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My current research projects span my interests in aging and the family, long-term and palliative care, developing effective models for translational research, and studies of elder wisdom. This research is funded by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute for Nursing Research, and a variety of foundation sources. Ongoing studies include the following: 1) The Within-Family Differences Study (NIA, in collaboration with J. Jill Suitor, Purdue University) is following 550 mothers over the age of 65 and their adult children over a 7-year period, examining the causes and consequences of within-family differentiation in later life. Analyses have focused on parental favoritism, differential helping to and by offspring, caregiver selection, and ambivalent parent-adult child relationships, among other topics. 2) Resident-to-Resident Elder Mistreatment (NIA, in collaboration with Mark S. Lachs, Weill Cornell Medical College) is the first large scale prevalence and risk factor study of aggression and violence among nursing home residents. 3) Taking Community Action against Pain (NINR, in collaboration with M. Carrington Reid, Weill Cornell Medical College) applies principles of community-based participatory research to develop more effective interventions for older persons dealing with pain. 4) Palliative Care: Translating Research to Practice and Policy (Lawrence and Rebecca Stern Foundation is creating an agenda for palliative care research based on interrelated data collection efforts from researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. 5) The Program on Aging and the Environment (USDA) involves research and intervention studies of environmental civic engagement and volunteering by older persons. 6) The Cornell Legacy Project, which involves collecting data from older persons regarding their views of important lessons they have learned over the life course. 7) An overarching interest is in translational research, studying methods and techniques of moving research findings more swiftly into application for practice and policy. I am the co-Principal Investigator of an NIA-funded Roybal Center, which conducts research and evaluation on methods of improving research translation.
Pillemer, Karl. (2011). 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans. New York: Viking/Penguin.
Lachs, Mark. S., Tony Rosen, Jeanne A. Teresi, Joseph P. Eimicke, Mildred Ramirez, Stephanie Silver, and Karl Pillemer. (In press). Verbal and physical aggression directed at nursing home staff by residents. Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Chen, Emily K., M. C. Reid, and Karl Pillemer. (In press). “Tailoring Evidence-Based Interventions for New Populations: A Model for Program Adaptation through Community Engagement.” Evaluation and the Health Professions.
Pillemer, Karl, Emily K. Chen, Kimberly S. Van Haitsma, Jeanne Teresi, Mildred Ramirez, Stephanie Silver, Gail Sukha, and Mark S. Lachs. (2012). “Resident-to-Resident Aggression in Nursing Homes: Results from a Qualitative Event Reconstruction Study.” The Gerontologist, 24: 92-112.
Pillemer, Karl, Rhoda H. Meador, Jeanne A. Teresi, Charles R. Henderson Jr., Emily K. Chen, Mark S. Lachs, Gabriel Boratgis, Stephanie Silver, and Joseph P. Eimicke. (2012). “Effects of Electronic Health Information Technology Implementation on Nursing Home Resident Outcomes.” Journal of Aging and Health. 24, 92-112.
Pillemer, Karl, Christin L. Munsch, Thomas Fuller-Rowell, Catherine Riffin, J. Jill Suitor. (2012). “Ambivalence toward Adult Children: Differences between Mothers and Fathers.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 74, 1101 – 1113.
Riffin, Catherine, J. Jill Suitor, M. C. Reid, Karl Pillemer. (2012). “Chronic pain and parent–child relations in later life: An important, but understudied issue.” Family Science, 3, 75-85.
Sechrist, Jori, J. Jill Suitor, Catherine Riffin, Kadari Taylor-Watson, Karl Pillemer. (2012). “Race and Mothers' Differentiation among their Adult Children: A Sequential Approach to Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Data.” Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 837-846.
Fingerman, Karen L., Karl Pillemer, Merrill Silverstein, and J. Jill Suitor. (2012).”The Baby Boomers’ Intergenerational Ties.” The Gerontologist, 52, 199-209
Pillemer, Karl, Risa Breckman, Charlotte D. Sweeney, Patricia Brownell, Terry Fulmer, Jackie Berman, Earamichia Brown, Evelyn Laureano, and Mark S. Lachs. (2011). “Practitioners’ Views on Elder Mistreatment Research Priorities: Recommendations from a Research-to-Practice Consensus Conference.” Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 23, 115-126.
Pillemer, Karl, Nancy M. Wells, Linda P. Wagenet, Rhoda H. Meador,and Jennifer T. Parise (2011). “Environmental Sustainability in an Aging Society: A Research Agenda.” Journal of Aging and Health, 23, 433-453.
J. Jill Suitor, Megan Gilligan, and Karl Pillemer. (2011). “Conceptualizing and Measuring Intergenerational Ambivalence in Later-Life.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 66B, 769-781.
Pillemer, Karl, J. Jill Suitor, Seth Pardo, and Charles Henderson, Jr. (2010). “Mothers’ Differentiation and Depressive Symptoms among Adult Children.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 72, 333-345.
Pillemer, Karl, Thomas E. Fuller-Rowell, Cary Reid, and Nancy Wells. (2010). “Environmental Volunteering and Health Outcomes over a Twenty-Year Period.” The Gerontologist, 50: 594-602.