Speakers


Rosalind C. Barnett, Ph.D.

Rosalind Chait Barnett, Ph.D. is a Senior Scientist at the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and Executive Director of its Community, Families & Work Program. Alone and with others, she has published over 110 articles, 39 chapters, and six books. Same Difference: How Gender Myths are Hurting Our Relationships, Our Children and our Jobs, written with Caryl Rivers, was published in paperback in 2004 by Basic Books. She and Caryl are working on a new book entitled, The Truth About Boys and Girls. Her articles have appeared both in academic journals and in such general publications as The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, McCalls , Self, and Working Woman. Her major current research interests are in: (1) employees' concerns about adult elders and relatives for whom they have responsibility and employees' own well-being and job performance outcomes; (2) linkages between utilization of workplace flexibility policies and employees' health; (3) and associations between having a materially dependent young adult child and parents' own mental health.

Dr. Barnett is the recipient of several national and international awards, including being recipient of the One of the Top Five Downloaded Articles in Blackwell Synergy in 2005 Award, the American Personnel and Guidance Association's Annual Award for Outstanding Research, the Radcliffe College Graduate Society's Distinguished Achievement Medal and Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government's 1999 Goldsmith Research Award. A 1997 journal article co-authored with Robert Brennan received the "best paper" of 1997 award from the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Kevin E. Cahill, Ph.D.

Kevin E. Cahill, Ph.D., is an economic consultant at Analysis Group in Boston. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Boston College and a B.A. in mathematics from Rutgers College. Dr. Cahill currently writes on topics related to the economics of aging, with an emphasis on the role of bride jobs in the retirement process. He also has expertise in quantitative modeling and has worked with large-scale, nationally representative data sets.

Previously, Dr. Cahill served as the Associate Director for research at the Center for Retirement Research (CRR) at Boston College and as an Economist with Abt Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His work at the CRR addressed topics related to retirement income, such as phased and early retirement and employer-provided pensions. At Abt, Dr. Cahill worked as an Economist/Quantitative Analyst and constructed statistical models for various government agencies, including the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Administration for Children and Families.

Sara J. Czaja, Ph.D.

Sara J. Czaja is a Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Industrial Engineering at the University of Miami. She is also the Co-Director of the Center on Aging at the University of Miami and the Director of the Center on Research and Education for Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE). CREATE is funded by the National Institute on Aging involves collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology and Florida State University. The focus of CREATE is on making technology more accessible, useful, and usable for older adult populations.

Dr. Czaja has extensive experience in aging research and a long commitment to developing strategies to improve the quality of life for older adults. Her research interests include: aging and cognition, caregiving,human-computer interaction, training, and functional assessment. Dr. Czaja is very well published in the field of aging and has written numerous book chapters and scientific articles. She recently co-authored a book with other members of the CREATE team concerning the design of technology for older adult populations. In addition, she is a fellow of the American psychological Association and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and the Gerontological Society of America. She is the past chair of the Risk Prevention and Behavior Scientific Review Panel of the National Institute on Health.

Amanda Diekman, Ph.D.

I am interested in the origins and consequences of social roles, including how these roles change over time, influence evaluations of others, and contribute to group differences in attitudes and behavior. One major focus of my work is the examination of dynamic stereotypes, or beliefs that a group has changed from the past and will continue to change in the future. Currently, I am exploring the antecedents and consequences of stereotype dynamism versus stability, with the goal of understanding how the perceived mobility of social groups influences affective, cognitive, and behavioral processes relevant to social change. Another line of my research examines the gender gap in political and social attitudes, including stereotypes about the attitudes of men and women, gender congeniality effects on voting, and the stability of the gender gap over time.

David Ekerdt, Ph.D.

David J. Ekerdt is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Gerontology Center at the University of Kansas. From 1988-1997 he was Associate Director of the Center on Aging and Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Ekerdt teaches the sociology of aging and quantitative research methods, and has supervised graduate students on both campuses. His funded studies of work and retirement have examined the retirement process and its effects on health, well-being, and the marital relationship, as well as behavioral expectations on later life.

Dr. Ekerdt is presently conducting research on American workers' changing plans and decisions for retirement, and on the ways that people manage and dispose of their possessions in later life. These studies have been supported by grants from the National Institute on Aging. He also is Editor-in-Chief of the Macmillan Encyclopedia of Aging, a four-volume, one-million-word work published in 2002. The work has seven specialty editors from the U.S. and Canada and covers topics in biology, health care, social and behavioral sciences, humanities, ethics, and social policy.

A graduate of Boston University (Ph.D., 1979), Dr. Ekerdt has also been a member of the faculties of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Boston University School of Public Health. From 1994 to 1997 he served as editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and from 1998-2001 was Chair of the Editorial Board for the journal Generations. From 1997 to 1999 he was chair of the Human Development and Aging (HUD-2) study section for grant reviews at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Ekerdt is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, and he has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society on Aging. During 2002-2003 he served as chair of the Aging and Life Course section of the American Sociological Association. During 2004-2006 he chaired the Publications Committee of the Gerontological Society of America.

Jacquelyn B. James, Ph.D.

