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Why do some people age more successfully than others? How do some individuals manage to maintain high self-esteem, good physical health, and a positive outlook on life in spite of facing the same adversities that lead others to give up, get sick, or lose hope? What are the behavioral, psychological, environmental, and social factors that help people to cope with life’s stresses? These are some of the questions we are hoping to answer. Our goal in the Adult Development & Aging Lab is to advance understanding of the multiple pathways that lead to successful development across the lifespan.

In the NEWS:


April 2022 NIH News in Health

Nurture Your Resilience

Bouncing Back From Difficult Times

Recently, Professor Bergeman was interviewed about resilience and bouncing back. A link to the April 2022 article can be found here



In March of 2020 our lab went into hibernation due to COVID-19. The University changed to online classes and our lab members started working on analyzing previously collected data from their homes. In order to capture the impact of the pandemic we collected our first wave of COVID data online in April 2020. Data was collected for 28 days from a large portion of our research volunteers. In late September 2020 we collected our 2nd wave of COVID data. We are so grateful for all of you who have taken the time to participate in the study. Please check out our January 2021 newsletter for more information on whats going on in the ADA lab. Read the newsletter here : Jan 2021 Lab Newsletter


All-Faculty Team

Thomas Burish awarding Cindy Bergeman
Provost Thomas Burish and Cindy Bergeman

In the Fall of 2019, Professor Bergeman was awarded for her excellence in teaching and being an outstanding faculty member at Notre Dame by Provost Tom Burish. Cindy was recognized at the October 5th football halftime show vs. Bowling Green. See the halftime here: Oct 5th ND vs. Bowling Green halftime




Article recently published by Notre Dame Research

Video from the Alumni Career learning series.

Published: April 2017

Published: September 2016

About Us

The Adult Development & Aging Lab is a research lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. It is directed by Dr. Cindy Bergeman. Funding for the lab is largely grant based. The size and scope of the lab fluctuates with the needs of the studies as they are conducted.

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Contact Us

Cindy Bergeman
Department of Psychology
(574) 631-0881