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Emily Greenfield

Associate Professor

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.

Bio: 

Emily Greenfield is an Associate Professor (Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007). Her research aims to support efforts to improve social environments for diverse populations of older adults and families. Her areas of scholarly expertise include age-friendly community initiatives, aging-in-place supportive service programs, civic engagement in later life, and the long-term health effects of social inequalities in childhood. She uses a range of methodologies in her work, including secondary analysis of quantitative data, in-depth qualitative interviewing, collecting new survey data, and community-based participatory research approaches. Greenfield’s research has received support from the National Institute on Aging, the John A. Hartford Foundation, The Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation, the Silberman Fund for Social Work Faculty Research, and the Grotta Fund for Senior Care.

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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