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Susan McFadden, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita

Office: Clow Faculty 22
Phone: (920) 424-2308
Email: mcfadden@uwosh.edu

Susan McFadden, Professor of Psychology, has taught at UW Oshkosh since 1985. Her main interests are in the area of adult development and aging and the psychology of religion. She has combined these interests in a number of research projects and scholarly articles that address the role of religion and spirituality in adjustment to the aging process. Dr. McFadden also works with people with advanced dementia. She is interested in their expressions of creativity, emotion, and sociability, as well as the effects of their living environments on their behavior.

Dr. McFadden has many years of teaching experience. She taught high school psychology for one year while she worked on her Master's degree. After earning that degree, she taught psychology at a large community college in New Jersey before she moved to Wisconsin in 1983 and completed her doctoral work in 1984. It has been exciting for her to observe the many changes and developments in psychology since she received her Bachelor's degree from Bucknell University in 1970. She enjoys working with students, especially when they ask good questions and get involved in conducting research.

Dr. McFadden received her Ph.D. from Drew University in Madison, NJ. Along the way, from her B.A. to her Ph.D., two children, Kate and Colin, entered her life. She hasn't had much time to develop hobbies through these busy years, although she does love to putter in her flower garden, take long walks, and, of course, read, read, read. She and her husband have a tiny cabin in the Upper Peninsula near Munising where they go for hammock-sitting and eagle-watching, as well as kayaking on Lake Superior.

Recent Book

  • McFadden, S. H., & McFadden, J. T. (In press).  Aging together: Dementia, friendship, and flourishing communities.  Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Perlman, B., McCann, L. I., & McFadden, S. H. (Eds.). (2008).  Lessons learned: Practical advice for the teaching of psychology (Vol. 3).  Washington, DC: Association for Psychological Science.
  • Recent Book Chapters
  • McFadden, S. H. (In press).  Aging, psychology of.  In N. P. Azari (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Sciences and Religions.  Heidelberg, Germany: Springer.
  • Roush, R. E., Braun, M., Basting, A., Winakur, J., Rosenberg, R., & McFadden, S. H. (2011).  Using the arts to promote resiliency among persons with dementia and their caregivers.  In B. Resnick, L. Gwyther, & K. A. Roberto (Eds.), Resilience in aging: Concepts, research, and outcomes (pp. 105-120).  New York: Springer.
  • Perlman, B., McCann, L. I., & McFadden, S. H. (2008).  Observations on teaching: Fifteen years of Teaching Tips.  In B. Perlman, L. I. McCann, & S. H. McFadden (Eds.), Lessons learned: Practical advice for the teaching of psychology (Vol. 3, pp. 337-346).  Washington, DC: Association for Psychological Science.
  • McFadden, S. H. (2007).  Religion and spirituality.  In J. E. Birren (Editor-in-Chief), Encyclopedia of gerontology: Age, aging, and the aged (2nd ed., pp. 410-417).  Oxford, England: Elsevier.
  • Recent Journal Articles
  • McFadden, S. H., Kimble, M. A., Ellor, J. W., Seeber, J. E., & Rost, R. (2011).  The Center on Aging, Religion, and Spirituality:  Lessons learned.  Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 23, 62-76.
