Texas Aging and Longevity Center

Social Environment and Aging Faculty

Scientists in the Social Environment and Aging area understand aging through the lens of social and behavioral science, nursing, sociology, public affairs, and architecture. These researchers focus on understanding and improving aging by examining how social characteristics of individuals and groups impact physical, psychological, and social quality of life. They also examine how different social environments promote variation in health outcomes such as morbidity and mortality rates.

Gayle Acton, PhD, RN, CS

Asociate Dean of Nursing

Assistant Professor of Nursing


 Jacqueline Angel, PhD

Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology


Karen Fingerman, PhD

Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences

Co-Director of Texas Aging & Longevity Center


Mark Hayward, PhD

Professor of Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies


Jungfeng Jiao, PhD

Assistant Professor of Architecture


Chandra Muller, PhD

Professor of Sociology


Lisa Neff, PhD

Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences


 Charles Nemeroff, MD, PhD

Director of Early Life Adversity Research Institute

Professor of Psychiatry


Elliot Tucker-Drob, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry


Debra Umberson, PhD

Professor of Sociology and Social Work

Director of the Population Research Center

Co-Director of Texas Aging & Longevity Center