Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is one of the pioneers of the field of adult development and aging. The author of numerous books and articles, she has also appeared in the national media including The New York Times, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Redbook, More Magazine, Elle, the and Glamour. Her work has been a topic of interviews including recent appearances on Montel Williams Air America and John Batchelor on WABC New York.
A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, and Gerontological Society of America. She has received major teaching and mentoring awards both nationally and at her university. In 2011, she received a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for her longstanding contributions to the field.
Her most recent book, The Search for Fulfillment (Ballantine, 2010), highlights the results of her landmark study of over 182 midlife Baby Boomers who were studied from college through their late 50s. The findings from this book help to challenge the notion of a midlife crisis and presents an alternative way and more optimistic way of viewing how people change in midlife and beyond.