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New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging

Behavioral Research

Rachel Pruchno, PhD, is Director of Research at the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging, and Endowed Professor of Medicine at the Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Pruchno’s research focuses on behavioral and psychological processes associated with aging. Much of her work covers areas related to resilience and successful aging over the life course, multiple chronic conditions, depression, and social supports. Visit her research site to learn more.

Dr. Pruchno has been the Principal Investigator on NIH-funded grants totaling close to $7 million and foundation grants of more than $3 million. She has published 90 peer-reviewed articles, 10 book chapters, and an edited book, Challenges of an Aging Society: Ethical Dilemmas, Political Issues.

Dr. Pruchno served as Editor-in-Chief of The Gerontologist for eight years and currently serves on the Editoral Board.


Ongoing Research on Aging in New Jersey: Bettering Opportunities for Wellness in Life

Dr. Pruchno established and directs the ORANJ BOWL project, which maintains a representative panel of 5,688 adults aged 50-74 living in New Jersey. The goal of the ORANJ BOWL℠ panel is to enable scientists to understand how characteristics of people and of the environment promote successful aging. More information on ORANJ BOWL is available here

  • Dr. Rachel Pruchno
    Rachel Pruchno, Ph.D.

    If you would like to learn more about Dr. Pruchno, the ORANJ BOWL and other work, please visit her research site.

    Additional collaboration and grant information is available in her profile on Research With NJ.