UW Oshkosh

Board of Academic Advisors

Susan McFaddenSusan H. McFadden

Susan H. McFadden, PhD is Professor of Psychology, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. She received her PhD in Psychology and Religion from Drew University in 1985. She is a Fellow of Division 36 (Psychology of Religion), American Psychological Association, and has been active in both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Society on Aging in bringing together researchers and practitioners interested in religion, spirituality, and aging. Dr. McFadden serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Religion, Spirituality and Aging, International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, and International Journal of Aging and Human Development. She co-edited the two volumes of Aging, Spirituality and Religion: A Handbook. Other co-edited books include New Directions in the Study of Late Life Religiousness and Spirituality, Aging and the Meaning of Time, and Handbook of Emotion, Adult Development and Aging. She co-authored The Role of Emotions in Social and Personality Development: History, Theory, and Research and has published over 30 articles and chapters in the general area of religion, spirituality, and emotion in late life. Dr. McFadden also works with people at various points in the progress of dementia. She is interested in how participation in creative expression programs influences social interactions and behavioral expressions of well-being by people with advanced dementia. Future plans include a year-long sabbatical (2007-2008) to investigate the existential and spiritual concerns of people who have received the diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment or early stage Alzheimer’s disease.