Stefan Agrigoroaei


Stefan Agrigoroaei is an assistant professor in psychology and aging at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL). He completed his doctoral degree in psychology at the University of Savoie Mont Blanc, Chambéry, France. Before joining the UCL in 2014 he worked at Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, as a postdoctoral research fellow and as an assistant director of the Lifespan Developmental Psychology Laboratory, with Professor Margie Lachman. While at Brandeis, he was involved in multiple research projects using data from the MIDUS (Midlife in the United States) national longitudinal study and BOLOS (Boston Longitudinal Study). He also had teaching responsibilities at Brandeis and in the Department of Gerontology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Stefan Agrigoroaei approaches his research with an interdisciplinary and lifespan perspective. His general research program is in the area of health and aging, with a focus on examining the contribution of psychosocial (e.g., socioeconomic status, sources of disparities, control beliefs), behavioral (e.g., physical and cognitive activities), and stress-related factors (e.g., cortisol response) for optimizing and maintaining good cognitive and physical health as people age. His projects involve a wide range of cognitive and physical health assessments, including biomedical indicators, in both surveys and laboratory settings.


Keywords: healthy aging, lifespan development, normal cognitive aging, control beliefs, health disparities, resilience, stress and cognitive assessment, frailty



Selected publications:

  • Agrigoroaei, S., & Lachman, M.E. (2011). Cognitive Functioning in Midlife and Old Age: Combined Effects of Psychosocial and Behavioral Factors. The Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 66B(S1), i130–i140,
  • DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbr017
  • Agrigoroaei, S., Neupert, S.D. & Lachman, M.E. (2013) Maintaining a Sense of Control in the Context of Cognitive Challenge: Greater Stability in Control Beliefs Benefits Working Memory, The Journal of Gerontopsychology and Geriatric Psychiatry, 26, 49-59, DOI: 10.1024/1662-9647/a000078
  • Agrigoroaei, S., Polito, M., Lee, A., Kranz-Graham, E., Seeman, T., & Lachman, M.E. (2013) Cortisol Response to Challenge Involving Low Controllability: The Role of Control Beliefs and Age, Biological Psychology, 93, 138-142,
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2013.01.003
  • Turiano, N.A., Chapman, B.P., Agrigoroaei, S., Infurna, F.J. & Lachman, M.E. (2014). Perceived Control Reduces Mortality Risk at Low, not High, Education Levels, Health Psychology, 33, 883-890, DOI: 10.1037/hea0000022
  • Agrigoroaei, S., Attardo, A. L., & Lachman, M. E. (2017). Stress and subjective age: Those with greater financial stress look older. Research on Aging, 39, 1075-1099 doi:10.1177/0164027516658502
  • Philippot, P., & Agrigoroaei, S. (2017). Repetitive thinking, executive functioning, and depressive mood in the elderly. Aging & Mental Health, 21, 1192-1196. doi:10.1080/13607863.2016.1211619
  • Desrichard, O., Vallet, F., Agrigoroaei, S., Fagot, D., & Spini, D. (2018). Frailty in aging and its influence on perceived stress exposure and stress-related symptoms: Evidence from the Swiss Vivre/Leben/Vivere study. European Journal of Ageing, Advanced Online Publication