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 80 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:

In the broadest sense, Ong's research focuses on the dynamic processes that underlie expressions of vulnerability and resilience 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. Employing novel research designs and analyses that maximize ecological validity, this research 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 chronic exposure to subtle forms of everyday bias and unfair treatment impacts mental and physical health. 

Selected Publications:

Ong, A. D., Uchino, B., & Wethington, E. (in press). Loneliness and health in older adults: A review and synthesis. Gerontology. pdf

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. pdf

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

Slatcher. R. B., Selçuk, E., & Ong, A. D. (2015). Partner responsiveness predicts diurnal cortisol profiles 10 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., 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

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

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

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. 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. 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. 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. E., & 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. E., & Burrow, A. L. (2009). Racial discrimination and the stress process. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 96, 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., 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. 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., & 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., & Bergeman, C. S. (2004). The complexity of emotions in later life. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 59B, P55-60. 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 discrepancies in immigrant and non-immigrant families. Child Development, 71, 528-539. pdf


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