Harvey L. Sterns, Ph.D.

Harvey L. Sterns, Ph.D.

Title: Professor Emeritus
Dept/Program: Psychology
Email: hsterns@uakron.edu


Dr. Sterns received his Ph.D. in Life-Span Developmental Psychology from West Virginia University in 1971. His major areas of interest include industrial gerontology, life-span development, training and career development. He is Director of the Institute for Life- Span Development and Gerontology. Courses typically taught include psychology of adulthood and aging, industrial/gerontological psychology, and undergraduate psychology courses. His publications have appeared in many gerontology journals including Experimental Aging Research, The Counseling Psychologist, Journal of Gerontology, Generations, Journal of Applied Gerontology. He has served on the editorial board of Psychology and Aging, The Gerontologist, and Journal of Women and Aging and serves on the editorial boards of Experimental Aging Research and Research on Aging. He is a Fellow of the American Psychology Association, Gerontological Society of America and the American Psychological Society. Current research includes training of adult and older adult workers, personality factors, and retirement adjustment and satisfaction, as well as personality factors in housing choices in retirement. Other research includes alcohol treatment and aging, and life planning issues for older adults with mental retardation.


Sterns, H.L., & Spokus, D.M. (In press 2010). Lifelong Learning and the World of Work. In Philip Taylor (Ed.) Older workers in an ageing society: Criticall topics in research and policy. Oxford: Elsevier.

Sterns, H.L., & Chang, B. (In press 2010). Workforce issue and retirement. In J.C. Cavanaugh, & C.K. Cavanaugh (Eds.). Aging in America, Vol. 3, Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishers.

Sterns, H.L., & Feldman, R.D., & Camp, C.J., & Papalia, D.E. (2009) Desarrollo Del Adulto Y Vejez. Spanish Edition. Mexico: McGraw Hill.

H.L. Sterns & M.A. Bernard (Eds.)(2009) Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Gerontology and Geriatric Education, Volume 28, New York: Springer publishing Company

Sterns, H.L. & Ferraro, K.F. (2009) The evolution of gerontology education over three decades: Reflections and prospects In H.L. Sterns & M.A. Bernard (Eds.)(2009) Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Gerontology and Geriatric Education, Volume 28,pp. 3-12 New York: Springer publishing Company

Sterns, H. L., Lax, G.A.,. & Chang, B. (2008 ). Work and retirement. In B. R. Bonder & M. B. Wagner (Eds.)Functional Performance in Older Adults, 3nd Edition (pp. 311-331). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Company

Rothwell, W.J., Sterns, H.L., Spokus, D. & Reaser, J.M. (2008 ) Working Longer: New Strategies for Managing, Training, and Retaining Older Workers. New York: American Management Association.