Welcome to the Purpose, Aging, Transitions, and Health (PATH) Lab at Washington University! Our research program considers a variety of topics related to the role of dispositional traits in promoting healthy aging throughout the lifespan. Here are the four broad topics that guide our work, and click on the "Join Us" link to learn more about our current endeavors and specific research goals of interest.
1) Understanding the benefits of having a purpose in life, and how best to promote a sense of direction across the lifespan
2) Linking individual dispositions (sense of purpose, personality traits, goals, etc.) to health outcomes, particularly in older adulthood
3) Considering how to promote adaptive transitions into college, the workplace, and retirement
4) Identifying the benefits (and possible detriments) associated with pro-social personality characteristics, as well as the mechanisms involved in linking these traits to healthy aging
The website is currently under construction, so make sure to visit again for updates on ongoing projects and information about lab members. Dr. Hill will be accepting new graduate and undergraduate lab members to start in Fall 2017.