WFHN Researchers

Susan M. McHale, PhD

Susan M. McHale, PhD

Professor of Human Development, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. McHale is the Director of the Social Science Research Institute and is interested in children's and adolescents' family relationships, roles, and everyday activities.

Phyllis Moen, PhD

Phyllis Moen, PhD

McKnight Presidential Chair in Sociology, University of Minnesota

Dr. Moen studies and has published numerous books and articles on occupational careers, retirement, families, health, gender, and social policy, as they intersect and as they play out over the life course. 

Lis Nielsen, PhD

Lis Nielsen, PhD

Research Portfolio Manager in Psychological Development and Integrative Science for the Division of Behavioral and Social Research, NIA

Dr. Lis Nielsen manages the research portfolio for the Division of Behavioral and Social Research at the National Institute on Aging (NIA) that encompasses multidisciplinary research on the biological, social, and psychological determinants of well-being and health across the lifespan.

Cassandra Okechukwu, ScD, MSN

Cassandra Okechukwu, ScD, MSN

Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Okechukwu’s program of research focuses on how working conditions and work and family environments interact to shape the health and cancer prevention behaviors of disadvantaged populations.