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Jennifer Margrett


Title: Interim Associate Dean / Professor
Department: Human Sciences Administration / Human Development and 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 optimal aging
  • Cognition and everyday functioning
  • Whole-person well-being
  • Environment, context, and support including rurality, relationships, and technology
  • Gerontology education

Selected Publications

Martin, P., Poon, L. W., Lee, K., Baek, Y., & Margrett, J. A. (2018). Successful aging: The role of cognition, personality, and whole-person wellness. In S. Ahmad (Ed.), Aging: Exploring a complex phenomenon (pp. 525-541). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press-Taylor and Francis.

Obhi, H.K., Margrett, J.A., Su, Y., Francis, S.F., Lee, Y., Crawford, D.A., & Franke, W.D.  (2017). Gerontological education: Course and experiential differences across academic colleges. Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1080/02701960.2017.1373348

Sowle, A. J., Francis, S. L., Margrett, J. A., Shelley, M. C., & Franke, W. D. (2017). A community-based exergaming physical activity program improves readiness-to-change and self-efficacy among rural-residing older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 25(3), 432-437. https://doi.org/10.1123/japa.2015-0278

Margrett, J. A., Martin, P., Woodard, J. L., & Poon, L. W. (2016). Cognitive and linguistic processes among oldest old persons: Heterogeneity, methodological challenges, and relevance of psychosocial resources. In H. H. Wright (Ed.), Cognition, language and aging (pp. 1-8). Amsterdam, NL: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Margrett, J. A., & Reese-Melancon, C. (2016). Collaborative cognition in middle and late life: Couple negotiation of everyday tasks. In J. Bookwala (Ed.).  Couple relationships in the middle and later years:  Their nature, complexity, and role in health and illness (pp. 219-238). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 

Sowle, A. J., Francis, S. L., Margrett, J. A., & Franke, W. D. (2016).  Utility of the Living (well through) Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise (LIFE) program as a county-delivered extension program. Journal of Extension, 54(4).

Francis, S. L., Margrett, J. A., fsHoerr, J., Peterson, M. J., Scott, A., & Franke, W. D. (2014). Intergenerational service learning program improves aging knowledge and expectations and reduces ageism in younger adults. Journal of Youth Development, 9(3), 47-57. https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2014.50

Selected Presentations

Dannewitz, H., Stratton, L., Margrett, J., Brown, L., & Shelley, M. C. (2018, November). Connecting environmental, administration, and direct care factors affecting patient-centered care. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA.

Margrett, J.A, Obhi, H.K., Russell, D.W., Schofield, T.J., Martin, P., Poon, L.W., Masaki, K.H., & Willcox, B.J. (2018, August). Cognitive variability in Japanese-American Men: The Kuakini Honolulu-Asia Aging Study. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Meinertz, N., Margrett, J. A., & Shelley, M. (2018, November). Aging perceptions: Investigation of differences at three decades. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA.

Obhi, H.K., Margrett, J.A, Martin, P., Schofield, T.J., Russell, D.W., Poon, L.W., Masaki, K.H., & Willcox, B.J. (2018, August). Cognitive abilities and functional status: The Kuakini Honolulu-Asia Aging Study. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Obhi, H.K., Margrett, J.A, Poon, L.W., Russell, D., Martin, P., Schofield, T., Masaki, K., & Willcox, B. (2018, May). Factor analysis of the Cognitive Abilities Screening Instrument: Findings from the Kuakini Honolulu-Asia Aging Study. Poster presented at the Cognitive Aging Conference. Atlanta, Georgia.

Obhi, H.K., Margrett, J.A, Russell, D., & Kohut, M. (2018, November). Inflammation and cognition: The impact of exercise intervention fitness improvement.  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA.

Shelley, M., Xu, C., Margrett, J., Meinertz, N. (2018, November). Protecting older adults from abuse using the policy implementation perspective: The case of Iowa. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA. 

Stratton, L., Dannewitz, H., Margrett, J., Brown, L., & Shelley, M.C. (2018, November). Differences in direct care professional burnout and personalized care in long-term care settings. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA. 

Stratton, L., Margrett, J., Caskie, G., Shelley, M., & Brown, L. (2018, November). Trajectories and predictors of strain in caregivers of persons with dementia: The HERO Program. In S. Nam and L. Stratton (Chairs), Addressing family caregiver burden in diverse care settings and policy implications to attenuate caregiver burden. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, Boston, MA.

Reese-Melancon, C., Margrett, J., Kytola, K., & Harrington, E. (2018, May). Collaborative prospective memory: Do older couples help each other remember their intentions? Poster presented at the biannual meeting of the Cognitive Aging Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Margrett, J.A., (2017, June). Discussant in Y. Gondo (Chair), Centenarian Studies: Cognition. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the International Centenarian Consortium, Santa Cruz, CA.

Margrett, J., Brown, L., Stratton, L., Shelley, M., & Swope, D.J., (2017, August). HERO: Intervention to reduce strain among care partners of persons with dementia. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Margrett, J.A., Schofield, T., Obhi, H.K., Martin, P., Poon, L., Masaki, K., & Willcox, B., (2017, August). Genes and cognitive, physical functioning, and mental health change: The Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Margrett, J., Obhi, H., Credé, M., & Reese-Melancon, C. (2017, April). Collaborative cognition in older adulthood: A review of the field and new directions. Poster presented at the 4th International Conference Aging & Cognition, Zurich, Switzerland.

Obhi, H.K., Schofield, T., Margrett, J.A., Martin, P., Poon, L., Masaki, K., & Willcox, B. (2017, August). Personality influences on mental health, functioning, and cognition: Kuakini Honolulu Heart Program. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Education and Training

  • National Institute of Mental Health post-doctoral fellowship, The Pennsylvania State University, 1999-2001
  • Ph.D., Wayne State University, 1999
  • M.A., University of Dayton, 1995
  • B.A., University of Minnesota, 1992

Professional organizations

  • American Psychological Association (Fellow; 2019-2020 Division 20 President)
  • Gerontological Association of America (Fellow; 2020 Behavioral Social Sciences section annual meeting program chair)

Selected grants

Margrett, J. Chandra, A., Chang, C., Hurst, J., Kohut, M., Kreiser, P., Lee, Y. A., Martin, P., Niehm, L., & Fiestas, M. I. L. (2017-2020). Capitalizing on “booming” opportunities: Innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship to support optimal aging. Venture Well faculty grant.

Narasimhan, B. (PI), Margrett, J, Jain, R., Lockhart, T., & Hertzog, C. (2018-2019). Planning grant: Engineering Research Center for Aging-centric Engineering Technologies (AgETech). National Science Foundation, Planning Grants for Engineering Research Centers (ERC). 

Alzheimer’s Association Greater Iowa Chapter (2017-2019). Targeted Training Interventions (TTI) 360. Civil Money Penalty Quality Improvement Initiative. Subcontract (evaluation) awarded to Iowa State University, J. Margrett & M. Shelley. 

Obhi, H. (2017-2019). Biopsychosocial reserves and dementia: Identifying protective factors. National Institute on Aging, National Service Research Award. Jennifer Margrett and George Rebok, Sponsors. 

Iowa Department on Aging. Alzheimer's disease supportive services program: Dementia capability for persons with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. (2014-2017). Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living, & Administration on Aging - Dementia Capable, Sustainable Service Systems. Subcontract (evaluation) awarded to Iowa State University, J. Margrett & M. Shelley.