Jacquelyn B. James is research director at the Boston College Center for Work & Family, research professor at the Lynch School of Education, and a research associate at the Center on Aging and Work/Workplace Flexibility, also at Boston College. She received her Ph.D. in personality and developmental psychology at Boston University. Prior to coming to Boston College she was associate director of the Murray Research Center: A Center for the Study of Lives at Harvard University. Her research has focused on the meaning and experience of work in women's lives, gender roles, and adult development. She and her colleagues have published numerous articles, opinion pieces, and four edited books. The most recent volume (with co-author Dr. Paul Wink, professor of psychology at Wellesley College), The Crown of Life: Dynamics of the Early Postretirement Period, is about the opportunities and challenges inherent in the early retirement years for new generations of retirees. Currently, she is working with Dr. Jennifer Swanberg at the University of Kentucky to examine the elements of responsive workplaces for hourly workers, a study funded by the Ford Foundation. Both she and Dr. Swanberg are also working with the Center on Aging and Work/Workplace Flexibility on two projects funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to study effective workplaces for older workers and intergenerational teams: the Workplace Culture and Flexible Work Arrangements Study, and the Age and Generations Study.

Dr. James is past- president of the Society for the Study of Human Development and serves on the editorial board of the society's flagship journal, Research in Human Development.

Eliza K. Pavalko, Ph.D.

Eliza Pavalko is the Allen D. and Polly S. Grimshaw Professor of Sociology at Indiana University. Her research focuses on the intersections of work, family and health as people move through mid and later life. A core area of research has focused on the relationship between women's labor force participation, family demands and health, examining how women's paid and unpaid careers (including housework and caregiving) affect their physical and emotional health, but also how those careers may themselves be shaped by health. Recently, specific projects have focused on research questions such as whether the health effects of women's employment have changed across birth cohorts, whether access to family-friendly workplace policies ease the burden women experience when they care for an ill or disabled family member, how the organization of work time affects physical and mental health in midlife. Because of interests in work experiences, she has also collaborated with students and colleagues on several projects investigating women's perceptions of employment discrimination, including age discrimination, and investigated transitions in and out of a state mental hospital.

Eliza Pavalko is currently serving as the editor of The Journal of Health and Social Behavior and her work has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, National Institute of Mental Health, and the National Science Foundation. She has published widely in sociology, medical sociology and aging journals including American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, Medical Care and Psychiatry. From 2001-2004 she served as the Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology at Indiana University and is the incoming chair for the Section on Aging and the Life Course for the American Sociological Association. In addition, she has received several departmental teaching honors, including a Trustees Teaching Award and the Graduate Student Mentor Award.

Marci Pitt-Catsouphes, Ph.D.

Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes co-directs the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College. Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes directs the Center's Global Perspectives Institute and its State Perspectives Institute. She is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work and has an appointment at Carroll School of Management. She was the Co-Principal Investigator for the 2006 National Study of Business Strategy and Workforce Development and is the Co-Principal Investigator of the Age & Generations Study. She was invited to the 2005 White House Conference on Aging as an issue expert, and recently co-edited a special issue of Generations (2007) that focused on aging and work. Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes was a recipient of the 2007 Work-Life Legacy Award.

Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes' articles have been published in a number of scholarly and practitioner journals. She was a founding co-editor for the international journal, Community, Work and Family. Her recent publications include The Work-Family Handbook: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives and Approaches to Research, published by Erlbaum Publishers (2006) which she edited with colleagues. She received her B.A. from Tufts University, M.S.P. from Boston College, and Ph.D. from Boston University.

Vincent J. Roscigno, Ph.D.

Vincent Roscigno is Professor of Sociology at Ohio State University, where he is currently a Joan Huber Faculty Fellow for Research Excellence in the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences. His research focuses on social stratification, work, education, and social movements. A central focus in these regards is how individuals and social groups negotiate institutional constraint and processes of social closure and exclusion. Recently, and using unique quantitative and qualitative data, he has examined workplace bullying and race and sex discrimination in the workplace. One increasingly important dimension of worker vulnerability, he has found in recent published work, is age discrimination. Drawing on discrimination case file materials themselves, he is currently analyzing processes and costs of age discrimination, and also the ways in which employer's rationalize/justify such actions.

Vincent Roscigno is currently the editor of the American Sociological Review. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation. He has published extensively in sociology, including in journals such as the American Journal of Sociology, The American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Social Problems, Work & Occupations, Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, and The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. He has also authored two books, The Voice of Southern Labor (2001) and The Face of Discrimination (2007), and has been the recipient of several outstanding article awards from various sections of the American Sociological Association.

Erlene Rosowsky, Psy.D.

Dr. Erlene Rosowsky is a licensed psychologist and past-president of Needham Psychotherapy Associates, LLC. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of emotional problems at middle-age through later life. Specific interests are personality in older age, health and aging, and the older couple.

Dr. Rosowsky divides her time between clinical practice and professional and community education. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and is affiliated with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center - Needham Campus. She is on the faculty of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology and is Director of their Center for Mental Health and Aging. Dr. Rosowsky is a Fellow in the Gerontological Society of America.

Dr. Rosowsky is well-published in the professional literature, and is a popular national speaker and workshop leader for both professional and lay groups. She serves as Chair of the Generations editorial board and wrote a column, Speaking of Aging, for the Journal of Retirement Planning.

Maximiliane E. Szinovacz, Psy.D.

Maximiliane E. Szinovacz is Professor and Director of the Gerontology Institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She received her doctorate from the University of Vienna, Austria. She has co-authored or edited five books, most recently Caregiving Contexts, and published over 70 articles and book chapters. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and of the National Council on Family Relations. Her research interests focus on retirement, intergenerational relationships, caregiving, and grandparenthood.