Dr. Han-Jung Ko

Assistant Professor/Human Development and Family Studies,
Central Michigan University

Contact Details

Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, WA

Dr. Han-Jung Ko

Assistant Professor/Human Development and Family Studies,
Central Michigan University


I just started my first-year at Central Michigan University as an assistant professor in Human Development and Family Studies in fall 2015. I graduated with my doctoral degree in Human Development and Family Studies at Oregon State University in summer 2015. Being a Taiwanese international student, I've always compared my Taiwanese social and cultural experiences with my increasing American experiences during my graduate training in the U.S. Currently, I am working on my dissertation examining purpose in life changes among adults between late midlife to early older adulthood, and further explore how individuals define and develop their purpose in life through their life stories to understand the observed changes. My overarching research interest is to understand lifespan development in self and personality by incorporating stability and changes in personality traits and states, goals and self-regulation, and life stories.
I am really honored to be featured in the ESPO membership spotlight even though I still have a lot to learn from scholars in GSA!
I am also honored to be appointed as junior representative in GSA International Task Force this coming November (2014) and serve as the senior representative and chair mentoring the less-experienced junior representative during my second year of appointment.


Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon, United States
Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, 2015
Human Development and Family Studies
2010 To 2015
Dissertation: Pathways to Well-Being: A Mixed Methods Study on Purpose in Life in Middle Adulthood
Advisor: Karen Hooker

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California, United States
M.S., 2010
2008 To 2010

Johannes Kepler University
Linz, Austria
Exchange Student, 2007
2006 To 2007

National Taiwan University
Taipei, Taiwan
B.S., 2007
2002 To 2007

Job History

Central Michigan University
Assistant Professor
Mt. Pleasant, MI
August 2015 - present

Oregon State University
On-campus and Ecampus Graduate Instructor
September 2013 - present

Oregon State University
Grant R-24 Research Assistant
September 2011 - September 2013

Oregon State University
Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Research Assistant
September 2011 - June 2013

Oregon State University
Teaching Assistant, Applied Research Methods
September 2010 - June 2011

Oregon State University
Gerontology Certificate Program Assistant
September 2010 - June 2011

USC Gerontology School
Research Assistant
August 2008 - June 2010

Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Psychiatry Department
Research assistant
August 2007 - July 2008

Areas Of Expertise

  • Ageism
  • Assessment: Cognitive Assessment
  • Attitude Toward Aging: Attitude Toward Self Aging
  • Attitude Toward Aging: Instruments to Measure Attitude Toward Aging
  • Attitude Toward Aging: Other
  • Attitude Toward Aging: Societal Perceptions of the Aged Population
  • Crosscultural Studies
  • Crossnational Studies
  • Dementia
  • Developmental Changes: Psychological
  • Personality
  • Productive Aging
  • Social Roles
  • Successful Aging
  • Vision: Other
  • Volunteerism
  • Well-Being


  • Gerontology