Andrew Hostetler is the Associate Chair, Co-Director for Community Research and Engagement in the COLLEGE College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences in the Psychology Department.

Andrew J. Hostetler, Ph.D.

Co-Director for Community Research and Engagement

College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Coburn - 850 Broadway Street


Adult development & aging, adolescence, personality, cross-cultural psychology, the psychology of gender & research methods, service learning

Research Interests

Adult development & aging, adolescence, personality, cross-cultural psychology, the psychology of gender & research methods, service learning.

The research of Andrew Hostetler, Ph.D, focuses broadly on social and personality development, in ecological context, from adolescence through later life. He has secondary interests in the areas of cultural, community and health psychology, as well as gender and sexual development. These broad interests are tied together by a general concern with the role of individual choice, as it is both enabled and constrained by ecological factors, in shaping subjective well-being, life satisfaction, and other developmental outcomes. He is currently pursuing these theoretical concerns via three separate lines of research. The first research line examines contexts and processes of optimal development among lesbians and gay men. The second line addresses gender differences in anticipating, planning for, and managing the demands of work and family. Finally, he is starting work on a project investigating ethnic and cultural differences in family and community life, productive engagement, and well-being in the so-called ñthird ageî of the post-retirement years.


  • Ph D: Psychology and Human Development, (2001), University of Chicago - Chicago, IL
    Dissertation/Thesis Title: Single gay men: Cultural models of adult development, psychological well-being, and the meaning of being "single by choice"
  • MA: Education, (1994), Stanford University - Stanford, CA
  • BA: Psychology, (1991), Cornell University - Ithaca, NY


Andrew Hostetler, Ph.D. previously taught at University of Minnesota, Morris (2002-05)  and he held a Sloan Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Cornell Employment and Family Careers Institute and the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center, Cornell University from 2001-02. He joined the faculty in 2005.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Gender Studies Teaching Fellowship (2006), Teaching - University of Massachusetts Lowell, Office of the Provost
  • Dewey Prize Lectureship, Department of Psychology (2000) - University of Chicago
  • Honored by Phi Beta Kappa (1991) - Phi Beta Kappa
  • Honored by Phi Kappa Phi, Psi Chi, and Golden Key honor society (1990) - Phi Kappa Phi, Psi Chi, Golden Key

Selected Publications

  • Hostetler, A.J., Paterson, S.E. (2017). Toward a Community Psychology of Aging: A Lifespan Perspective. (pp. 605 - 622). American Psychological Association
  • Hostetler, A.J., Paterson, S.E. (2013). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth (2:).
  • Desrochers, S., Sargent, L.D., Hostetler, A.J. (2012). Boundary-Spanning Demands, Personal Mastery, and Family Satisfaction: Individual and Crossover Effects Among Dual-Earner Parents. Marriage and Family Review, 48(5) 443-464.
  • Hostetler, A.J. (2012). Community Involvement, Perceived Control, and Attitudes toward Aging among Lesbians and Gay Men. International journal of aging & human development, 75(2) 141-167.
  • Hostetler, A.J., Desrochers, S., Kopko, K., Moen, P. (2012). Marital and Family Satisfaction as a Function of Work-family Demands and Community Resources: Individual and Couple-level Analyses. Journal of Family Issues, 33(3) 316-340.
  • Hostetler, A.J., Bond, M.A., Tran, N., Haynes, M.C. (2012). Practice Competencies and Community Social Psychology @UMass Lowell. The Community Psychologist, 45(2) 7-11.
  • Hostetler, A.J. (2012). Sexual Orientation, Middle Adulthood, and Narratives of Transition and Change (pp. 118-131).
  • Hostetler, A.J. (2012). Singlehood and Subjective Well-Being among Mature Gay Men: The Impact of Family, Friends, and of Being "Single by Choice". Journal of GLBT Family Studies, 8(4) 361-384.
  • Hostetler, A.J., Ackerson, L. (2011). Gender, Social Resources, and Health Outcomes among Urban-Dwelling Seniors: Findings from a Low-Income, Subsidized Housing Sample. Gerontologist, 51.
  • Hostetler, A.J. (2011). Senior Centers in the Era of the "Third Age:" Country Clubs, Community Centers, or Something Else? Journal of Aging Studies, 25(2).
  • Hostetler, A.J. (2009). Generativity and Time in Gay men's Life Stories (pp. 397-424).
  • Hostetler, A.J. (2009). Homosexuality & Bisexuality: Cultural and Historical Perspectives (pp. 460-462).
  • Hostetler, A.J. (2009). Single by Choice? Assessing and Understanding Voluntary Singlehood among Mature Gay Men. Journal of homosexuality, 56(4) 499-531.
  • Hostetler, A.J. (2008). Educational Careers, Returning to School, and Work-family Concerns.
  • Hostetler, A.J., Sweet, S., Moen, P. (2007). Gendered Career Paths: A Life Course Perspective on Returning to School. Sex Roles, 56(1-2) 85-103.
  • Hostetler, A.J., Cohler, B.J. (2006). Gay and Lesbian Lives in the Third Age: Possibilities and Paradoxes. Annual Review of Gerontology and Geriatrics, J.B.James & P.Wink (Vol.Eds.) and K.W.Schaie (Series Ed.), The crown of life: Dynamics of the early postretirement period.New York: Spring Publishing, 26 263-281.
  • Hostetler, A.J. (2004). Old, Gay and Alone? The Ecology of Well-being among Middle-aged and Older Single Gay Men (pp. 143-176).
  • Cohler, B.J., Hostetler, A.J. (2003). Linking Life Course and Life Story: Social Change and the Narrative Study of Lives (pp. 555-578).
  • Cohler, B.J., Hostetler, A.J. (2002). Aging, Intimate Relationships, and Life Story among Gay Men (pp. 137-160).
  • Cohler, B.J., Galatzer-Levy, R.M., Hostetler, A.J. (2000). Gay and Lesbian Lives Across the Adult Years (pp. 193-251).
  • Hostetler, A.J. (1999). Book Review: "And then I became Gay" by Ritch Savin-Williams. Men and Masculinities, 1 401-402.
  • Hostetler, A.J., Herdt, G. (1998). Culture, Sexual Lifeways and Developmental Subjectivities: Rethinking Sexual Taxonomies. Social Research, 65 249-290.
  • Cohler, B.J., Hostetler, A.J., Boxer, A. (1998). Generativity, Social Context & Lived Experience: Narratives of Gay Men in Middle Adulthood (pp. 265-309).
  • Hostetler, A.J., Herdt, G., Cohler, B.J. (1997). Coming of Age: Lesbians, Gays & Bisexuals in the Second Half of Life. Special issue, Journal of Gay, Lesbian, & Bisexual Identity, 2.
  • Hostetler, A.J., Cohler, B. (1997). Partnership, Singlehood & the Lesbian and Gay Life Course: A Research Agenda. Journal of Gay, Lesbian, & Bisexual Identity, 2 199-230.