  • Ellor, J. W., & McFadden, S. H. (2011).  Perceptions of the roles of religion and spirituality in the work and lives of professionals in gerontology:  Views of the present and expectations about the future.  Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 23, 50-61.
  • O’Connor, M. L., & McFadden, S. H. (2010).  Development and psychometric validation of the Dementia Attitudes Scale.  International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.  doi:10.4061/2010/454218 [http://www.sage-hindawi.com/journals/ijad/2010/454218.ref.html]
  • McFadden, S. H., & Basting, A. (2010).  Healthy aging persons and their brains: Promoting resilience through creative engagement.   Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, 26(1), 149-161.  doi:10.1016/j.cger.2009.11.004
  • McFadden, S. H., & Lunsman, M. (2010). Continuity in the midst of change:  Behaviors of residents relocated from a nursing home environment to small households.  American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 25, 51-57. doi:10.1177/1533317508320088.
  • Shors, T., & McFadden, S. H. (2009).  Facilitated learning through interdisciplinary undergraduate research involving retrospective epidemiological studies and memories of older adults.  Council on Undergraduate Research Focus, 30(2), 36-41.
  • Shors, T., & McFadden, S. H. (2009).  1918 influenza: A Winnebago County, Wisconsin perspective.  Clinical Medicine & Research, 7, 147-156. doi:10.3121/cmr.2009.863.
  • McFadden, S. H. (2009).  Universality and particularity: Reflections on Glicksman’s critique of the study of religion and spirituality among older persons.  Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 21, 268-271.
  • McFadden, S. H., & Lunsman, M. (2009).  Arts involvement and spirituality as sources of well-being in older people.  Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 21, 330-343.
  • McFadden, S. H., & Kozberg, C. (2008).  Religious and spiritual supports for late-life meaning.  In S. H. McFadden & C. Kozberg (Eds.), Religion, spirituality, and meaning in later life [Entire issue].  Generations, 32(2), 6-11.
  • McFadden, S. H., Frank, V., & Dysert, A. (2008).  Creativity in the “now” of advanced dementia: Glimpses of the lifeworld through storytelling and painting.  Journal of Aging, Humanities, and the Arts, 2, 135-149.
  • McFadden, S. H. (2008).  The “persistent problems” in the psychology of religion and aging: A view of the past and a look to the future.  Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 20(1-2), 77-94.
  • McFadden, S. H. (2008).  Healing, health care, and spirituality.  The Gerontologist, 48, 126-130.
  • McFadden, S. H. (2008). Mindfulness, vulnerability and love: Spiritual lessons from frail elders, earnest young pilgrims, and middle aged rockers.  Journal of Aging Studies, 22, 132-139.
  • McFadden, S. H. (2007).  Nachgefragt:  Interview mit Prof. Susan McFadden.  DeSS Orientiert (Dementia Support Stuttgart) (G. Kreutzner, Trans.), 2(2), 51-55.  Retrieved from http://www.demenz-support.de/?action=publikation
  • Vreven, D., & McFadden, S. H. (2007).  An empirical assessment of cooperative groups in large, time-compressed introductory courses.  Innovative Higher Education, 32, 85-92.
  • McFadden, S. H. (2006).  Learning about life by studying death.  The Gerontologist, 46, 551-554.

