Gerontology Program

Magdalena I. Tolea


Postdoctoral Fellow in Gerontology Education

107 Bellerive Hall (South Campus)

Office Hours:  By appointment.

Education:  PhD, Gerontology, University of Maryland at Baltimore (MAB), 2007; MS, Epidemiology, MAB, 2007; MA, Applied Sociology, MAB, 2002; BA, Law, Spiru Haret University of Bucharest, Romania, 1998

Courses:  GER 6470 Epidemiology of Aging; GER 4700 Successful Aging: Individual & Society Perpsectives

Research Interests: Age-related decline in physical performance and its psychological correlates, in particular those related to personality.


Tolea MI, Costa PT, Terracciano A, Ferrucci L, Faulkner K, Coday M, Ayonayon HN, Simonsick EM for the Health, Aging and Body Composition study. Associations of Openness and Conscientiousness with walking speed decline: findings from the Health, Aging and Body Composition Study, The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences (2012), doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbs030

Tolea MI, Ferrucci L, Costa PT, Faulkner K, Rosano C, Satterfield S, Ayonayon HN, Simonsick EM. Personality and reduced incidence of walking limitation in late life: Findings from the Health, Aging, and Body Composition Study, The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences (2012), doi:10.1093/geronb/gbs001

Tolea MI, Terracciano A, Simonsick EM, Metter EJ, Costa PT, Ferrucci L. Associations between personality, physical activity level and muscle strength, Journal of Research in Personality (2012), doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2012.02.002

Milaneschi Y, Simonsick EM, Vogelzangs N, Strotmeyer ES, Tylavsky FA, Yaffe K, Harris TB, Tolea MI, Ferrucci L, Penninx BW. Leptin, abdominal obesity and onset of depression in older men and women (In press, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry)

Tolea MI, Terracciano A, Milaneschi Y, Metter EJ, Ferrucci L. Personality typology in relation to muscle strength. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (2011), doi: 10.1007/s12529-011-9166-5

Ko S, Tolea MI, Ferrucci L. Sex-specific differences in gait patterns of healthy older adults – Results from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging. Journal of Biomechanics 2011; 44(10):1974-1979, doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2011.05.005

Tolea MI, Costa PT, Terracciano A, Griswold M, Simonsick EM, Najjar SS, Scuteri A, Deiana B, Orru M, Masala M, Uda M, Schlessinger D, Ferrucci L. Sex-specific correlates of walking speed in a wide age-ranged population.  Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 2010; 65B(2):174-184, doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbp130

Tolea MI, Black SA, Carter-Pokras OD, and Kling MA. Depressive symptoms as a risk factor for osteoporosis and fractures in older Mexican American women. Osteoporosis International 2007;18(3): 315-322, doi:10.1007/s00198-006-0242-7

Silver KD, Tolea M, Wang J, Pollin TA, Yao F, and Mitchell BD. Association of a polymorphism in the betacellulin gene with type 1 diabetes mellitus in two populations. Journal of Molecular Medicine, 2006, 84(7): 616-623, doi: 10.1007/s00109-006-0052-6

Silver KD, Magnuson VL, Tolea M, Wang, J, Hagopian WA, and Mitchell BD. The Exon 1 CYS7GLY polymorphism within the betacellulin gene is associated with type 2 Diabetes in African Americans. Diabetes, 2005, 54(4): 1179-1184, doi: 10.2337/diabetes.54.4.1179