Faculty Associates

Elliot M. Friedman

Contact Information
Email: efriedman@purdue.edu
Office: HNLY 249 Map
Phone: 765-496-6378
Fax: 765-496-1144
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William and Sally Berner Hanley Professor of Gerontology, Department of Human Development and Family Science

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Pillars of Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

Enhancing Biological and Physical Function in Later Life; Social Contexts and Policy for Optimal Aging


PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison Behavioral Neuroscience 1993

Research Interests

Psychosocial influences on biological regulation and health in aging adults; positive psychological functioning and healthy aging

Teaching Interests

Adult development and aging; lifespan development


2020 - National Institutes of Health
2020 - Purdue Research Foundation
2020 - Purdue Office of the Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships

Selected Publications

Friedman, E.M., Franks, M.M., Teas, E.A., & Thomas, P.A. (2024). Social connectedness, functional capacity, and longevity: A focus on positive relations with others. Social Science and Medicine.

Friedman, E. M., & Teas, E. (2023). Self-rated health and mortality: Moderation by purpose in life. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(12), 6171.

Teas, E., Marceau, K., & Friedman, E. (2023). Life-course social connectedness: Comparing data-driven and theoretical classifications as predictors of functional limitations in adulthood. Advances in Life Course Research, 55, 100529.

Ferraro, K. F., Sauerteig-Rolston, M. R., Barnes, L. L., Friedman, E., Sands, L. P., & Thomas, P. A. (2023). Subjective memory decline predicts incident cognitive impairment among White-but not Black or Hispanic-older adults. The Gerontologist, 63(4), 690-699.

Teas, E., Friedman, E., & Amireault, S. (2022). Purpose in life and personal growth: The unique and joint contribution of physical activity and basic psychological needs. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being, 14: 795-818. https://doi.org/10.1111/aphw.12347

Teas, E., Robertson, O., Marceau, K., & Friedman, E. (2021). Not seeing double: Discordance in disease, function, and their longitudinal associations in monozygotic twins. Psychosomatic Medicine, 83(7), 724-732.

Teas, E., & Friedman, E. (2021). Sleep and functional capacity in adults: Cross-sectional associations among self-report and objective assessments. Sleep Health, 7(2), 198-204.

Mesas, A.E., Peppard, P.E., Hale, L., Friedman, E.M., Nieto, F.J., & Hagen, E.W. (2020). Individuals' perceptions of social support from family and friends is associated with lower risk of sleep complaints and short sleep duration. Sleep Health, 6: 110-116.

Mishra, A.A., Friedman, E.M., Mihalec-Adkins, B.P., Evich, C.D., Christ, S.L. & Marceau, K.M. (2019). Childhood maltreatment exposure and physical functional limitations in late adulthood: examining subjective sleep quality in midlife as a mediator. Psychology and Health, 35: 573-592. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08870446.2019.1657576

Rector, J.L., Marceau, K., & Friedman, E.M. (2019). Moderation of the association between chronic medical conditions and functional limitations over time by physical activity: Effects of age. Journals of Gerontology, Medical Sciences, 75: 168-174. https://doi.org/10.1093/gerona/glz020

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