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Emily Greenfield

Emily Greenfield


Ph.D., Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Greenfield's research interests include aging, life course human development, social relationships and health, and supportive services for older adults and family caregivers.

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Emily A. Greenfield, PhD, is a Professor at the Rutgers School of Social Work. She is an internationally recognized scholar of community gerontology—a new development in the field of aging that aims to understand and improve community environments for increasingly long and unequal lives. Her pioneering research on community initiatives in aging strengthens efforts to modernize supports for people remaining in their own geographic communities as they progress through later life. She also studies how life course social inequalities stemming from childhood influence later life cognition and well-being. Across her research, teaching, and service, Dr. Greenfield encourages others to view themselves as leaders for an aging society and to use research and theory as tools for improving policies and practices of importance to them. 

Courses Taught: 

  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE)
  • Aging Services: A Critical Perspective
  • Methods of Social Work Research I
  • Methods of Social Work Research II

Selected Recent Publications: 

Greenfield, E. A, & Buffel, T. (2022). Age-friendly cities and communities: Research to strengthen policy and practice. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 34(2), 161-174. 

Greenfield, E. A., Pestine-Stevens, A., & Scher, C. (2022). The roles of age-friendly community initiatives within local responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Gerontologist. Advance online publication.

Reynolds, A.*, Greenfield, E. A., Moorman, S. M., & Reyes, L. (2022). Race, childhood socioeconomic status, and region of childhood residence as intersectional life course predictors of cognitive aging in the U.S. Innovation on Aging. Advance online publication.

Greenfield, E. A., Reynolds, A.*, & Moorman, S. M. (2022). Life course linkages between early-life enriching activities and later life cognition: Evidence from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. Advance online publication. 

Pestine-Stevens, A., & Greenfield, E. A. (2022). Giving, receiving, and doing together: Interorganizational interactions in age-friendly community initiatives. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 34(2), 218-236.

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