Mick Smyer is currently
focusing on the intersection of two global patterns: climate change and
population aging. Climate
scientists must reach out to older adults for support and action for two
reasons: older adults’ own psychological development leads them to focus on
succeeding generations; and older adults are a key leadership group in society,
voting in disproportionate numbers and serving as respected leaders in
Mick Smyer is the
Provost and a Professor of Psychology at Bucknell University, a post he has
held since 2008. A national expert on aging and its ramifications, Smyer has
written and lectured extensively on the topic. Mick is a fellow of the
Gerontological Society of America, the American Psychological Association, the
American Psychological Society, and the TIAA/CREF Research Institute. Mick has
also been a Fulbright Fellow twice (Japan and India), as well as a W.K. Kellogg
Foundation Fellow and an American Council on Education Fellow. In
addition to holding leadership roles in national organizations on aging, Mick
has also consulted with Fortune 500 companies, state and national legislative
leaders, and higher education organizations on the impacts of aging.
Before coming to
Bucknell, Smyer was a professor of psychology, Dean of the Graduate School of
Arts & Sciences, and Associate Vice-President for Research at Boston
College. While there, Mick was also co-director of the Sloan Center on
Aging and Work, funded by the Alfred P.Sloan Foundation.
In addition to more
than 100 scholarly articles and chapters, Mick is co-author of Aging and Mental Health (Blackwell) and
co-editor of Challenges of an Aging Society: Ethical Dilemmas,
Political Issues (Johns Hopkins); Changes in Decision-Making
Capacity in Older Adults: Assessment and Intervention (Wiley); and Aging, Biotechnology and the Future (Johns Hopkins).
Mick has experience in
translating issues of aging for larger audiences, including appearances on PBS,
NPR, and other media outlets.
A native of New
Orleans, Mick Smyer has provided vocals and “nuanced” washboard for more than
35 years with the Rustical Quality String Band, including on their most recent
CD, Rescued from Oblivion.
Smyer holds a
bachelor's degree in psychology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in clinical
psychology from Duke University.