Welcome to the SPAN Lab!


Directed by Professors Thomas Oltmanns and Ryan Bogdan at Washington University in St. Louis


The primary study being conducted in the SPAN lab is the St. Louis Personality & Aging Network (SPAN) study.  This study was launched in April of 2007 and it is being conducted by a multidisciplinary team of investigators who have substantial experience in personality, aging, and epidemiological studies.  It is a prospective, longitudinal study of the stability and impact of personality in later life.  The study examines connections among personality traits, physical and subjective health, social adjustment, and biological markers of immune system functioning in a sample of participants approaching the challenges of later life.  A primary goal of the SPAN study is to identify the extent to which personality and personality problems influence the ability to adapt successfully to important life transitions.



October 2021

  • Our project coordinator of the last two years, Sawsan Salah, has moved on to the next steps of her career and we want to both thank her for her hard work and wish her nothing but success in the future!
  • We also want to welcome our new project coordinator – Jackie Bean. Jackie comes to us with a less than traditional acadamia background having spent the last 13 years as a 911 Dispatcher. She has already hit the ground running and we’re very excited to have her as the new coordinator.

December 2021

  • After several years of preparation, we have finally launched the second phase of the SPIN study – appropriately named SPIN2!
  • The lab recently received some upgrades, including new paint, light fixtures, etc. Here are some pictures!

June 2022

  • After six years spent at WashU, four of them as an undergrad and two as the BrainLab’s Lab Manager, Isabella Hansen is leaving the nest and starting her new career in New York City. We are so very appreciative of all your hard work and wish you nothing but success in the big city!!
  • SPIN2 is running very smoothly and we just can’t say thank you enough to our participants for their continued participation in our study. Click here for a special message from Dr. Oltmanns and Dr. Bogdan.
  • We are working on a new project that will help our participants have a better understanding of the publications and the results of all the years of data we’ve been collecting. Stay tuned…

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