Anthony Ong


Anthony Ong

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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:

Anthony Ong is Professor of Human Development at Cornell University and Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Southern California where he was an NIH Predoctoral Fellow in Neurobiology and Aging, and he completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Notre Dame. He is the co-editor of Emotion, Aging, and Health with Corinna Löckenhoff and the Oxford Handbook of Methods in Positive Psychology with Manfred van Dulmen. His research and teaching have been recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Gerontological Society of America, and he is the recipient of the APA Springer Early Career Achievement Award in Research on Adult Development and Aging, the Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Early Career Award in Social and Behavioral Gerontology, and the Merrill Presidential Scholar Award for Teaching. 

In the broadest sense, Ong's research focuses on the dynamic processes that underlie expressions of vulnerability and adaptation across the lifespan. His work aims to advance understanding of human development and plasticity across multiple levels of analysis, including emotion-cognition interactions, sociocultural processes, and neurobiological systems. In recent years, he has pursued four main lines of research that have demonstrated relevance for understanding variation in dual risk and resilience, vantage sensitivity, and differential susceptibility: (i) the pathways linking positive emotions to quality living and health morbidities in both healthy and clinical populations; (ii) the social determinants of health in later adulthood, particularly the role of social isolation and loneliness; (iii) ethnic-racial identity processes and the biological residue of everyday discrimination, specifically the physiological mechanisms through which subtle forms of bias and unfair treatment get under the skin to affect disease susceptibility; and (iv) the nature of perceived responsiveness in close relationships, its biological grounding, and relevance for hedonic and evaluative well-being.

Administrative Responsibilities:

Director of Undergraduate Honors Program, Human Development                                                                                               Director Graduate Studies, Human Development                                                                                                                     Committee on Academic Status, College of Human Ecology                                                                                                           Academic Integrity Hearing Board, College of Human Ecology

Selected Publications:

Electronic versions of selective publications by topics are provided below as a professional courtesy to ensure timely dissemination of academic work for noncommercial use. Copyright resides with the respective copyright holders, as stated within each publication. 

Positive Emotions & Health

Ong, A. D., Kim, S., Young, S., & Steptoe, A. (in press). Positive affect and sleep: A systematic review. Sleep Medicine Reviewspdf

Ong, A. D., & Ram, N. (2017). Fragile and enduring positive affect: Implications for adaptive aging. Gerontology, 63, 263-269. pdf

Ong, A. D., Burrow, A. L., & Cerrada, C. (2016). Seeing the other in the self: The impact of Barack Obama and cultural socialization on perceptions of self-other overlap among African Americans. Social Cognition, 34, 589-603. pdf

Ong, A. D., Exner-Cortens, D., Riffin, C., Steptoe, A., Zautra, A., & Almeida, D. (2013). Linking stable and dynamic features of     positive affect to sleep. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 46, 52-61. pdf

Ong, A. D., Fuller-Rowell, T., Bonanno, G. A., & Almeida, D. (2011). Spousal loss predicts alterations in diurnal cortisol activity through prospective changes in positive emotion. Health Psychology30, 220-227. pdf

Ong, A. D. (2010). Pathways linking positive emotion and health in later life. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19, 358-362. pdf

Ong, A. D., Zautra, A. J., & Reid, M. C. (2010). Psychological resilience predicts decreases in pain catastrophizing through positive emotions. Psychology and Aging, 25, 516-523. pdf

Ong, A. D., Bergeman, C. S., Bisconti, T. L., & Wallace, K. A. (2006). Psychological resilience, positive emotions, and successful adaptation to stress in later life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology91, 730-749. pdf

Socal & Emotional Aging

Benson, L., Ram, N., Almeida, D., Zautra, A., & Ong, A. D. (in press). Fusing biodiversity metrics into investigations of daily life and healthy aging: Recommendations and illustrations with emodiversity. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. pdf

Ong, A. D., Uchino, B., & Wethington, E. (2016). Loneliness and health in older adults: A mini-review and synthesis. Gerontology,     62, 443-449. pdf        

