Mara Mather


2011- Professor of Gerontology and Psychology, University of Southern California
2008-2011 Associate Professor of Gerontology and Psychology, University of Southern California
2004-2007 Associate Professor of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz
2001-2004 Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz
2000 Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology Department, Stanford University
1994-1995 Research Assistant, Memory Disorders Research Center, Boston VA Medical Center and Boston University


2000 Princeton University; Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology
1994Stanford University; A.B. in Psychology, with distinction and honors

Awards and Honors

2014-2015 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship
2010 American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology
2009-2014 NIH K02 Career Development Award, "Brain Mechanisms of Emotion-Cognition Interactions in Aging"
2009 Outstanding Faculty Award for Exceptional Service, USC Davis School of Gerontology
2007 Richard Kalish Innovative Publication Award from the Gerontological Society of America (for Mather & Knight, 2005)
2007 Excellence in Teaching Award from the UC Santa Cruz Committee on Teaching
2005 Springer Early Career Achievement Award in Research on Adult Development and Aging
2004 Scholar, Summer Institute on Emotion and Choice, Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Science
2001 Margret M. Baltes Dissertation Award
1998 American Psychological Association Dissertation Research Award
1997-1999 Princeton Wilson Fellowship awarded by the Princeton Society of Fellows of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation
1997 Fellow, McDonnell Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience
1995 Princeton Psychology Department First-Year Merit Prize
1995-2000 National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
1991 Stanford President's Award for Academic Excellence


2015-2017 Principal Investigator, R21, "Effect of Estrogen on Working Memory During Stress," National Institute on Aging
2014-2016 Principal Investigator, R01, "Stereotype Threat in Older Adults," National Institute on Aging
2011-2016 Principal Investigator, R01, "Aging and Emotional Memory," National Institute on Aging
2010-2015 Principal Investigator, R01, "The Effects of Stress on Neural Processing of Reward and Risk," National Institute on Aging
2007-2010 Principal Investigator, R21, "The Effects of Stress on Reward Learning Among Younger and Older Adults," National Institute on Aging
2004-2009 Principal Investigator, R01, "The Impact of Emotion Regulation on Cognition in Aging," National Institute on Aging
2001-2004 Principal Investigator, "Remembering Choices," National Science Foundation
2001-2005 Co-Investigator, "Disutility of Functional Limitations in the Elderly," National Institute on Aging, PI: Mary Goldstein

Editorial Positions

2007-2009 Associate Editor, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
2006- Editorial Board, Emotion
2005- Editorial Board, Psychology and Aging
2007-2008 Editorial Board, Psychological Science
2006-2007 Editorial Board, Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition
2004-2007 Editorial Board, Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences


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More Information

See the Emotion & Cognition Lab for more information.