Shevaun D. Neupert, Ph.D. - Professional Achievement Award 2020

Dr. Shevaun Neupert earned her PhD in Family Studies and Human Development from the Norton School in 2003 under the direction of Dr. David Almeida.  After earning her degree, she served as a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Margie Lachman’s Lab at Brandies University. Since 2005, she has been a Professor of Psychology at North Carolina State University. 

Dr. Neupert is one of those rare researchers who has the ability to foster an exciting intellectual climate wherever she is by her passion and intellectual curiosity. Her many publications coauthored by her graduate and undergraduate students attest to this stimulating climate. She is also well-known for her groundbreaking work on daily stress and memory. Her research reflects her training in cognitive psychology and social gerontology, focusing on the interconnections among daily stress processes, cognitive functioning, and physical health and how these linkages change across adulthood.  She has authored or co-authored numerous articles, book chapters, papers/posters, and has had her work featured in the BBC, New York Times, Time Magazine, CBS News, and the Wall Street Journal.

The significance of Dr. Neupert’s research is reflected in her ability to obtain funding. She obtained a grant from the Kellogg Foundation to study daily stress and health among college students and funding from the Midlife in the United States Study to analyze how personal control buffers reactivity to daily stressors. She also currently directs a NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease project examining factors that contribute to engagement in cognitively demanding activities.

Dr. Neupert is serves as the Associate Editor of Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.  At North Carolina State, she has served as chair of the Association of Women Faculty. Shevaun actively contributes to the teaching mission of gerontology.

Dr. Neupert’s work and personal life are fundamentally collaborative. Recently, she has enjoyed collaborating on two papers with her husband, Jan Hannig, as well as collaborating on two children, Klára (age 7) and Declan (age 5). Dr. Shevaun Neupert represents the best and brightest in social and behavioral gerontology. She is a curious, innovative, hardworking and generous scientist. She is a prominent alum of the Norton School and well deserving of this prestigious award.

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