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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: 

Akincigil, A., & Greenfield, E. A. (in press). Housing plus services, IADL impairment, and healthcare expenditures among residents of senior housing: Evidence from the Medicare Current BeneficiarySurvey. The Gerontologist.

Greenfield, E. A. (in press). Advancing program theory for licensed assisted living services in independent housing. Journal of Housing for the Elderly. doi: 10.1080/02763893.2018.1561593

Greenfield, E. A., Black, K., Buffel, T., & Yeh, J. (2018). Community gerontology: A framework for research, policy, and practice. The Gerontologist. Advance online publication. doi:10.1093/geront/gny089

Greenfield, E. A., & Moorman, S. M. (2018). Childhood socioeconomic status and later life cognition: Evidence from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. Journal of Aging and Health. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0898264318783489

Greenfield, E. A. (2018). Getting started: An empirically derived logic model for age-friendly community initiatives in the early planning phase. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 61(3), 295-312. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2018.1432736

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