Judith A. Sugar, Ph.D.
School of Public Health
Ph.D. in Lifespan Developmental Psychology
York University, Toronto, Canada
My research interests are in life-span health, aging, research
methodology, and higher education issues. Much of my scholarship
in life-span developmental psychology has been directed at two
important questions: what is normal versus pathological aging,
and how do we conceptualize, measure, and positively influence
older adults' quality of life? In addition to the theoretical
and empirical value of these questions for life-span developmental
psychology, the answers to these questions have critical implications
for the daily lives of older adults. Decisions about nursing home
placements, diagnoses of dementia, and declarations of incompetence
often hinge on judgements and measures of health and psychological
functioning. My interests in methodology include research design,
data analysis, measurement, and interpretation of research results.
Higher education issues of interest include enhancing diversity
in the academy, pedagogy, and mentoring and advising.
Selected representative publications:
Sugar, J. A., & Cohn, J. (in preparation). A multidimensional
scaling model of quality of life in the elderly.
Sugar, J. A., & Marinelli, R. D. (1997). Healthful aging:
A social perspective. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, 21(4),
Sugar, J. A. (1996). Memory strategies. In Encyclopedia of gerontology.
Age, aging, and the aged (Vol. 2, pp. 119-124). New York: Academic
Sugar, J. A., & McDowd, J. M. (1992). Memory, learning, and
attention. In J. E. Birren, R. B. Sloane, & G. D. Cohen (Eds.),
Handbook of mental health and aging (2nd ed., pp. 307-337). New
York: Academic Press.
Cohn, J., & Sugar, J. A. (1991). Determinants of quality of
life in institutions: Perceptions of frail older residents, staff,
and families. In J. E. Birren, J. E. Lubben, J. C. Rowe, &
D. E. Deutchman (Eds.), The concept and measurement of quality
of life in the frail elderly (pp. 28-49). New York: Academic Press.
You can e-mail Dr. Sugar at firstname.lastname@example.org