Brian D. Carpenter, Ph.D.

Brian D. Carpenter, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Carpenter's research focuses on the clinical psychology of aging, with an emphasis on family relationships in later life. Recent work explores the ways family members and healthcare professionals collaborate with older adults. Another line of research examines what people understand about Alzheimer's disease and how best to educate people about dementia. Finally, he also explores various facets of end-of-life care.


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
Case Western Reserve University

B.A., English/Psychology
Williams College

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Clinical Psychology
Philadelphia Geriatric Center

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Geriatric Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Palliative Care
Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center


Introduction to Psychology

Social Gerontology

Living, Dying, & Death

When I'm Sixty-Four: Transforming Your Future

Clinical Psychology of Aging I: Assessment

Clinical Psychology of Aging II: Interventions

Recent Publications



Porensky, E.K., & Carpenter, B.D. (In press). Breaking bad news: Effects of forecasting diagnosis and framing prognosis. Patient Education & Counseling.

Kozlov, E., Carpenter, B.D., Thorsten, M., Heiland, M., & Agarwal, A. (In press). Timing of palliative care consultations and recommendations: Understanding the variability. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. DOI: 10.1177/1049909114543322.

Carpenter, B.D. (2015). Geropsychological practice with people near the end of life. In P.A. Lichtenberg & B.T. Mast (Eds.), Handbook of professional geropsychology. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Gooblar, J., Carpenter, B.D., Coats, M.A., Morris, J.C., & Snider, B.J. (2015). The influence of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers on clinical dementia evaluations. Alzheimer’s & Dementia, 11, 533-540.