William E. Haley, Ph.D.
Distinguished University Professor, School of Aging Studies
Phone: (813) 974 9739
Office: MHC 1321
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Description of Research Interests
My research focuses on stress, coping, and adaptation in older adults and their family members. Most of my research has examined the experiences of family caregivers who often face potentially overwhelming chronic strain. This work has examined psychological, social and health impacts experienced by family members caring for relatives with Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, cancer and terminal illness; racial/ethnic differences in the impact of caregiving stress; and the application of stress and coping models to understanding individual differences in caregiver adaptation. Recently, my work with Dr. David Roth of Johns Hopkins has shown that caregiving also produces several psychological and physical health benefits, including greater longevity in caregivers compared to noncaregivers. We have also found that caregiving does not have a serious negative impact on biomarkers of inflammation, a widely cited mechanism of the possible impact of stress on caregiver health. This and other work challenges the narrative that caregiving is generally overwhelming, and generally leads to depression, disruption of immunity and inflammation, and poor health. I am also interested in the development and evaluation of psychosocial interventions to improve the adaptation of older adults facing stressful circumstances, including family caregiving, chronic illness, and bereavement. I have worked with several research teams that have developed and/or evaluated research-based patient or family caregiver interventions for diverse groups, including White, African-American, and Latino family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease; family caregivers of hospice patients with terminal cancer and heart failure; and cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
2023-2025 Elected Member, Council of Representatives, American Psychological Association
2018-2020 Member, American Psychological Association Committee on Aging (CONA). Chair in 2020.
2013 - 2014 - President, Division of Adult Development and Aging (Division 20), American Psychological Association.
2006 - 2009 - National Institute of Mental Health – member, Interventions Committee for Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders, Personality Disorders, and Disorders of Late Life (ITSP)scientific review panel.
2003 - 2004 Chair, Behavioral and Social Sciences Section, Gerontological Society of America.
2001 - President Section II (Clinical Geropsychology) of Division 12 (Clinical Psychology), American Psychological Association.
2021 Distinguished University Professor, University of South Florida
2019 Outstanding Faculty Award, University of South Florida
2019 Dean’s Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, University of South Florida
2018 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
2016 Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, University of South Florida
2016 Fellow, American Psychological Society
2013 Minority Mentorship Award, Gerontological Society of America Task Force on Minority Issues in Gerontology
2009 Master Mentor Award , American Psychological Association Division of Adult Development and Aging and Retirement Research Foundation
2004 Outstanding Research Achievement Award, University of South Florida Office of Research
2004 Outstanding Alumni Award, College of Liberal Arts, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
2003 President’s Award for Faculty Excellence, University of South Florida , Tampa , Florida
2002 Mentor Award , American Psychological Association Division of Adult Development and Aging and Retirement Research Foundation
1993 Fellow, American Psychological Association (Divisions 12, 20, and 38)
1992 Fellow, Gerontological Society of America
Transitions to Family Caregiving and Its Impact on Health Indicators. National Institute on Aging, 1 RO1 AG050609, 2016-2021. (Co-Investigator, D. Roth, PI)
Sponsor (Victoria Marino, PI), “Identifying Pathways Between Daily Stress and Long-Term Well-Being in Caregivers and Non-Caregivers.”. National Institute on Aging, 1F31AG066434 - 01A1, 2020-2022. ($72,461).
Co-Investigator (L. Peterson, PI), “Disaster Preparedness for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia.” Retirement Research Foundation, 1/1/2020-6/30/2022. ($137,662.00).
Co-Investigator (D. Dobbs, PI), “Palliative care education in assisted living for care providers of residents with dementia.” Ed and Ethel Moore Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program, 2019-2021. ($237,496.20).
Co-Investigator (G. Hueluer, PI), “Evaluation of Project VITAL: Virtual Inclusion Technology for All.” Alzheimer’s Association and Florida Department of Elder Affairs, 7/20/2020-6/30/2021).
Publications (representative publications selected from over 160)
Elayoubi, J., Nelson, M. R., Haley, W. E., & Hueluer, G. (2022). The role of social connection/engagement in episodic memory change in stroke. The Gerontologist, 62 (3), 364-374. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnab095
Armstrong, N. D., Irvin, M. R., Haley, W. E., Blinka, M. D., Mukaz, D. K., Patki, A., Siegel, S., Shalev, I., Durda, P., Mathias, R. A., Walston, J. D., & Roth, D. L. (2022). Telomere shortening and the transition to family caregiving in the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) study. PLoS ONE, 17 (6), e0268689. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0268689
Haley, W. E., Roth, D. L., Sheehan, O. C., Rhodes, J. D., Blinka, M. D., & Howard, V. J. (2020). Effects of transitions to family caregiving on well-being: A longitudinal population-based study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 68, 2839-2846. https://doi.org/10.1111/jgs.16778
Liu, C., Badana, A. N. S., Burgdorf, J., Fabius, C. D., Roth, D. L., & Haley, W. E. (2020). Systematic review and meta-analysis of racial and ethnic differences in dementia caregivers’ well-being. The Gerontologist. https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnaa028
Marino, V. R., Badana, A. N. S., & Haley, W. E. (2020). Stress, strain, and health among primary and secondary caregivers. Clinical Gerontologist, 43, 558-571. https://doi.org/10.1080/07317115.2020.1759748
Templeman, M. E., Badana, A. N. S., & Haley, W. E. (2020). The relationship of caregiving to work conflict and supervisor disclosure with emotional, physical, and financial strain in employed family caregivers. Journal of Aging and Health, 32, 698-707. https://doi.org/10.1177/0898264319848579
Roth, D. L., Haley, W. E., Sheehan, O. C., Huang, J., Chung, S., Rhodes, J. D., Durda, P., Howard, V. J., Walston, J. D., & Cushman, M. (2020). The transition to family caregiving and its effect on biomarkers of inflammation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. https://www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.2000792117
GEY 7602 - Seminar in Family Caregiving
GEY 6934 - Assessment of Older Adults
GEY 4360 – Gerontological Counseling
GEY 4612 – Psychology of Aging
GEY 6206 – Family Caregiving in Aging and Chronic Illness (web based)
GEY 6614— Aging and Mental Disorders (web based)
GEY 6617-Gerontological Counseling Theories and Practice (web based)