Eric Cerino

Eric Cerino

Eric Cerino, a psychology major who graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University, was named the recipient of a highly competitive Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) fellowship from the National Science Foundation.  

The $30,000 stipend will cover Cerino's tuition and support direct research costs during the first 12 months of his Ph.D. program at Oregon State University's (OSU) LIFE* in an Aging Society program (*Linking Individuals, Families, and Environments). The fellowship allows students to collaborate across disciplines in a multidisciplinary research traineeship, as only five students from across the nation get into the OSU program in which Cerino’s primary core is psychosocial and his supplementary core is gerontechnology.

The goal of Cerino's research was to see if depression levels among senior citizens were impacted by how young a person feels and how active he or she is in society. The results of Cerino's study indicated that senior citizens who had a more youthful subjective age reported fewer depressive symptoms. In addition, seniors who took part in more activity tended to have a more youthful subjective age.

He also presented his research project, “Investigating Subjective Age, Level of Activity and Depressive Symptoms in Older Adults," at the 18th Annual Posters on the Hill Conference in Washington. Cerino’s poster was one of 60 selected from approximately 600 submissions to the conference.

Cerino earned the Henry Barnard Distinguished Student Award, was vice president of Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, and treasurer of the Psychology Club. He was a research intern for the Alzheimer’s Association in Norwich and implemented an educational program for caregivers and Alzheimer’s patients.

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