Christina Pierpaoli Parker, MA, is fourth-year graduate student in the Clinical Geropsychology doctoral program at the University of Alabama under the mentorship of Drs. Forrest Scogin and Martha R. Crowther. Her research explores associations of chronic illness with psychological health in older adults. Current areas of inquiry include how feelings of usefulness to others in later life predict active (vs. passive) coping strategies with chronic pain; daily variability in subjective age; as well as obesity and its linkages with pain, depression, and disability among adults with osteoarthritis. Her work has been published in the journals Aging & Health, Sex & Marital Therapy, featured in Evidence Based Treatments for Eating Disorders: Children, Adolescents, and Adults, and presented at the American Psychological Association and Gerontological Society of America’s national conferences.