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Pillemer's current research projects span his 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.
Pillemer is also the co-Principal Investigator of an NIA-funded Roybal Center, which conducts research and evaluation on methods of improving research translation.
Pillemer, Karl, Connolly, M. T., Breckman, Risa, Spreng, Nathan, & Lachs, Mark S. (In press). “Elder Mistreatment: Priorities for Consideration by the White House Conference on Aging. The Gerontologist.
Riffin, Catherine, Pillemer, Karl, Chen, Emily., Warmington, Marcus, Adelman, Ronald D., & Reid, M. C. (in press). What’s missing in palliative care research? Identifying key priorities for future investigation. American Journal of Public Health.
Reid, M. C., Eccleston, Christopher, & Pillemer, Karl. (In press.) "Chronic Pain in Older Adults." British Medical Journal.
Gilligan, Megan, J. Jill Suitor, Scott Feld, and Karl Pillemer (2015). "Do positive feelings hurt? Disaggregating positive and negative components of intergenerational ambivalence." Journal of Marriage and Family 77,
Pillemer, K., & Suitor, J. J. (2014). Who provides care? A prospective study of caregiving among adult siblings. The Gerontologist, 54, 589-598.
Peterson, J. C., Burnes, D. P., Caccamise, P. L., Mason, A., ...Pillemer, K., & Lachs, M. S. (2014). “Financial exploitation of older adults: A population-based prevalence study.” Journal of General Internal Medicine, 29, 1615-1623.
Sabir, Myra and Karl Pillemer. (2014). An intensely sympathetic awareness: Experiential similarity and cultural norms as means for gaining older African Americans' trust of scientific research. Journal of Aging Studies, 29, 142-149.
. Eimicke, Mildred Ramirez, Stepahnie Silver, and Karl Pillemer. (2013). Verbal and physical aggression directed at nursing home staff by residents. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 28, 660-667.
Suitor, J. Jill, Megan Gilligan, and Karl Pillemer. (2013). “Continuity and Change in Mothers' Favoritism Toward Offspring in Adulthood.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 75: 1229-1247.
Chen, Emily K., M. C. Reid, and Karl Pillemer. (2013). “Tailoring Evidence-Based Interventions for New Populations: A Model for Program Adaptation through Community Engagement.” Evaluation and the Health Professions, 36, 73-92.
Pillemer, Karl. (2012). 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans. New York: Viking/Penguin.
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.
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.
Pillemer, Karl, Linda P. Wagenet, Debra Goldman, Lori Bushway, Rhoda Meador. (2010). “Environmental Volunteerism in Later Life: Benefits and Barriers.” Generations, 33, 58-63