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Jen Wong

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Assistant Professor, Department of Human Sciences

Program Area: Human Development and Family Science



  • PhD, Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
  • MS, Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University
  • BS, Developmental and Social Psychology, Hampshire College

Research Summary

My program of research focuses on two areas: normative and non-normative transitions and processes in midlife and late adulthood. The first area of research investigates the factors that shape employment transitions and processes, and the influences of such transitions and processes on daily well-being and health in midlife and late adulthood. The second research area examines the impacts of parenting a son or daughter with a developmental disability (e.g., autism spectrum disorders, fragile X syndrome) in midlife on well-being and health. My current research integrates these two areas of research by examining how non-normative parenting affects employment processes and the subsequent well-being and health.

Population of interests: Parental caregivers of sons or daughters with developmental disabilities (e.g., autism spectrum disorders); midlife and late adulthood.


  • Assistant Professor, Human Sciences, The Ohio State University, 2013-Present
  • Honorary Fellow, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2013-Present
  • Research Associate, Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2012-2013
  • NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow in Developmental Disabilities, Waisman Center, 2010-2012

Selected Publications

  • Wong, J. D., Mailick, M. R., Greenberg, J. S., Hong, J., & Coe, C. L. (2014). Daily work stress and awakening cortisol in mothers of adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders or fragile X syndrome. Family Relations, 63, 135-147.
  • Wong, J. D., & Almeida, D. M. (2013). The effects of employment status and daily stressors on time spent on daily household chores in middle-aged and older adults. The Gerontologist, 64, 81-91.
  • Wong, J. D., Seltzer, M. M., Greenberg, J. S., Hong, J., Almeida, D. M., & Coe, C. L. (2012). Stressful life events and daily stressors affect awakening cortisol level in midlife mothers of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Aging and Mental Health, 16, 939-949.
  • Almeida, D. M., & Wong, J. D. (2009). Life transitions and daily stress processes. In G. H., Elder, Jr., & J. Z. Giele (Eds.), The craft of life course research (pp. 141-162). New York:  Guilford Press.
  • Wong, J. D. & Hardy, M. A. (2009). Women’s retirement expectations: How stable are they?Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 64, 77-86.