Listed below are my externally funded research projects in chronological order.
- With the support of the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation, as well as the Grotta Fund for Senior Care, I am conducting a cross-site study of age-friendly community initiatives in northern New Jersey during their early planning phases. This study involves conducting interviews at two points in time with the nine grantees who have received planning grants to develop an age-friendly community initiative.
- Funded by the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation from August through December of 2016, I conducted an in-depth interview study that aimed to understand consumers’ experiences with a newly developed assisted living program in northern New Jersey. To view a copy of the final report, click here.
- Funded by the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation from January through August of 2015, I conducted key informant interviews with to explore challenges and opportunities concerning aging in place in Bergen County, New Jersey. To view a copy of the final report, click here.
- Funded by the Hartford Faculty Scholars in Geriatric Social Work from 2012-2014, I conducted an in-depth interview study about neighbor relationships and civic engagement in NORC programs in New York City.
- Funded by the Silberman Fund for Social Work Faculty Research from 2011-2013, I led a national team of researchers to conduct a longitudinal survey of NORC programs and Villages. To learn more about this study, click here.
Listed below are my research publications by substantive area (updated as of June of 2016). To request copies of publications that are not available at the links below, please email me at email@example.com
Age-Friendly Community Initiatives
- Greenfield, E. A., & Giunta, N. (2015). Age-friendly community initiatives. In B. Berkman and D. Kaplan (eds)., Handbook of Social Work, Health, and Aging (2nd Ed.). Oxford University Press.
- Greenfield, E. A. (2015). Healthy aging and age-friendly community initiatives. Public Policy and Aging Report, 25(2), 43-46.
- Greenfield, E. A., Oberlink, M., Scharlach, A. E., Neal, M. B., & Stafford, P. B. (2015). Age-friendly community initiatives: conceptual issues and key questions. The Gerontologist, 55(2), 191-198. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnv005 (Also featured in an Oxford University Press blog here.)
- Greenfield, E. A. (2011). Using ecological frameworks to advance a field of research, policy, and practice on aging-in-place initiatives.
The Gerontologist. Advance online publication doi: 10.1093/geront/gnr108.
Naturally Occurring Retirement Community Supportive Service Programs (NORC Programs) and Villages
- Greenfield, E. A., & Frantz, M. E. (in press). Toward an integrative framework on sustainability processes among Naturally Occurring Retirement Community Supportive Service Programs. Journal of Community Practice.
- Greenfield, E. A., & Maudlin, R. (in press). Participation in community activities through NORC Supportive Service Programs. Ageing & Society.
- Greenfield, E. A., Scharlach, A. E., & Davitt, J. K. (2016). Organizational characteristics and volunteering in age-friendly supportive service initiatives. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Advance online access.
- Greenfield, E. A. (2015). Support from neighbors and aging in place: Can NORC programs make a difference? The Gerontologist, 55(2), 191-198. doi:10.109/geront.gnu162
- Greenfield, E. A., & Fedor, J. P. (2015). Characterizing older adults’ involvement in Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) Supportive Service Programs. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 58(5), 449-468. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2015.1008168
- Davitt, J. K., Lehning, A. J., Scharlach, A. E., & Greenfield, E. A. (2015). Sociopolitical and cultural contexts of emerging community-based models in aging: The Village initiative. Public Policy & Aging Report, 1, 15-19.
- Greenfield, E. A. (2013). Community aging initiatives and social capital: Developing theories of change in the context of NORC Supportive Service Programs. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 33(2), 227-250.
- Scharlach, A. E., Davitt, J. K., Lehning, A. J., Greenfield, E. A., & Graham, C. L. (2013). Does the Village model help to foster age-friendly communities? Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 26(1-2), 181-196.
- Greenfield, E. A., Scharlach, A. E., Lehning, A. J., Davitt, J. K., & Graham, C. L. (2013). A tale of two community initiatives for promoting aging in place: Similarities and differences in the national implementation of NORC programs and Villages. The Gerontologist (advance access). doi: 10.1093/geront/gnt035
- Greenfield, E. A. (2012). The longevity of community aging initiatives: A framework for describing NORC programs’ sustainability goals and strategies. Journal of Housing for the Elderly, 27(1/2), 120-1450 doi: 10.1080/02763893.2012.7548181
- Greenfield, E. A., Scharlach, A., Lehning, A., & Davitt, J. (2012). A conceptual framework for examining the promise of NORC Program and Village models to promote aging in place. Journal of Aging Studies, 26(3), 273-284. doi: 10.1016/j.aging.2012.01003
Community Participation and Psychological Well-Being in Midlife and Later Life
- Greenfield, E. A., & Reyes, L. (2014). Continuity and change in relationships with neighbors: Implications for well-being in middle and later life. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological and Social Sciences. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu084
- Morrow-Howell, N., & Greenfield, E. A. (in press). Productive engagement in later life. In L. K. George and K. F. Ferraro (eds)., Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences (8th Ed.). Elsevier.
- Greenfield, E. A. (2012). Volunteerism, role in health. In J. Rippe (Ed.), Encyclopedia of lifestyle medicine and health (Vol 2., pp. 1137-1140). Thousand Oaks: SAGE.