Recent Presentations at Professional Meetings

  • McFadden, S. H. (2010, November).  Respondent.  In D. Ekerdt (Chair),  Death as the final transition.  Behavioral and Social Sciences Presidential Symposium, Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA.
  • McFadden, S. H., Tornow, A., Subramony, R., & Diekfuss, J. (2010, November).  Grandparent influences on college students’ religious beliefs, behaviors, and questions: What role does dementia play?  Poster presented at the meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA.
  • Ellor, J. W., & McFadden, S. H. (2010, November).  Professional gerontologists view the future of religion and spirituality.  Poster presented at the meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA.
  • Gavel, D., & McFadden, S. H. (2010, November).  Patterns of social behavior and descriptions of friendship among persons with dementia.  Poster presented at the meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA.
  • Desai, A., McFadden, S. H., & McFadden, J. T. (2010, May).  Resilience in body, mind and spirit..  Symposium presented at the meeting of the annual Wisconsin State Conference of the Alzheimer’s Association, Wisconsin Dells, WI.
  • McFadden, S. H. (Chair). (2010, March).  Gay or straight: Dementia does not discriminate.  Symposium presented at the meeting of the American Society on Aging, Chicago, IL.
  • Ellor, J. W., & McFadden, S. H. (2010, March).  Findings of the survey of aging professionals on the future of religion and spirituality.  Paper presented at the meeting of the American Society on Aging, Chicago, IL.
  • McFadden, S. H. (2009, November).  Resilience and creative engagement: The role of relationships.  In R. Roush (Chair), Creative approaches to healthy aging: Using the arts to help persons live with dementia.  Symposium presented at the meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta, GA.
  • McFadden, S. H. (2009, November).  Creative expression reveals the spiritual intelligence of persons living with dementia.  In M. Brennan (Chair), Creative approaches to the study of spirituality in later life.  Symposium presented at the meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta, GA.
  • McFadden, S. H., Subramony, R., & Mullins, B. (2009, November).  Grandparents’ influences on college students’ religiousness: Does dementia matter?  Poster presented at the meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Atlanta, GA.
  • Basting, A.D, & McFadden, S. H. (2009, October).  The creativity frame: Exploring the art of care and caring through the arts.  Symposium presented at the meeting of the Wisconsin Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Green Bay, WI.
  • McFadden, S. H. (2009, June).  A lifespan development perspective on religion and health care.  Paper presented at a conference on “Conceptual foundations of religious constructs in the context of health care: A lifespan perspective,” University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland.
  • Desai, A., McFadden, S. H., & McFadden, J. T. (2009, May).  Holistic approaches to relieving pain in people with dementia.  Symposium presented at the meeting of the annual Wisconsin State Conference of the Alzheimer’s Association, Stevens Point, WI.
  • Lunsman, M., & McFadden, S. H. (2008, November).  A terror management perspective on attitudes toward Alzheimer’s disease.  Poster presented at the meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Baltimore, MD.
  • McFadden, S. H. (2008, May).  Nourishing the human spirit through creative expression.  Paper presented at the meeting of the Society for the Arts in Dementia Care, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Lunsman, M., & McFadden, S. H. (2008, May).  Do weekly tai chi and massage therapy sessions increase social behaviors in older adults with dementia? Poster presented at the meeting of Alzheimer Europe, Oslo, Norway.
  • McFadden, S. H. (2008, May).  Roles and relationships: The person with early stage dementia and the local community.  Paper presented at the meeting of Alzheimer Europe, Oslo, Norway.
  • Lunsman, M., McFadden, S. H., Gutsche, A., Lindorfer, M., & McCarty, K. (2008, April).  Assessing and facilitating social behaviors in long-term care residents with dementia.  Poster presented at the Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.
  • McFadden, S. H. (2007, November).  What’s missing? Reflections on current scales and measures of religiousness and spirituality.  In M. Brennan & A. Ai (Chairs), Cultural and sectarian dispositions of religiousness and spirituality measures.  Symposium presented at the meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, CA.
  • McFadden, S. H., Lunsman, M., & Andel, R. (2007, November).  Comparative analysis and interrater reliability of the Oshkosh Social Behaviors Checklist (OSBC) for persons with dementia.  Poster presented at the meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, CA.
  • McFadden, S. H. (2007, November).  When grandma or grandpa has dementia: Young adults’ reflections on how frail grandparents have influenced their religious lives.  In N. Putney & V. Bengtson (Chairs), Intergenerational dynamics over the life course: Does religion matter.  Symposium presented at the meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, San Francisco, CA.
  • Knepple, A., & McFadden, S. H. (2007, March).  A comparison of how old and new friends are perceived by older adults in the US and Brazil.  Poster presented at the meeting of the American Society on Aging, Chicago, IL.
  • Linberts, J., June, A., & McFadden, S. H. (2007, March).  Lack of implicit age stereotypes in young, middle-aged and older adults.  Poster presented at the meeting of the American Society on Aging, Chicago, IL.
  • McFadden, S. H., Frank, V., & Dysert, A. (2006, November).  Creativity in the “now” of late stage dementia.  In A. Basting (Chair), How to lasso the moon: Creativity and dementia research.  Symposium presented at the meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Dallas, TX.
  • Lunsman, M., & McFadden, S. H. (2006, November).  Convergent validity evidence for the Lunsman Dementia Attitudes Scale.  Poster presented at the meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Dallas, TX.
  • Lunsman, M., McFadden, S. H., Petkus, A., & Wolff, A. (2006, November).  The effect of participation in a structured group activity on social behaviors of residents with dementia.  In R. Sterns, S. H. McFadden, & D. Lindeman (Chairs), Imagination in interventions: Transforming resident/staff expectations and outcomes through education in long-term care.  Symposium presented at the meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Dallas, TX.
  • McFadden, S. H., Lunsman, M., Papenfuss, S., & Grundman, C. (2006, November).  Arts involvement and spirituality as sources of well-being in older people.  Poster presented at the meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Dallas, TX.
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