing.
Understanding how these can be maintained or enhanced through behavioural means, to culminate in successful aging at an individual and societal level, is the overriding goal. Within the Cognitive Ageing Laboratory, research focuses on normal age-related memory changes. We've used time sampling techniques to understand how very old adults spend their days, and the interdependencies of health, cognition, interpersonal relationships and affect. The Australian Longitudinal Study of Ageing provides the basis for much of my current research efforts.

Topic lecturer
PSYC2021 Human Development
PSYC3009 Lifespan Development in Cultural Perspective
Supervisory interests
Development psychology
Higher degree by research supervision
Associate supervisor: Psychosocial ageing (2)
Principal supervisor: Cognitive Ageing (2), Dementia (1), Neuropsychology (2), Ageing and Quality of life (2)
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Media expertise
  • Ageing
  • Memory
  • Psychology
  • Ageing
  • Human Development
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