Carole Holahan, Ph.D. is a Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas at Austin. She investigates adult development and aging and focuses on psychosocial predictors of health behavior, successful aging, and women’s health. She is currently studying the relation of living with a smoker to other health risk behaviors and overweight and obesity in middle-aged and older women with data from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study. She has also studied the role of depressive symptoms and social contextual factors in smoking, as well as the relation of smoking to quality of life and mortality in this Women’s Health Initiative sample.
Holahan has previously investigated the influence of the presence of smokers in the home and work environment on smoking, as well as the relation of psychosocial factors to leisure-time physical activity in midlife. Her research has also addressed the role of health and aging attitudes in health promotion in adulthood and aging. In addition, she has pursued the study of successful aging through her affiliation with the Terman Study of the Gifted, a major longitudinal study in the social and behavioral sciences.
Holahan is a fellow in the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Gerontological Society of America. Her recent work has been funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.