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Nicky received her PhD in 2011 from the University of Michigan. Since then, she has worked as an assistant professor at Youngstown State University, Ohio, and also as a research assistant Professor at Northwestern University. Most recently, she was a research fellow at the Institute for Social Research (University of Michigan). Nicky began as assistant professor in the Psychology department at Wilfrid Laurier University in July, 2015.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
Nicky's research interests center around adult development and aging, with a focus on personality, and how gender, social roles, health, and well-being are associated with personality development. She typically uses a mixture of qualitative and quantitative methods in her research. Current projects examine personality and experienced well-being in midlife to older adults, as well as regret, gratitude, retirement transitions, and intended legacies in later life. She also collaborates in research concerning stress, marital quality and health (blood pressure, weight changes) among older couples.
Newton, N. J., & Stewart, A. J. (2010). "The middle ages: Change in women’s personalities and social roles." Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34, 75-84. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2009.01543.x.
Stewart, A. J., & Newton, N. J. (2010). "Gender, adult development, and aging." In J. C. Chrisler & D. R. McCreary (Eds.), Handbook of Gender Research in Psychology (pp.559-580). New York: Springer.
Newton, N. J., Torges, C. M., & Stewart, A. J. (2012). "Women’s regrets about their lives: Cohort differences in correlates and contents." Sex Roles, 66(7), 530-543. doi:10.1007/s11199-012-0126-6.
Birditt, K.S., Newton, N., & Hope, S. (2012). "Implications of marital/partner relationship quality and perceived stress for blood pressure among older adults." Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. doi:10.1093/geronb/gbs123.
Newton, N. J., & Stewart, A. J. (2012). "Personality development in adulthood." In S. K. Whitbourne & M. Sliwinski (Eds.), Handbook of Developmental Psychology: Adult Development and Aging. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
Edelstein, R., Newton, N. J., & Stewart, A. J. (2012). "Narcissism in midlife: The developmental course and correlates of women’s narcissistic personality traits." Journal of Personality, 80(5), 1179-1204. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2011.00755.x.
Newton, N. J., & Stewart, A. J. (2013). "The road not taken: Women’s life paths and gender-linked personality traits." Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 306-316. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2013.02.003.
Versey, H. S., & Newton, N. J. (2013). "Generativity and productive pursuits: Pathways to successful aging in late-midlife African American and White Women." Journal of Adult Development. doi: 10.1007/s10804-013-9170-x.
* Newton, N. J., Herr, J. M., Pollack, J. I., & McAdams, D. P. (2014). "Selfless or selfish? Generativity and narcissism as components of legacy." Journal of Adult Development, 21(1), 59-68. doi: 10.1007/s10804-013-9179-1.
* Newton, N. J., & Baltys, I. H. (2014). "Parent status and generativity within the context of race." International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 78(2), 171-195. doi: 10.2190/AG.78.2.e.
Newton, N. J., Ryan, L. H., King, R. T., & Smith, J. (2014). "Cohort differences in the marriage-health relationship for midlife women." Social Science & Medicine, 116, 64-72. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2014.06.040.
Newton, N. J. (2015). "Generativity." In S. K. Whitbourne (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging. New York: Wiley-Blackwell.
Birditt, K. S., Newton, N. J., Cranford, J., & Ryan, L. H. (2015). "Implications of chronic stress and negative relationship quality for blood pressure among older couples: Evidence of dyadic effects." Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.
* Newton, N. J., & Jones, B. K. (under review). "Passing on: Personal attributes associated with midlife expressions of intended legacies."
* Newton, N. J., Pladavell-Guyer, J., & Smith, J. (under review). "Activity engagement and activity-related experiences: The role of personality."
* Newton, N. J., Russell, S. A., & McAdams, D. P. (under review). "Body appraisal, weight management goals and well-being among midlife men and women."
Birditt, K. S., & Newton, N. J. (under review). "Theories of social support and aging." Encyclopedia entry.
* Newton, N. J., Ryan, L. H., Gach, E. J., & Yates, C. (in preparation). "Gratitude in midlife: Comparisons between trait and state."
Newton, N. J., & Ryan, L. H. (in preparation). "Personality and activity-linked positive affect during the transition to retirement."
Newton, N. J., & Stewart, A. J. (in preparation). "Regret in later life: Associations among trajectories over thirty years, regret resolution, and personality." Associate Editor for the Encyclopedia of Adult Development and Aging (Personality and Social Psychology section) to be published by Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.
* Indicates research conducted with graduate or undergraduate students.