Margaret Huyck , PhDProfessor Emeritus
Office: Life Sciences Building, Room 90
Margaret Hellie Huyck, Ph.D. has been a gerontologist for over four decades, beginning with her graduate studies with the Committee on Human Development at the University of Chicago. She is Professor Emeritus from the College of Psychology at Illinois Institute of Technology. She has published two books about aging (Growing Older: What You Need to Know About Aging, 1974; and The Psychology of Adult Development and Aging, 1984), and has lectured about the issues in the U.S., Norway, and the Netherlands.
She is currently working with two research projects. She serves as the Principal Investigator for a four-university study developing measures and best practices for competencies in multidisciplinary teamwork and ethical reasoning; this research was funded by National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education (2009-2012, Grant 0817531). In addition, she is working with Frank Lane, Director of the Rehabilitation Psychology Program at IIT, and Phil Troyk, biomedical engineering faculty member at IIT, exploring the responses of blind individuals to the prospect or the reality of receiving a brain implant device intended to restore perception. Previously, she was the Principal Investigator for an intensive study of 150 families, including young adult child and both parents, in “Parkville”. This research explored the ways the generations influenced each other as they moved along the life course. The Parkville research was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health at the National Institutes of Health (1980-84).
Her contributions have been recognized within IIT with the Julia Beveridge Award for Outstanding Women at IIT. She is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. She was awarded a Senior Science Policy Fellow by the American Psychological Association 1997-98; during that year she worked in the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research at the National Institutes of Health.
For three decades Margaret has been active in OWL – “the voice of midlife and older women”; she currently serves as President of the National Board, and Secretary of the Hyde Park OWL chapter. She is on the steering committee of the Hyde Park Village, and hopes to see this organize thrive. She is also the Secretary of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club.
Margaret and her husband Tom have lived in Hyde Park for half a century (as long as they have been married). They raised their two daughters here; the elder, Liz, lives in Woodlawn and edits ASK magazine (science for kids). The younger, Karin, lives with her husband and daughter in Virginia; she and her husband both work for the IRS as tax lawyers. Tom and Margaret are active members of the First Unitarian Church.
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Research & Major Accomplishments
Recent research projects include the following
- Evaluating a program designed to support family members providing care to an elder person: The program is funded by the Administration on Aging to the Metropolitan Family Services.
- Consulting on the Successful Aging in a Caring Community Project, through Metropolitan Family Services, which explores programs a community can develop to use the talents of older adults and provide a better place in which to live. Dr. Huyck worked with a senior student who did a senior honors thesis on her work developing a program for "Senior Friendly Businesses" in Blue Island; the student's poster won a prize at the IIT Research Fair.
- Identifying factors which make some men vulnerable to depression and stress in midlife: This research draws on a study of 150 families in "Parkville" - young adult children and their middle-aged and aging mothers and fathers.
Huyck, M.H. (1999). Gender roles and gender identity in midlife. In S. L. Willis & J.D. Reid (Eds.), Life in the Middle. Academic Press.
Huyck, M.H., Zucker, P. & Angelaccio. C. (2000). Gender across generations. In E. Markson & L. Hollis-Sawyer (Eds.), Intersections of aging: Readings in Social Gerontology.
Sterns, H. & Huyck, M.H. (2001) The role of work in midlife. In M. Lachman (Ed.), Handbook of Midlife Development. N.Y.: Wiley.
Huyck, M.H. (2001) Romantic relationships in later life. In R. Blieszner & B. deVries (Guest Editors), Generations: Special Issues on Intimacy and Aging, June.
Huyck, M.H. (2002, April). Helping women change in the middle and later years. Workshop/lecture, American Society on Aging/ National Council on Aging Conference, Denver, Co.
Huyck, M.H. (2002, April). Organizer of workshop/lecture on Developing effective urban caregiver support programs; and presenter, Evaluating caregiver support programs; American Society on Aging/ National Council on Aging Joint Conference, Denver, Co.
Huyck, M.H. (2002). Health care in the USA: A very complex system. Proceedings of the IV International Conference, Complex Systems: Control and Modeling Problems (pp 380-385). June 17-23, 2002, Samara, Russia.
Huyck, M.H. (2002, August). Why are some married men vulnerable at midlife? In V. Bedford (Chair), Men In Relationships symposium, American Psychological Association Meetings. Chicago, Il.