Dr Kerry Sargent

Research Fellow, Centre for Research in Ageing, Health and Wellbeing
College of Health & Medicine

Areas of expertise

  • Developmental Psychology And Ageing 170102
  • Epidemiology 111706
  • Health Promotion 111712

Research interests

Kerry's primary research explores the psychosocial predictors of positive and healthy ageing. She works on cross-national comparison studies examining differences between countries in retirement expectations, health and psychosocial health outcomes in older adults. She also explores the biopsychosocial factors related to longitudinal change in self-rated health and their predictive quality for major health outcomes and mortality in older adults.

In her current research Kerry is particularly interested in identifying how ageing stereotypes and expectations influence older adults' daily activities, performance, and health behaviours.

Researcher's projects

Implications of wellbeing and flourishing literacy to wellbeing and health policy. 

Healthy ageing and health behaviors across the adult lifespan to reduce the risk of chronic disease in late life: The influence of ageing attitudes and expectations on health behaviors and medical health seeking.

The role of social and individual age-based attitudes on mature-aged workers’ participation decision-making.

Past student projects

The influence of ageing attitudes and expectations on health behaviors and medical help-seeking

Self-perceptions of ageing from a cross-cultural perspective: do collectivist cultures provide a buffering effect for the impact of negative stereotypes about age?

Determinatns of changing lifestyle and health behavior for dementia risk reduction.

 Students expectations of aging: An evaluation of the impact of imagined intergenerational contact and the mediating role of aging anxiety.

You’re only as old as you feel: Age Differences in the Impact of Ageing Expectations on Health Behaviours and Outcomes

The effects of positive and negative stereotype threat on older adults driving performance

The benefits of positive ageing self-perceptions across the life-span: A study of ageing self-stereotypes, personality, and life satisfaction in three age groups“.

Is it better to have loafed that never to have loafed at all?  Social loafing, group evaluation and group accountability in sporting teams.


Projects and Grants

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