Selected Presentations

  • Age-Friendly University Inventory: Process and Outcome from UMass Lowell Campus - 75th Annual Scientific Meeting, Gerontological Society of America, November 2020 - Philadelphia, PA
  • Age-Friendly University: Qualitative Analysis Findings from 5th Annual Healthy Aging - Living Well Forum - Leadership in Aging Conference, National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, November 2019 - Austin, TX

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • "Learn and Serve" Service Learning Faculty Grant (2010), Grant - Learn and Serve America
  • Reaching All Seniors: Ensuring Racial and Ethnic Diversity in "Lowell Seniors Cou (2008), Contract -
    Hostetler, A.J. (Principal)
  • Researching All Seniors: Ensuring Racial and Ethnic Diversity in "Lowell Seniors Count" (2008), Grant - Massachusetts Department of Public Health
  • Building a Healthy Senior Community: Lowell Seniors Count (2008), Grant - Massachusetts Partnership for Healthy Communities
  • Redefining Aging, Redefining Community (2006), Grant - Joseph P. Healey and Public Service Endowment
  • Reaching All Seniors: Ensuring Racial and Ethnic Diversity in "Lowell Seniors Cou (2007), Grant -
    Hostetler, A.J. (Principal)
  • Service Learning Faculty Fellowship, Strenghtening (2004), Fellowship - University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Service Learning (Mini-Grant) (2003), Grant - University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Sloan Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cornell Employment and Family Careers Institute and Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center (2001), Fellowship - Cornell University
  • Searle Dissertation Fellowship (1999), Fellowship - University of Chicago
  • Sexuality Research Dissertation Fellowship (1998), Fellowship - Social Science Research Council
  • University Unendowed Fellowship (1997), Fellowship - University of Chicago, Division of Social Sciences
  • Century Scholarship (1994), Grant - University of Chicago, Division of Social Sciences
  • Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Culture and Mental Health Training Program (1994), Fellowship - National Institute of Mental Health

Research Currently in Progress

  • Age-Friendly Lowell, Tufts Health Plan Foundation

    This project aims to build capacity to develop and implement an action and evaluation plan to promote health, independence, and quality of life among older Lowell residents by mobilizing resources at multiple levels to effect system change.
    Feldeisen, S.N. (Principal), Cornell, D. (Co-Principal), Hostetler, A.J. (Co-Investigator), Toof, R. (Co-Investigator), Melillo, K.D. (Co-Investigator)