Jasmin Tahmaseb McConatha
  • Professor of Psychology
  • Coordinator of the West Chester University Gerontology Program
  • BS Sociology, BA Psychology, University of Utah
  • MS Counseling Psychology, Jacksonville State and University of Alabama
  • Ph.D, University of Georgia
  • Office Phone: 610-436-3298
  • Office Room Number: Wayne Hall 5th Floor Room 532
  • Preferred Means of Contact: The best way to reach me is email, phone, or during my office hours.
  • Email Jasmin Tahmaseb McConatha

Office Hours Spring 2021

  • Mondays 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

via Zoom: https://wcupa.zoom.us/j/96930812836?pwd=bzhacTBsZkhWNzBkNjJOMVJxMU1adz09

  • Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. 
  • Thursdays 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Please email me and I will send you a zoom link for the above times and other times if needed.

Courses Typically Taught

  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Personality
  • Social Psychology
  • Senior Seminar (Culture and Psychology)
  • Adult Development

Blog Author

  • Live Long and Prosper (2013 to present) A regularly published Blog with a focus on factors influencing Wellbeing and Longevity. Psychology Today, APA.

Brief Description of Research Interests

My research interests focus on the intersecting influences of age and culture. I am also interested in research on aging. In particular I have conducted research on the psychological, social, and cultural factors which help middle aged and older adults of diverse backgrounds promote and maintain their well being and happiness.


  • Volkwein-Kaplan, K. & Tahmaseb McConatha, J. (2018) Ageing, Physical Activity, and Health (International Perspectives).  New York, NY: Routledge Publishers
  • Tahmaseb McConatha, J. (2014), Stress Management and Longevity. Oxford, England: Meyer&Meyer.
  • Tahmaseb McConatha, J & Volkwein-Caplan, K. (2012) The Social Geography of Aging. Oxford, England: Meyer&Meyer.
  • Tahmaseb McConatha, J. & Volkwein-Caplan, K. (2010) Cultural Contours of the Body: Aging and Fitness. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishers.


Representative Publications

  • Tahmaseb McConatha, J., McConatha, M. & Stricker, L. (2019) My days in solitary confinement: The plight of older immigrant caregivers. International Journal of Aging and Society.
  • Dartnell, D.; Tahmaseb McConatha, J.; Kumar, V.K.; & Treadwell, T. (2017) The Mourning After: A group for bereaved caregivers. Group, 41 (2), 119 – 134.
  • Tahmaseb McConatha, J. & Corcoran, M. J. (2015) Still Divided: Technology and Inequality. The APA Amplifier. Published by the American Psychological Association.
  • Tahmaseb McConatha, J. & Sullivan, J.  (2014) Health and Fitness in Older Minority Adults. In Guletta, T. P. and Bloom, M. The Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion (2nd ed.). Publisher: Baker and Taylor International.
  • Dissanayake, M. P. & Tahmaseb McConatha, J. (2013) The Interplay of Multiple Identities of individual across Multiple Domains. World Cultures eJournal, 19 (1), 1-12.
  • Tahmaseb McConatha, J. (2013) Reflections in the Media: The Many faces of Ageism. The APA Amplifier, 12-13.
  • McConatha, J. Tahmaseb & Volkwein-Caplan, K. (2011) Community and Well-being Among Older Women in the Russia Diaspora. Making Connections: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Cultural Diversity
  • Dissanayake, M. P. & McConatha, J. Tahmaseb. (2011) A Comparative Investigation of the Self Image and Identity of Sri Lankans. World Cultures eJournal.
  • McConatha, J. Tahmaseb & Volkwein-Caplan, K. (2011) Culture, Aging, and Well Being. The International Journal of Sport and Society.
  • McConatha, J. Tahmaseb & Volkwein, K. (2010). Cultural Contours of the Body: Aging and Fitness. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishers
  • McConatha, J. Tahmaseb. (2009). Volkwein, K., Vita, M.E., Mauriello, M., & DiGregorio, N. American and German men and women discuss retirement: a qualitative study. Open Journal of Psychology, 2, 1-7.
  • McConatha, J. Tahmaseb. (2008) The Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami. The Quarterly Review of Film, 25(5), 434-437.
  • Mauriello, M. & McConatha, J. Tahmaseb (2007). Relations of humor with perceptions of stress. Psychological Reports, 101, 1057-1066.
  • McConatha, J. Tahmaseb & DiGregorio, N. (2007). A Gender and Cultural Comparison of the Relationship between Free Time and Perceived Quality of Life. The International Journal of the Humanities, 5 (3), 235-242.
  • McConatha, D. & McConatha, J. Tahmaseb. (2007). Ageism and Modernization in Contemporary China. Indian Journal of Gerontology, 21(2), 170-185.
  • McConatha, J. Tahmaseb, & Stoller, P. (2006) Moving out of the Market: Retirement and West African Immigrants in the United States. The Journal of Intercultural Studies, 27 (3) 255-269.
  • McConatha, J. Tahmaseb, & Stoller, P. (2006) Moving out of the Market: Retirement and West African Immigrants in the United States. The Journal of Intercultural Studies, 27 (3) 255-269.
  • McConatha, J. Tahmaseb, Mauriello, M. & Vita, M. (2006) African American Men Confront Retirement in. In K. Cook, & K. Gilbert (Eds.), Life on the margins: Implications for health research. Sydney, Australia:: Pearson Education Australia

Community Work (2013 to 2018)

  • Coordinator of WCU's in the World Health Organization's Consortium of Age Friendly Communities. (2013-Present)
  • Coordinator of AARP Livable Cities for people of all ages (2016 to Present)

Work relation citations in general publications:

  • June 2019 - Woman's World: Women First Magazine: Managing Micro-Stress - Article based on an interview and discussion of her work on managing micro-stressors.



Personal Interests

My personal interests include travelling, hiking, reading, cooking.

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