Who We Are


As a lifespan psychologist, I see individuals as producers of their own development. This means that to the extent that they are able, individuals strive to support their own health and well-being. However, the ability to act and change is not constant but varies—both across individual differences in access to resources and also within individuals as they face challenges and opportunities in daily life. To truly support health and independence, health technologies must be sensitive to the context and complexity of life as it is lived. Therefore, my research examines the processes by which older adults understand their health and use health technologies.  My goal is to guide the development and implementation of health technologies that respond to the dynamics of  older adults’ psychological, social, and biophysiological needs, goals, and abilities.

Resident Instruction

  • CHLH 575 Chronic Disease Prevention
  • CHLH 577 Program Evaluation
  • CHLH 494 Health Technology and Health Behavior

Graduate Students

Tai-Te Su

Tai-Te Su

Ph.D. Student

M.S., Physical Therapy and Assistive Technology, National Yang-Ming University, 2018.
B.S., Physical Therapy and Assistive Technology, National Yang-Ming University, 2015.
Research Interests
My broad research interests are centered around health, aging, and technology use. Building on the foundation of health behavior theories, I am particularly interested in the process of aging and behavior change and exploring how health technologies would shape older adults’ health, function, and quality of life.

Sungjae Hong

Sungjae Hong

Ph.D. Student

M.P.H., Epidemiology, Emory University, 2020
M.S., Science and Technology Policy, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 2018
B.S., Computer Science (Minor in Science and Technology Policy), Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 2016
Research Interests
My research field is social gerontology, and I am especially interested in the social dynamics in later life that shape older people's health and social status. Another research interest is the moderating role of built, technological, and social infrastructures on the relationship between older people's social status and well-being.

Faith Washington

Faith Washington

MPH Student

I am very passionate about health promotion and behavioral intervention with a keen interest in how technology can be used to improve health throughout our lives. My passion has led me to an extensive range of research interests, including the psychology of aging and how relationships impact the aging process.


Undergraduate Research Assistants


At the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

  • Jacob Sosnoff, Ph.D. Associate Professor. Department of Kinesiology & Community Health UIUC
  • Brian Ogolsky, Ph.D. Associate Professor. Department of Human Development & Family Sciences
  • Alexandra Chronopoulou, Ph.D. Assistant Professor. Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering


  • Richard Gonzalez, Ph.D. Professor. University of Michigan
  • Karen Hooker, Ph.D. Professor. Oregon State University
  • Karen Nielsen, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Georgia State University
  • Jing Liao, Ph.D. Researcher
  • Bill Reed and Lydia Lundberg. Founders. Elite Care

Graduated Research Assistants:

Jack Guo

Leonardo Guzman

Janette Lan

Nikki Nangia

Sam Papasotiriou

Johnee Schultee

Gabriele Urbonaite

Qinyun Wu

Alanna Wong

Former IGMP Mentees

Spring 2020

Ajiang Zou


Fall 2019

Lanying Ge

Yu An


Spring 2019

Anqi Zhao

Yunfei Li