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Sydney Public Lecture by Gwen Fisher: Cognitive Ageing, Work and Work Ability

Sydney, Australia

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Time & Location

6 August, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Seminar Room LG05, Tyree Energy Technology Building (via Anzac Pde/University Mall)

Public Lecture by A/Professor Gwenith Fisher, Colorado State University, USA

Cognitive Ageing, Work and Work Ability: Implications for Organisations and an Ageing Workforce


Workforce demographics have been shifting over the past couple of decades due to economic, health, social and psychological factors. These factors include decreasing fertility, increased life expectancies, changes in public policy and age of eligibility for government pensions, and other economic and psychological reasons for continued work. As a result, a higher proportion of workers remain at work until later ages than in the past and retirement ages have been increasing in recent years. Recent research has highlighted the importance of keeping workers healthy and engaged in productive work. When people remain engaged in the workforce, they continue to contribute to, and benefit, society. Although a great deal of past research has examined physical health and wellbeing of working older adults, less research has investigated issues related to cognitive functioning and work. This presentation will provide some background on work and retirement trends, discuss ageing and cognitive functioning, and explain implications of ageing and cognitive functioning for work and human resources management. Additionally the presentation will describe research, practical, and policy implications for the labour force at societal, organisational and individual levels.

Gwenith Fisher
A/Professor of Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Colorado State University
CEPAR Associate Investigator
Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program Coordinator and Director, Occupational Health Psychology Concentration, Colorado State University

fisherDr Gwenith G. Fisher is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University (CSU), Adjunct Associate Professor in the Colorado School of Public Health, Adjunct Associate Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, and Associate Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research in Australia. Dr Fisher obtained her B.A. in Psychology at Penn State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, USA. Her research investigates individual and work-related factors relevant to environmental and occupational health and worker wellbeing. In particular, she conducts research that focuses on ageing workers, retirement, and issues regarding work-non-work issues, and parental leave. Her research has been funded by U.S. National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Aging, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. She directs the doctoral program in industrial/organisational psychology at Colorado State University and the NIOSH Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center Occupational Health Psychology training program. She serves on four journal editorial boards and is a member of the executive committee for the Society for Occupational Health Psychology. In her non-work time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two active sons, playing ice hockey, skiing, hiking, running and cooking, and reading.
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Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 17:00
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