Educational Background:

  • B.S., Psychology, Yale University
  • Ph.D., Clinical and Personality Psychology, Duke University

Administrative Experience:

  • 2008-2015: Provost, Bucknell University
  • 1994-2006: Dean, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, Assoc VP of Research, Boston College

Research Interests:

I am interested in the impact of context on individuals' experience of aging, most recently, the possible impacts of climate change on older adults.

My current project, Graying Green: Climate action for an aging world, draws on climate communication, the psychology of aging and human-centered design to move people from anxiety to action to habit on climate issues. Graying Green views older adults as not only potential victims of climate change, but also as potential leaders of climate action.


The Stanford Fellows, 2016-17, You Can Design Impact at Scale

Dr. Mick Smyer: You Can Design Climate Change

Selected Publications

Smyer, M.A. (2017). Greening Gray: Climate Action for an Aging World. Public Policy & Aging Report, 27(1), 4-7.

Smyer, Michael A. (2016). Picture this: A clean and healthy bay. San Francisco Examiner, June 5, 2016.

Gatz, M, Smyer, M.A. & DiGiglio, D. (2016). Psychology's contribution to the well being of older Americans. American Psychologist, 71(4), 257-26

Smyer, M.A. (2016). Is there a Secret to Aging Well? Solutions, 7(1), 55-61.

Learn more by viewing my curriculum vitae (pdf)


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