Michael Marsiske is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology, College of Public Health and Health Professions. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. From 2000-2003, he served as Associate Director for Research in the University of Florida Institute on Aging; he also served as Interim Director of the IoA during the first six months of 2003. Prior to coming to the University of Florida, Dr. Marsiske was an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Gerontology and the Department of Psychology at Wayne State University. Dr. Marsiske received a B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Toronto. At the Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Marsiske received both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, where he was also a National Institute on Aging Pre-Doctoral Trainee in the Gerontology Center. Dr. Marsiske received a three-year post-doctoral fellowship from the Center for Psychology and Human Development of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.

Dr. Marsiske is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and is a past recipient of the Springer Award for Early Career Achievement in Research and Adult Development and Aging from Division 20 of the American Psychological Association. Marsiske is also the Chair of the NIA-S (Behavioral and Social Sciences) Initial Review Group for the National Institute on Aging, and serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.

Presently he serves as the principal investigator on an NIH-funded study examining cognitive training and everyday function, and he collaborates on several other federally funded studies and centers at UF.

Research Focus

Dr. Marsiske's research has four major foci:

1. Older adults' everyday problem solving abilities and their relationship to basic cognitive and intellectual performance.
2. Modifiability of older adults' cognitive performance due to training interventions and practice.
3. Understanding short-term variability and fluctuation in elders' cognition, and its relationship to cognitive status and other time-varying predictors.
4. Understanding the inter-relationship of sensorimotor and cognitive function in later life, with a particular focus on balance and locomotion.


Applied Multivariate Methods in Psychology  

Measurement, Research Design And Statistics I/II  

Cognitive Aging: Very Late Life

Representative publications

Diehl, M., Marsiske, M., Horgas, A. L., Saczynski, J., Rosenberg, A., & Willis, S. L. (in press). The Revised Observed Tasks of Daily Living: A performance-based assessment of everyday problem solving in older adults. Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Ball, K., Berch, D. B., Helmers, K. F., Jobe, J. B., Leveck, M. D., Marsiske, M., Morris, J. N., Rebok, G. W., Smith, D. M., Tennstedt, S. L., Unverzagt, F. W., Willis, S. L. (2002). The effects of cognitive training interventions with older adults: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Medical Association, 288, 2271-2281.

Marsiske, M. (in press). Training, practice and transfer in the intellectual performance of older adults. In Chodzko-Zajko, W., Kramer, A. L., Spirduso, W., & Poon, L. (eds.), Aging, Exercise, and Cognition: Volume III. Enhancing Cognitive and Brain Plasticity of Older Adults. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics Press.

Marsiske, M., & Margrett, J. A. (in press). Everday problem solving and decision making. In J. E. Birren & K. W. Schaie (Eds.), Handbook of the Psychology of Aging (6th Edition). New York: Academic Press.

Curriculum Vitae

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