Pub. date: 2005 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950565 | Print ISBN: 9780761928201 | Online ISBN: 9781412950565| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Smyer, Michael A.
Sara Honn Qualls
Since early in his career, Michael A. Smyer has invited the fields of developmental and clinical psychology of aging to focus on the impact of multiple layers of systems on the psychological well-being of older adults. Trained as a clinical psychologist, Smyer has examined individual development and well-being through the diverse lenses offered by clinicians, developmental researchers, nursing home workers, and policymakers. Rooted in the ecological theories of Bronfenbrenner (1979) and Lewin (1935), he has sought to understand the broader ecology of mental health in later life. His work examines mental health within contexts as diverse as families, nursing home staff, institutional structures and policies, and public policy. He has supplied state-of-the-art analyses of the ecology of the field of mental health and aging (coauthored with Margaret Gatz) once during each of the last three decades, in which the contextual perspective is applied to both current status and future trends. ...