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Courtney Allyn Polenick

Research Fellow, Psychiatry, Medical School.
Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Penn State University
Dr. Polenick is a lifespan developmental psychologist whose research interests include mental health in middle and late adulthood - in particular the interpersonal factors and processes that are beneficial or detrimental to mental health as we age. She examines parent-child and marital relationships in the context of caregiving and the exchange of everyday types of social support, investigating how factors such as gender, beliefs about helping family members, attributions related to a relative's illness, and relationship quality interact to shape psychological well-being.