We conduct research that examines the influences of social relationships and motivational processes for wellbeing and health across the adult lifespan. Current projects focus on the role of goals and motivational processes for adaptive functioning in daily life (emotion regulation; stress; health behaviors). In addition, we examine how health trajectories influence and are influenced by close others such as spouses. We have recently started to extend this line of work towards an inclusion of intergenerational transmissions of health and wellbeing in families.
Overall, the long-term goal of our research is to better understand the social and motivational resources that contribute to the successful mastery of challenges and foster healthy functioning in different phases of the lifespan.