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Grace da Rosa


Ph.D., Iowa State University
M.A., Iowa State University
B.A., University Dom Bosco, Campo Grande, Brazil


Dr. Grace D. da Rosa recently joined this fall the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State as a Visiting Lecturer. She received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Gerontology from Iowa State University.

During her time at Iowa State University, Dr. da Rosa taught courses on Adult Development and Aging and Research Methods in Human Development. She worked for several years with the Georgia Centenarian Study (GCS, Phase 3) which is a NIH funded grant that examine social and psychological factors associated with health, well-being, and longevity on the oldest-old. She has been highly involved with the GCS and her research interest has been on mental health and healthy longevity. Dr. da Rosa is interested in better understand the role of life events, resources, and psychosocial factors on healthy longevity (e.g., mental health, and psychological well-being) and resiliency in older adults. In particular, she is interested in investigating factors that may be associated with disparities and differences in healthy longevity and resiliency in older adults. Dr. da Rosa dissertation investigated the effect of personality and life events on healthy longevity (i.e., Mental and Cognitive Health) of U.S. and Japanese centenarians. Dr. da Rosa also worked as a graduate student on the Georgia Centenarian Study (Phase 2) which focused on longitudinal changes in adaptation capacity of three cohorts. During her Master Thesis, Dr. da Rosa assessed age (i.e., sexagenarians, octogenarians, and centenarians), gender, and ethnic (i.e., African-Americans and Caucasians) differences and changes in mental health among older adults.



Peer Reviewed Publications

da Rosa, G., Martin, P., Gondo, Y., Hirose, N., Ishioka, Y., & Poon, L. W. (2014). Examination of Important life experiences of the oldest-old: Cross-cultural comparisons of U.S. and Japanese Centenarians. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 29, 2, 109-130. doi: 10.1007/s10823-014-9223-z

Martin, P., da Rosa, G., Margrett, J. A., Garasky, S., & Franke, W. (2012). Stability and change in affect among centenarians. International Journal of Aging & Human Development, 75, 337-349. doi:

Martin, P., da Rosa, G.,& Poon, L. W. (2011). The impact of life events on the oldest old. In L. W. Poon & J. Cohen-Mansfield (Eds.), Understanding well-being in the oldest old. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Poon, L. W., Martin, P., Bishop, A., Cho, J., da Rosa, G., Deshpande, N., Hensley, R., MacDonald, M., Margrett, J., Randall, K., & for the Georgia Centenarian Study (2010). Understanding centenarians’ psychosocial dynamics and their contributions to health and quality of life. Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research, 2010, 1-13.

Martin, P., da Rosa, G., MacDonald, M., Margrett, J., Davey, A., Siegler, I., Poon, L. W., & for the Georgia Centenarian Study. Distal and proximal predictors of positive and negative affect among centenarians. Psychology and Aging, 21, 201-207.

Grace da Rosa Curriculum Vitae