Richard Settersten

Mr. Richard Alan Settersten, Jr.

Endowed Director of Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families
Hallie Ford Endowed Chair and Professor of Human Development and Family Sciences
Oregon State University


Rick Settersten is Hallie Ford Endowed Chair and professor of Human Development and Family Sciences, and director of the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, at Oregon State University.  He is also a member of the MacArthur Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood.

A PhD graduate of Northwestern University, Settersten has held fellowships at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education in Berlin, the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern, and the Spencer Foundation in Chicago. He is author or editor of many scientific articles and several books, including Not Quite AdultsHandbook of Sociology of Aging and On the Frontier of Adulthood. Besides MacArthur, his research has been supported by divisions of the National Institutes of Health.

Professor Settersten’s recent research has been covered in print, radio, television and internet outlets. These include the BBC, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Economist, Huffington Post, Inside Higher Ed, LA Times, New Yorker, New York Times, NPR, Oprah Radio, Oregonian, People, Seattle Post Intelligencer, The Telegraph, Toronto Star, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Wilson Quarterly.



Year Degree Institution
1992 PhD, Human Development and Social Policy Northwestern University


Year Title  
1992 Informal Age Deadlines for Life-Course Transitions

Selected Publications

Settersten RA, Day JK, Cancel-Tirado D, Driscoll DM (2014). Fathersí accounts of struggle and growth in early adulthood: An exploratory study of disadvantaged men. New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, 143: 73-89.

McGowan ML, Settersten RA, Juengst ET, Fishman JR (2014). Integrating genomics into clinical oncology: Ethical and social challenges from proponents of personalized medicine. Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations, 32(2): 187-192.

Speder Z, Murinko L, Settersten RA (2014). Are conceptions of adulthood universal and unisex? Ages and social markers in 25 European countries. Social Forces.

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