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Oklahoma State University

Alex Bishop


Associate Professor                                                                                                 

Human Development and Family Science
228 Human Sciences 
Stillwater OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-3989
Fax: 405-744-6344

Areas of Interest

Subjective well-being, religiosity/spirituality, aging-in-place, gerotechnology

Populations of Interest

Centenarians, Aging Prisoners, Rural older adults, Older Care Recipients, Retired Religious Clergy


Dr. Bishop is an associate professor in the Human Development and Family Science Department, where he currently serves as the Gerontology Program Coordinator. Dr. Bishop received his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor specialization in Gerontology in 2005 from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Dr. Bishop’s research is focused on the issue of positive human longevity. His publications have addressed the conceptualization and measurement of key variables and contextual factors that contribute to emotional regulation, religious/spiritual meaning, and quality-of-life among persons 85 years of age and older. Dr. Bishop’s primary recent research endeavors have involved investigating the connection between distal and proximal life experiences and subjective well-being of persons living 100+ years. In particular, Dr. Bishop recently collaborated with the Oklahoma State University Edmon Low Library’s Oral History Department on the Oklahoma 100 Year Life Project. This investigation is dedicated toward capturing and preserving the meaningful life stories and personal legacies of Oklahoma’s longest lived citizens.

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