Molly Maxfield, Ph.D.

Molly Maxfield, PhD

Molly Maxfield, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
COLU 4041
Wednesday: 1:45pm-3:45pm

Professional Summary

Dr. Molly Maxfield is an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department. She received her graduate training at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (M.A. in 2005, Ph.D. in 2009). She completed a predoctoral internship at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, specializing in cognitive and behavioral assessment. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Skidmore College.

Dr. Maxfield's research interests include social cognition and aging. She is interested in how older adults' perceived and objectively assessed cognitive functioning impact self-perception and social functioning, as well as how external cues impact older adults' perceived cognitive functioning and concern about cognitive impairment (dementia worry). Her research also includes the use of terror management theory to understand age-related differences in responses to increased awareness of mortality.


  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Geropsychology, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 2009
  • M.A. Psychology, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 2005
  • B.A. Psychology, Skidmore College

Areas of Interest

Social cognition and aging, dementia worry, terror management and aging


  • PSY 3000 - Honors Seminar I
  • PSY 3400 - Social Psychology
  • PSY 4000 - Honors Seminar II
  • PSY 5210 - Psychology of Aging I
  • PSY 6740 - Clinical Practicum (Aging Center)
  • PSY 6850 - Clinical Interviewing and Personality Assessment
  • PSY 6860 - Cognitive Assessment
  • PSY 6880 - Clinical Neuropsychology Laboratory

Representative Publications

  • Bluntschli, J. R., Maxfield, M., Grasso, R. L., & Kisley, M. A. (in press). The last word: A comparison of younger and older adults' brain responses to reminders of death. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences.
  • Molden, J., & Maxfield, M. (in press). The impact of aging stereotypes on dementia worry. European Journal of Ageing.
  • Maxfield, M., Greenberg, J., Pyszczynski, T., Weise, D., Kosloff, S., Soenke, M., Abeyta, A., & Blatter, J. (2014). Increases in generative concern among older adults following reminders of mortality. The International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 79, 1-21.
  • Bevan, A. L., Maxfield, M., & Bultmann, M. N. (2014). The effects of age and death awareness on intentions for health behaviors. Psychology and Health, 29, 409-421.
  • Maxfield, M., John, S., & Pyszczynski, T. (2014). A terror management perspective on the role of death-anxiety in psychological dysfunction. The Humanistic Psychologist, 42, 35-53.
  • Maxfield, M., Pyszczynski, T., & Solomon, S. (2013). Finding meaning in death: Terror management among the terminally ill. In N. Straker (Ed.) Facing death: A psychoanalytic perspective from the treatment of cancer patients (pp. 41-60). Blue Ridge Summit, PA: Jason Aronson.
  • Maxfield, M., Pyszczynski, T., Greenberg, J., Pepin, R., & Davis, H. P. (2012). The moderating role of executive functioning in older adults' responses to a reminder of mortality. Psychology and Aging, 27, 256-263.
  • Abdollahi, A., Pyszczynski, T., Maxfield, M., & Luszczynska, A. (2011). Anxiety buffer disruption theory: The relationship between dissociation, anxiety-buffer functioning and severity of posttraumatic symptoms. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 3, 329-341.
  • Maxfield, M., Pyszczynski, T., Cox, C., Kluck, B., Greenberg, J., Solomon, S., & Weise, D. (2007). Age related differences in responses to thoughts of one's own death:  Mortality salience and judgments of moral transgressions. Psychology and Aging, 22, 341-353. 

Representative & Recent Service/Leadership Roles

UCCS Psychology Department Director of the Clinical M.A. & Geropsychology Clinical PhD Programs (2015-2016)