Douglas A. Hershey

Welcome to the
Retirement Planning Research Laboratory

The Retirement Planning Research Laboratory is dedicated to the study of when, why, and how effectively individuals plan for retirement. Our focus is on understanding how differences in psychological, social and economic factors lead to differences retirement quality of life outcomes. Much of our work highlights financial planning competencies among pre-retirees, and ways in which financial planning decisions can be improved through individual and group-based intervention programs. We encourage you to explore our web site in order to learn more about the psychomotivational basis of retirement planning.

Good plans shape good decisions. That's why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true.
-Lester R. Bittel

Each decision we make, each action we take, is born out of an intention.
-Sharon Salzberg


Meet our energetic and committed staff, …learn about ongoing projects and research plans for the future, …and find reprints, psychological measures, and web-based resources that will help facilitate successful retirement planning practices.