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 90 scholarly articles and chapters and co-editor the American Psychological Association volume, Emotion, Aging, and Health (Bronfenbrenner Series on the Ecology of Human Development), as well as the Oxford Handbook of Methods in Positive PsychologyHis 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. This work is guided by a process model of environmental action that encompasses variation in dual risk and resilience, vantage sensitivity, and differential susceptibility. In recent years, he has pursued four main lines of research: (i) the pathways linking positive emotions to quality living and health morbidities in both clinical and healthy populations;           (ii) the social determinants of health in later adulthood, particulary the role of social isolation and loneliness; (iii) the biological residue of everyday discrimination, specifically the physiological mechanisms through which subtle forms of recurring 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 of 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 publications are provided 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. 

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

Ong, A. D., Williams, D. R., Ujuonu, N., & Gruenewald, T. (in press). Everyday unfair treatment and multisystem     biological dysregulation in African-American adults. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology. 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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Selçuk, E., Günaydin, 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               

Sturgeon, J. A., Arewasikporn, A., Okun, M., Davis, M., 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
Thoemmes, F. & Ong, A. D. (2016). A primer on inverse-probability-of-treatment weighting and marginal structural     models. Emerging Adulthood, 4, 40-59. 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

                                                                                                                                                                                        Slatcher. R. B., Selçuk, E., & Ong, A. D. (2015). Perceived partner responsiveness predicts diurnal cortisol profiles ten         years later. Psychological Science, 26, 972-982. 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., 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. pdf

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. pdf

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. pdf

Coccaro, E. F., Ong, A. D., Seroczynski, D., & Bergeman, C. S. (2012). Affective intensity and lability: Heritability in adult male twins. Journal of Affective Disorders, 136, 1011-1016. 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

Johansson, G., Evans, G. W., Cederström, C., Rydstedt, L. W, Fuller-Rowell, T. E., & Ong, A. D. (2012). Influence of urban bus driving on cardiovascular and musculoskeletal disorders: Evidence from a longitudinal quasi-experimental study. Psychosomatic Medicine, 74, 89-92. pdf

Ong, A. D., Burrow, A. L., & Fuller-Rowell, T. (2012). Positive emotions and the social broadening effects of Barack Obama. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 18, 424-428. pdf

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

Ong, A. D., Mroczek, D. K., & Riffin, C. (2011). The health significance of positive emotions in adulthood and later life.         Social and Personality Compass5, 538-551. 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., Fuller-Rowell, T., & Bonanno, G. A. (2010). Prospective predictors of positive emotions following spousal loss. Psychology and Aging, 25, 653-660. 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., & Boker, S. M. (2009). Resilience comes of age: Defining features in later adulthood.               Journal of Personality, 77, 1777-1804. pdf

Ong, A. D., Fuller-Rowell, T., & Burrow, A. L. (2009). Racial discrimination and the stress process. Journal of Personality     and Social Psychology, 96, 1259–1271. 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 Psychology, 91, 730-749. pdf

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. pdf

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

Ong, A. D., Bergeman, C. S., & Bisconti, T. L. (2004). The role of daily positive emotions during conjugal bereavement. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 59B, P158-167. pdf

Ong, A. D. & Weiss, D. J. (2000). The impact of anonymity on responses to sensitive questions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 30, 1691-1708. pdf

Phinney, J. S., Ong, A. D., & Madden, T. (2000). Cultural values and intergenerational value discrepancies in immigrant     and non-immigrant families. Child Development, 71, 528-539. pdf

Selected Keywords:
health, positive emotions, social belong, social isolation, culture

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