- Greenfield, E. A. (2010). Identifying the boundaries and horizons of the concept of civic engagement for the field of aging. In G. O’Neill & S. F. Wilson (Eds.), Civic engagement in an older America (pp. 7-14). Washington, DC: The Gerontological Society of America.
- Greenfield, E. A. (2009). Felt obligation to help others as a protective factor against losses in psychological well-being following functional decline in later life. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 64(6), 723-732. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbp074M
- Greenfield, E. A., Vaillant, G., & Marks, N. F. (2009). Do formal religious participation and spiritual perceptions have independent linkages with diverse dimensions of psychological well-being? Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 50, 196-212. doi: 10.1177/002214650905000206
- Greenfield, E. A., & Marks, N. F. (2007). Continuous participation in voluntary groups as a protective factor for the psychological well-being of adults who develop functional limitations: Evidence from the National Survey of Families and Households. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 62 , S60-S68. doi:10.1093/geronb/59.5.S258
- Greenfield, E. A., & Marks, N. F. (2007). Religious social identity as an explanatory factor for associations between more frequent formal religious participation and psychological well-being. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 17, 245-249. doi: 10.1080/105086107014 02309
- Greenfield, E. A., & Marks, N. F. (2004). Formal volunteering as a protective factor for older adults’ psychological well-being. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 59, S258-S264. 10.1093/geronb/59.5.S258
Childhood Family Violence and Adult Mental and Physical Health
- Greenfield, E.A., Lee, C., Friedman, E.L., & Springer, K.W. (2011). Child abuse as a risk factor for poor sleep quality in adulthood: Evidence from a U.S. national study. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 42(2), 245-256. doi:10.1007/s12160-011-9285-x
- Greenfield, E. A. (2010). Child abuse as a life-course social determinant of adult physical and mental health. Maturitas, 66, 51-55. doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.02.0002
- Russell, D., Springer, K., & Greenfield, E. A. (2010). Witnessing domestic abuse in childhood: An independent risk factor for depressive symptoms in young adulthood . Child Abuse & Neglect, 34, 448-453. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2009.10.0004
- Greenfield, E. A., & Marks, N. F. (2010). Sense of community as a protective factor against long-term psychological effects of childhood violence. Social Service Review, 84(1), 129-147. doi: 10.1086/ 652786.
- Greenfield, E. A. & Marks, N. F. (2010). Identifying experiences of physical and psychological violence that jeopardize mental health in adulthood. Child Abuse & Neglect, 34(3), 161-171. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2009.08.012
- Greenfield, E. A., & Marks, N. F. (2009). Violence from parents in childhood and obesity in adulthood: Using food in response to stress as a mediator of risk. Social Science and Medicine, 68, 791-798. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2008.12.004
- Greenfield, E. A. & Marks, N. F. (2009). Physical and psychological violence in childhood as a risk factor for poorer adult health:Evidence from the 1995-2005 National Survey of Midlife in the U.S. Journal of Aging & Health, 21(7), 943-966. (lead article) doi: 10.1177/0898264309343905
Interpersonal Relationships and Adult Psychological Well-Being
- Greenfield, E.A. (2011). Grandparent involvement and parenting stress among non-married mothers of young children. Social Service Review, 85(1), 135-157. doi: 10.1177/0733464810364985.
- Greenfield, E. A., & Russell, D. (2010). Identifying living arrangements that heighten risk for loneliness in later life: Evidence From the U.S. National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project. Journal of Applied Gerontology. doi: 10.1177/0733464810364985
- Moorman, S. M., & Greenfield, E. A. (2010). Personal relationships in later life. In J. C. Cavanaugh & C. Cavanaugh (Eds.), Aging in America, Vol. 3 (pp. 20-52). Westport, CT: Praeger.
- Marks, N. F., & Greenfield, E. A. (2008). The influence of family relationships on adult psychological well-being and generativity. In M.C. Smith & N. DeFrates-Densch (Eds.), The handbook of research on adult learning and development (pp. 303-347). New York: Routledge.
- Greenfield, E. A., & Marks, N. F. (2006). Linked lives:Adult children’s problems and their parents’ psychological and relational well-being. Journal of Marriage and Family, 68, 442-454. doi:10.1111/j.1741- 3737.2006.00263
Social Work Education
- Greenfield, E. A., Morton, C., Birkenmaier, J., & Rowan, N. (2013). Optimizing geriatric social work education: Program and individual characteristics that promote competencies. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 56, 356-377. doi: 10.1080/01634372.2013.771807
- Greenfield, E.A., & Shpiegel, S. (2012). Graduates’ perspectives nationwide on a specialized program on social work and aging. Journal of Social Work Education, 48(2), 285-305.
- Greenfield, E. A., Davis, R., & Fedor, J. (2013). The effect of international social work education: Study abroad versus on-campus courses. Journal of Social Work Education, 48(4), 739-761. doi: 10.5175/JSWE.2012.201100147
- Greenfield, E. A. (2010). Developmental Systems Theory as a conceptual anchor for generalist curriculum on human behavior and the social environment . Social Work Education: The International Journal. doi:10.1080/02615479.2010.503237