Researchers and Journalists

Rosalind C. Barnett, Ph.D.

Roz BarnettRosalind 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, "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.

Barnett's 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.

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.

Margie Lachman

Angela Bos

Margie E. Lachman, Ph.D. is Minnie and Harold L. Fierman Professor of Psychology and Director of the Lifespan Developmental Psychology Lab at Brandeis University and the Brandeis University Lifespan Initiative on Healthy Aging. She is co-director of the NIH-funded pre and postdoctoral training program, Cognitive Aging in a Social Context. She was editor of the Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences (2000-2003), and has edited two volumes on midlife development. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 20 and the Gerontological Society of America. Lachman's research is in the area of lifespan development with a focus on midlife and later life. With funding from NIA, her current work is aimed at identifying psychosocial (e.g., sense of control) and behavioral (e.g., physical exercise) factors that can protect against, minimize, or compensate for declines in cognition (e.g., memory) and health. She is conducting studies to examine long-term predictors of psychological and physical health, laboratory-based experiments to identify psychological and physiological processes involved in aging-related changes, especially  in memory, and intervention studies to enhance performance and promote adaptive functioning.

Lachman has published numerous chapters and journal articles on these topics. Lachman was a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Midlife Development and is currently collaborating on a 10-year longitudinal follow-up of the original MacArthur midlife sample. She has conducted intervention studies designed to enhance the sense of control over memory and physical exercise, and one of the programs designed to increase control over falling won the Archstone Award for Excellence in Program Innovation from the American Public Health Association. Lachman has served as an advisor to organizations such as the AARP and the Boston Museum of Science for the traveling exhibit on the Secrets of Aging. She has presented her research on the CBS evening news and the NBC Today show. In 2003, she received the Distinguished Research Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, Division on Adult Development and Aging.

Caitrin Lynch

Judy Foreman

Caitrin Lynch, Ph.D., is Professor of Anthropology at Olin College of Engineering ( and a Visiting Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology at Brandeis University. At Olin she chairs and teaches in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences program. She is the secretary of the American Ethnological Society (of the American Anthropological Association) and past treasurer of the American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies. She is the author of two books: Retirement on the Line: Age, Work, and Value in An American Factory, and Juki Girls, Good Girls: Gender and Cultural Politics in Sri Lanka's Global Garment Industry. She also edited, with Jason Danely, the collection of essays entitled Transitions and Transformations: Cultural Perspectives on Aging and the Life CourseLynch is also producer of the documentary film, "My Name is Julius,” about a 100-year-old man’s quest for community and meaning ( Dr. Lynch received her Ph.D. and M.A. in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago and her B.A. in anthropology from Bates College. Dr. Lynch's research and teaching passions include examining the dynamics of work and cultural values (with a focus on aging and gender) as well as the cultural dimensions of offshore manufacturing, plus a commitment to understanding social behavior in global contexts and a devotion to encouraging students to use qualitative methods to think critically about the world around them. She especially strives to expose engineering students to critical analysis and identification of the needs and opportunities in our aging world. One outlet for these efforts is in her interdisciplinary service-learning course “Engineering For Humanity: Helping Elders Age in Place through Partnerships for Healthy Living.” She is currently working on a book project focusing on a 150-year-old New England textile factory, in which she examines questions of outsourcing, precarious labor, gender, and business competition.

Sally Abrahms

Sally AbrahmsSally Abrahms is an award-winning journalist and nationally recognized expert on baby boomers and seniors. Her focus is on caregiving, housing and aging in place technology; she has also written about 50+ work and creative aging. Sally has published in the Wall Street Journal, TIME, Newsweek, AARP, The New York Times, Forbes, USA Today and others.

For two years, she wrote a weekly AARP blog for family caregivers. Sally is the author of two books, and recently contributed a chapter on housing to Not Your Mother’s Retirement.

She has spoken at the annual AARP conference, Harvard Business School and the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit. Sally is the recipient of two fellowships in aging, from the New York Times Foundation and the MetLife Foundation. Check out her work at and follow her on twitter at @sallyabrahms.

Kimberly Blanton

Kim BlantonKim Blanton, a former financial and economics reporter for The Boston Globe, The Economist and other publications, developed and now writes a blog, Squared Away. Squared Away, which is based at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, covers retirement research and trends and the financial behavior and personal financial challenges facing people of all ages and incomes.

Peter Gelzinis

Peter GelzinisPeter Gelzinis is a veteran metro columnist with The Boston Herald who has written extensively about the city he lives in and loves. He has focused on providing a voice to those whose voices are rarely heard, as well as taking issue with those whose voice are far too loud and shrill.

Max Moran

The Justice is the independent student newspaper of Brandeis University. It was established in 1949, one year after the University’s founding, and covers stories regarding the Brandeis administration, faculty and student body. It also features an opinion section, reports on Brandeis sports and covers the arts and cultural scene at the University. The Justice is written, edited, photographed, designed and distributed entirely by students, with no administrative oversight.

Maggie Mulvehill

Maggie MulvehillMaggie Mulvihill has been using data in her award-winning work as a journalist and teacher for over two decades. Maggie’s data journalism students have been honored with 10 regional or national journalism awards since 2011, including the Philip Meyer Precision Journalism Award from Investigative Reporters and Editors, the David S. Barr Social Justice Award for student journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists Regional Mark of Excellence Award, as well as being named finalists for the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists. Maggie’s students also worked on a national government ethics series, led by the Center for Public Integrity, which was a finalist for the Goldsmith Investigative Reporting Prize in 2013.

Maggie is a former media lawyer and a Faculty Fellow at the Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, where she is developing a computational journalism initiative at BU. She is the co-founder of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press, the board of the New England First Amendment Coalition and was a 2004–2005 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. In 2014, Maggie was named to the Federal Freedom of Information Act Advisory Committee.

Caryl Rivers

Caryl RiversCaryl Rivers is the 2007 winner of the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of professional Journalists. She is a nationally known author, journalist, columnist, media critic and professor of journalism at Boston University, and has been reporting about — and commenting on — American life and politics for four decades.

As a Washington newspaper correspondent, she wrote on the Vietnam debate, the women’s movement, the rise of the political right, the battles over political correctness and the divides over race, class and gender that have often convulsed the nation for U.S. newspapers and magazines. Her books have been selections of the Literary Guild, Book of the Month, Doubleday book Club and Troll Book Club.

Rivers’ commentaries appear widely in the media. She blogs regularly on media and politics for Huffington Post, she is a regular commentator for the award winning website Women’s e news and her opeds have appeared in many national publications.

Teaming up with Brandeis Senior Scientist Dr. Rosalind Barnett, she has co-authored a series of award- winning books on the behavioral sciences that debunk myths about women, men and society.