Alison Chasteen

Alison Chasteen

University of Toronto

Dr. Alison Chasteen is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. She is a social psychologist with specialized training in aging. As the Director of the Adult Development Lab, Dr. Chasteen investigates stereotyping, prejudice, and stigma, both from the target’s and perceiver’s perspective and has conducted extensive research on age-based stereotyping and prejudice. Dr. Chasteen is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America as well as of the Society for Experimental Social Psychologists. She and her students have developed a well-validated measure for assessing ageist attitudes toward older people (Cary, Chasteen, & Remedios, 2017), as well as another measure for assessing older adults’ feelings of age-based stigma (Kang & Chasteen, 2009). As part of a CIHR-funded Catalyst Grant, Dr. Chasteen and colleagues demonstrated that older adults’ negative views of aging impact not only their cognitive self-perceptions and function, but also their self-perceptions of hearing ability and performance (Chasteen et al., 2015). This was the first study to specify the role that older people’s age stereotypes and feelings of age stigma play in multiple modalities of their lives. Dr. Chasteen’s current work focuses on better understanding older adults’ experiences of ageism in daily life across numerous contexts.