Sturgeon, J. A., Arewasikporn, A., Okun, M. A., Davis, M. C., Ong, A. D., & Zautra, A. J. (2016). The psychosocial context of financial stress: Implications for inflammation and psychological health. Psychosomatic Medicine, 78, 134-143. pdf

Sin, N. L., Graham-Engeland, J. E., Ong, A. D., & Almeida, D. M. (2015). Affective reactivity to daily stressors is associated with inflammation. Health Psychology, 34, 1154-1165. pdf

Zilioli, S., Slatcher, R. B., Ong, A. D., & Gruenewald, T. (2015). Purpose in life predicts allostatic load ten years later. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 79, 451-457. pdf

Ong, A. D., Rothstein, J. D., & Uchino, B. N. (2012). Loneliness accentuates age differences in cardiovascular responses to social evaluative threat. Psychology and Aging27, 190-198. pdf

Ong, A. D., Bergeman, C. S., & Boker, S. M. (2009). Resilience comes of age: Defining features in later adulthood. Journal of Personality, 77, 1777-1804. pdf

Ong, A. D., & Allaire, J. (2005). Cardiovascular intraindividual variability in later life: The influence of social connectedness and     positive emotions. Psychology and Aging20, 476-485. pdf

Ong, A. D., & Bergeman, C. S. (2004). The complexity of emotions in later life. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 59B, P55-60. pdf

Ethnic-Racial Identity & Everyday Discrimination  

Ong, A. D., & Burrow, A. (2017). Microaggressions and daily experience: Depicting life as it is lived. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12, 173-175. pdf

Ong, A. D., Cerrada, C., Lee, R., & Williams, D. R. (2017). Stigma consciousness, racial microaggressions, and sleep disturbance among Asian Americans. Asian American Journal of Psychology, 8, 72-81. pdf

Ong, A. D., Williams, D. R., Ujuonu, N., & Gruenewald, T. L. (2017). Everyday unfair treatment and multisystem biological     dysregulation in African-American adults. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 23, 27-35. pdf

Ong, A. D., Burrow, A. L., Fuller-Rowell, T. E., Ja, N., & Sue, D. W. (2013). Racial microaggressions and daily well-being among     Asian Americans. Journal of Counseling Psychology60, 188-199. pdf

Fuller-Rowell, T. E., Evans, G. W., & Ong, A. D. (2012). Poverty and health: The mediating role of perceived discrimination. Psychological Science, 23, 734-739. pdf

Fuller-Rowell, T. E., Burrow, A. L., & Ong, A. D. (2011). Changes in racial identity among African American college students following the election of Barack Obama. Developmental Psychology, 47, 1608-1618. pdf

Ong, A. D., Fuller-Rowell, T., & Burrow, A. L. (2009). Racial discrimination and the stress process. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology96, 1259–1271. pdf

Phinney, J. S., & Ong, A. D. (2007). Conceptualization and measurement of ethnic identity: Current status and future directions. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 54, 271-281. pdf

Ong, A. D., Phinney, J. S., & Dennis, J. (2006). Competence under challenge: Exploring the protective role of parental support and ethnic identity in Latino college students. Journal of Adolescence, 29, 961-979. pdf

Perceived Partner Responsiveness in Close Relationships 

Selçuk, E., Stanton, S., Slatcher, R., & Ong. A. D. (2017). Perceived partner responsiveness predicts better sleep quality through lower anxiety. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 8, 83-92pdf

Selçuk, E., Günaydün, G., Ong, A. D., & Almeida, D. M. (2016). Does perceived partner responsiveness predict hedonic and eudaimonic well-being? A 10-year longitudinal study. Journal of Marriage and Family, 78, 311-325. pdf

Slatcher. R. B., Selçuk, E., & Ong, A. D. (2015). Perceived partner responsiveness predicts diurnal cortisol profiles ten years later. Psychological Science26, 972-982. pdf

Selçuk, E., & Ong, A. D. (2013). Perceived partner responsiveness moderates the association between received emotional support and all-cause mortality. Health Psychology32, 231-235. pdf  

Selected Keywords:
health, aging, stress, positive emotions, culture

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