Kim Shifren

Professor; Lifespan Development Psychology


Contact Information

LA 2125


Ph.D. in Life Span Developmental
Psychology, Syracuse University, 1993

M.A. in Life Span Developmental
Psychology, Syracuse University, 1991

B.A. in Psychology, University of Maryland Baltimore County,

Dr. Shifren completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan, Department of Gerontology and Institute for Social Research focused on research on medication adherence in arthritis patients and hypertension patients.

Areas of Expertise

Emerging, Middle and Older Adulthood


Health-related behaviors

Caregivers across the lifespan

Individuals with chronic illnesses


Dr. Shifren came to Towson University in 1998, after spending 3 years at the University of Florida as a Visiting Assistant Professor, and 2 years at the University of Michigan for her Post-doctoral training.


Research Interests

Dr. Shifren's most recent research has been focused on variables involved in the self-management of a chronic illness as one ages including personality, coping, health-related behaviors, and mental health. Dr. Shifren’s most recent study was a comparison between Parkinson’s disease patients and Stroke patients. In addition, Dr. Shifren recently completed a study of young caregivers and the effects of early caregiving on adult development and aging. Dr. Shifren is especially interested in variables that affect caregivers such as personality, social support, coping techniques, health-related behaviors, mental health, and physical health.


Selected Publications

Colby, D. A. & Shifren, K. (2013). Optimism, mental health, and quality of life: A study among breast cancer patients. Psychology, Health, and Medicine, 18, 10-20.

Shifren, K. & Chong, A. (2012). Health-related behaviors: A study among former young caregivers. Journal of Adult Development, 19, 111-121.

Shifren, K., Hillman, A. & Rowe, A. (in press). Early caregiver experiences, optimism, and mental health: Former young caregivers and emerging adult caregivers. International Journal of Psychology Research.

Shifren, K. (Ed.). (2009). How caregiving affects development: Psychological implications for child, adolescent, and adult caregivers. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

teaching interests
PSYC 203: Human Development PSYC 404: Adolescent Psychology
PSYC 405/610: Psychology of Aging/Advanced Psychology of Aging PSYC 611: Developmental Psychology