Director: Matthew Costello, Ph.D.

Dr. Costello joined the faculty of IU South Bend in 2009 and is currently the director of the IU South Bend gerontology program. He earned an MA in Liberal Arts from St. John's College (Annapolis, MD) in 1999, and earned his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA) in 2006. Dr. Costello conducted his post-doctoral research through the Center for Aging at Duke University, where he worked with both behavioral and neuroimaging modalities investigating the effects of aging on cognition and attention. Dr. Costello's work at IU South Bend has continued this research interest, with particular interest in embodied dynamics in aging. Dr. Costello's research has been published in leading gerontology journals, including Psychology and Aging and Experimental Aging Research.


 Research Assistant: Sarah Ratkiewicz   

Sarah is an IU South Bend undergraduate majoring in Psychology. She will graduate in the fall of 2014 with her B.A. degree and plans to continue on to graduate school. She hopes to pursue a career in social psychology, and is particularly interested in social cognition. 


 Research Assistant: Krista Ream

Krista is an undergraduate psychology major at IUSB with an anthropology minor.  She transferred from Bethel College in Spring 2012 and intends to graduate with her B.A. in 2015.  Krista plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in Marriage and Family counseling.


 Research Assistant: Kurtis Willingham

Kurtis graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a B.S. in Psychology in Fall 2010. He previously worked in the Alberts Animal Behavior Lab at IU Bloomington investigating regulation of physiology and behavior in mouse development. Kurtis plans to attend graduate school and pursue a career in the cognitive neuroscience of aging.

Lab Alumni:

Research Assistant: Andrea Jones 

Andrea is a graduate student in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Aging Studies Program at Tulane University. Her research examines the biological foundation for aging. She is designing a series of experiments examining preferred navigation strategies in middle-aged rats and determining the brain basis for such strategies.

Research Assistant: Mitch Kajzer 

Mitch is a graduate student in the Cognition, Brain and Behavior Ph.D. program at the University of Notre Dame, working in the eMotion and eCognition Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Charles Crowell. Mitch's work includes computer modeling of psychological profiles and robotoic systems.

Research Assistant: Nicholas D. Panting

Nicholas graduated from IUSB in 2013 with honors and proceeded to earn his Master of Science in Biology at Chatham University. Nicholas is currently a graduate student at the Master of Science in Global Health program at the University of Notre Dame.

Research Assistant: Ashley Hilliker   

 Ashley served as the IUSB Assistant Psychology Lab Coordinator after graduating in 2013, and plans to apply for graduate school.

Research Assistant: Michelle Anastasio

Michelle is a graduate student in the Master of Social Work graduate program at IU South Bend.


Research Assistant: Amber Hilton  

Amber graduated from IUSB in the spring of 2013, and plans to attend graduate school soon.


Lab Collaborators:

Aaron Buss, Ph.D.

University of Tennessee, Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Marcia Namenye

Greencroft Communities, Education Director

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Lydia K. Manning, MGS, Ph.D.

Concordia University Chicago, Associate Professor of Gerontology

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Frank Fujita, Ph.D.

Indiana University South Bend, Associate Professor of Psychology

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James Brockmole, Ph.D.

University of Notre Dame, Associate Professor of Psychology

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