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Jennifer Margrett

Title: Associate Professor
Department: Human Development & Family Studies

Office: 4380 Palmer 2222 Osborn Dr, Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 3028
Email: margrett@iastate.edu

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Research interests

  • Adult development and aging
  • Everyday cognition
  • Collaboration
  • Married couples
  • Health and decision making

Published works

Margrett, J. A., Daugherty, K., Martin, P., and MacDonald, M., Davey, A., Woodard, J. L., Miller, L., S., Siegler, I. C., and Poon, L. W. (in press).  Affect and loneliness among centenarians and the oldest old: The role of individual and social resources. Aging and Mental Health.
Poon, L. W., Martin, P., Bishop, A., Cho, J., da Rosa, G., Desphpande, N., Hensley, R., MacDonald, M., Margrett, J., Randall, K., Woodard, J., and Miller, L. S. (in press). Understanding centenarians’ psychosocial dynamics and their contributions to health and quality of life. Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research, Special Issue (D. C. Willcox, B. Willcox, and C. Franceschi, Guest Editors).
Martin, P., MacDonald, M., Margrett, J., and Poon, L. W. (2010). Resilience and longevity: Expert survivorship of centenarians. In P. Fry and C. Keyes (Eds.), New frontiers in resilient aging: Life-strengths and well-being in late life (pp. 213-238). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

Recent Presentations

Margrett, J. A.(2010, May). Georgia Centenarian Study: Cognition. Paper presented at the meeting of the International Consortium of Centenarian Studies, Havana, Cuba. (for the Georgia Centenarian Study Project 4 team).
Margrett, J., Martin, P., MacDonald, M., da Rosa, G., Hsieh, W., Bishop, A., Randall, G.K., and Poon, L. W. (2010, May). Exceptional longevity: The case for resilience and vitality in late life. Presented at the annual meeting of the Réseau Espérance de Vie en Santé (REVES). Havana, Cuba. 
Margrett, J. A., Reese-Melancon, C., Young, S., Temple, L., and Linde, A. P. (2010, April). Collaborative effects on adults’ prospective memory performance. Poster presented at the biannual Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.


  • Ph.D., Wayne State University, 1999
  • M.A., University of Dayton, 1995
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, 1992

Professional organizations

  • American Psychological Association
  • Gerontological Association of America

Recent funded grants

  • Margrett, Jennifer - USDA NIFA Rural Health and Safety Education.  “Promoting Older Adult Wellness through an Intergenerational Physical Activity Program.” (Co-PI with Warren Franke, and Sarah Francis). $137,468. 11/1/2010 – 10/31/2011.