Anthony Ong


Anthony Ong

Associate Professor
242 Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
Phone: (607) 255-9993
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Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Statement:

Anthony Ong is Associate Professor of Human Development at Cornell University and Associate 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 author of over 75 scholarly articles and chapters and editor of two academic     volumes. 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 Margaret M. and Paul Baltes Early Career Award in Social and Behavioral Gerontology, and the Merrill Presidential Scholar Award for Teaching. 

Current Research Activities:

Ong's research aims to advance understanding of human development and plasticity across multiple levels of analysis, including neurobiological systems, emotion-cognition interactions, and sociocultural processes. This work is guided by a process model of environmental action that encompasses variation in dual risk and resilience, vantage sensitivity, and     differential susceptibility. His current research interests include the social determinants of health in later adulthood, particularly the role of perceived social belonging and social isolation; the pathways linking positive emotions to disease risks and quality of life in both clinical and healthy populations; and the neurobiology of cultural experience, specifically     the psychobiological mechanisms through which exposure to microaggressions or subtle forms of implicit bias impacts mental and physical health. 

Selected Publications:

Sin, N. L., Graham-Engeland, J. E., Ong, A. D., & Almeida, D. M. (in press). Positive and negative affective responses to daily stressors are associated with inflammation. Health Psychology.

Slatcher. R. B., Selçuk, E., & Ong, A. D. (in press). Partner responsiveness predicts diurnal cortisol profiles 10 years later. Psychological Science.

Ong, A. D., Zautra, A. J., & Reid, M. C. (2015). Chronic pain and the adaptive significance of positive emotions. American Psychologist, 70, 283-284.

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

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 Psychology, 60, 188-199.

Selçuk, E., & Ong, A. D. (2013). Perceived partner responsiveness moderates the association between received                 emotional support and all-cause mortality. Health Psychology, 32, 231-235

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

Ong, A. D., Rothstein, J. D., & Uchino, B. N. (2012). Loneliness accentuates age differences in cardiovascular responses       to social evaluative threat. Psychology and Aging, 27, 190-198.

Ong, A. D., Fuller-Rowell, T. E., Bonanno, G., & Almeida, D. (2011). Spousal loss predicts alterations in diurnal cortisol activity through prospective changes in positive emotion. Health Psychology, 30, 220-227.

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

Ong, A. D., Fuller-Rowell, T. E., & Bonanno, G. A. (2010). Prospective predictors of positive emotions following spousal     loss. Psychology and Aging, 25, 653-660.

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

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.

Ong, A. D., Fuller-Rowell, T. E., & Burrow, A. L. (2009). Racial discrimination and the stress process. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 1259-1271.

Ong, A. D., Bergeman, C., Bisconti, T., & Wallace, K. (2006). Psychological resilience, positive emotions, and adaptation       to stress in later life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 91, 730-749. 

Ong, A. D., & Allaire, J. (2005). Cardiovascular intraindividual variability in later life: The influence of social connectedness and positive emotions. Psychology and Aging, 20, 476-485. 

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

The information on this bio page is taken from the CHE Annual Report.