CEAH Research Methodology Forum


Peter Lichtenberg

Peter A. Lichteberg, PhD

Professor of Psychology / Director, Gerontology Institute

Sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Aging & Health (CEAH)

Visiting Research Scholar - Peter A. Lichtenberg, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Wayne State University

Dr. Lichteberg will share from his 3+ decades of experience as a social science researcher in the field of gerontology. This workshop will emphasize best practices in aging-related research, favored methods and approaches, common pitfalls, and discussion tailored to the needs and interests of UNE faculty and professional staff. Doctoral students are welcome. Other students should contact Dr. Meuser before registering.

This event is limited to 30 participants. We will be in Room 102 of Innovation Hall.


Peter A. Lichtenberg, Ph.D. is the Director of both Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute, the Institute of Gerontology and the Founding Director of the Wayne State University Lifespan Alliance. Dr. Lichtenberg is also a Professor of Psychology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is a clinical psychologist and obtained his Ph.D. at Purdue University in 1986 and completed post-doctoral training in geriatric neuropsychology from the University of Virginia. Dr. Lichtenberg received his diplomate in Rehabilitation Psychology in 1997 and his Diplomate in Clinical Geropsychology in 2013. Dr.Lichtenberg has been at Wayne State University since 1991 first as the Associate Director of Psychology at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan and since 1998 as the Director of the Institute of Gerontology. In 2008 he added Directing the Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute to his duties and created the Lifespan Alliance at Wayne State University.

Dr. Lichtenberg is a national expert in financial capacity assessment and financial exploitation of older adults. Dr. Lichtenberg, one of the first board certified Clinical Geropsychologists in the nation, has made contributions to the practice of psychology across a variety of areas including in Alzheimer’s disease, medical rehabilitation and with those suffering from late life depression. He is particularly interested in the area of intersection between financial capacity and financial exploitation; finding ways to balance autonomy and protection for older adults. He has published articles on psychological vulnerability and fraud and is nationally known for his work on financial decision making, capacity and undue influence. He has conducted independent medical evaluations and expert witness work over 200 times in the past decade on issues related to older adults and capacity as well as undue influence. He has taught clinicians across the nation on improving their assessments of capacity and of financial exploitation. Dr. Lichtenberg is the author of seven books including the 2015 APA 2 Volume Handbook of He has authored or co-authored over 200 peer review journal articles and book chapters.

Dr. Lichtenberg has been a well funded researcher and is currently holding key roles in several investigator and center-related grants. Please refer to his CV for details.

Dr. Lichtenberg has been active in service to the profession throughout his career; holding many board positions, and leadership roles in the American Psychological Association, Gerontological Society of America and Psychologists in Long Term Care. For a full listing of local and national service please see his CV below.


Office Location

71 East Ferry, Detroit, MI 48202

Office Phone

(313) 664-2633

Areas of Expertise

A specialist in both Rehabilitation Psychology and Clinical Geropsychology. Post-doctorally trained Geriatric Neuropsychologist.

Research Focus

Financial decision making, financial exploitation and financial capacity in older adults. Neurocognitive impairment, late life depression and impacts on quality of life and longevity


Innovation Hall
Room 102
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103


Tom Meuser


(207) 221-4140

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3:00 PM5:00 PM
Innovation Hall

Portland Campus

Faculty, Professional Staff & Doctoral Students are Welcome!