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Aging Well Lab Website

The Aging Well Lab website is live! Check it out here.

The entire site was programmed in R and is hosted for free on GitHub!

Hiring a Lab Manager

The Aging Well Lab in the Center for Vital Longevity at The University of Texas at Dallas, under the direction of Kendra Seaman, Ph.D., is currently seeking to hire a full-time Lab Manager beginning in September 1, 2019. The position is a minimum of a one-year commitment (­­renewable). Dr. Seaman will be joining UTD as an Assistant Professor in Fall 2019.

The lab’s research will focus on using basic and translational scientific research studies to promote health and wellbeing across adulthood. We will use a wide variety of behavioral, modeling and neuroimaging techniques. Please see more information on our lab’s focus and ongoing projects.

Primary responsibilities for the Lab Manager will include (1) setting up the new lab, (2) assisting with the design and implementation of behavioral, eye-tracking, and fMRI experiments, (3) recruitment and testing of human subjects, (3) coordinating and training research assistants, and (5) preprocessing and analysis of experimental data.

Job qualifications include a BA or BS in psychology, neuroscience, behavioral economics, data science, or a related field. Strong applicants from other fields may be considered. Excellent organizational, time management, problem solving, interpersonal and communication skills are required.

Preferred qualifications include prior experience with experimental design, programming of behavioral tasks, human subject data collection, and data analysis. Technical skills (e.g. Python, R, Unix) are also highly desired, but not required. Prior experience managing teams of people and/or an interest in psychological and neurobiological changes across adulthood is also a plus.

Individuals from backgrounds that are underrepresented or nontraditional in science are strongly encouraged to apply.

For full consideration, please submit (1) a CV or resume and (2) a cover letter detailing research experience, interests, and technical expertise here by June 28, 2019. 

Questions about the position may be directed to Dr. Kendra Seaman (


Starting a New Lab this Fall!

Thrilled to announce that I will be joining the faculty at UT Dallas as an Assistant Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences this fall. Watch out Center for Vital Longevity, here I come!

Co-Authors Snagged the Cover of JNeuro

My co-authors Jaime Castrellon and Greg Samanez-Larkin snagged the cover of JNeuro with their beautiful surface renderings of D2-like BPND  in January. Congrats Jaime and Greg!

Article accepted at Human Brain Mapping

Our article examining regional age differences in D2-like binding potential has been accepted at HBM! Keep an eye out for the final publication here:

In the meantime, you can view the preprint and webapp at these links.

RCCN – Achieving and Sustaining Behavior Change to Benefit Older Adults

Great experience at the first Research Centers Collaborative Network Workshop at the National Institute on Aging last week!

Slides from the workshop will be available  here and a video of my presentation can be viewed here.

Maddox Fellowship Awarded

In August, I was selected as a Maddox Fellow for the 2018-2019 academic year.  The Maddox Fellowships were created in honor of Dr. George Maddox, a famous gerontologist and former Directory of the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. The fellowships support academic programs in gerontology.

Pilot Grant Awarded

Just received funding from the Scientific Research Network on Decision Neuroscience and Aging for our project on social learning and trust formation with age. Looking forward to working with Brittany Cassidy and Jessica Cooper  on this project!

“New” Social Motives Questionnaire Published

Our manuscript describing the Social Motives Questionnaire (or SMQ) has been accepted at The Geronotologist.  This questionnaire, which has been more than twenty years in the making, quantifies the degree of information-seeking (IS) verses emotion regulatory (ER) motivations. Critically, the questionnaire has been developed and validated across adulthood and across cultures. Check it out!  

I made a web app!

Check out the interactive web app I made using R/Shiny to explore our D2 binding potential data:!

Shiny make it super-easy to convert your R code into an interactive app.

A preprint of related manuscript can be found here.

Also, thanks to my brother Kevin Seaman for helping me post the app to the interwebs!

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