The major goal of outreach and extension in the College of Human Ecology is to break down traditional boundaries between basic research, intervention research and extension/outreach in order to accelerate the application of research to people’s lives. In order to achieve this goal, we operate within a model that fosters collaboration between researchers and community educators by encouraging them to work together to improve both research and practice. This translational research model contributes to Cornell’s goal of developing “a unified concept and coherent organizational model for the university’s outreach and public engagement mission.”
Dr. Karl Pillemer is the Hazel E. Reed Professor in the Department of Human Development and Professor of Gerontology in Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College. His major interests center on human development over the life course, with a special emphasis on family and social relationships in middle age and beyond. He has a strong theoretical and empirical interest in life course transitions and the effects they have on family relationships. A major program of research is on intergenerational relations in later life, with a focus on determinants and consequences of the quality of adult child - older parent relationships. A second area is in long-term care for the elderly, with a focus on the relationships between family members of residents with staff in long-term care facilities. Dr. Pillemer is actively involved in intervention research and in policy analysis related to aging and health care, with an emphasis on evidence-based methods of developing a competent, caring long-term care workforce. His extension and outreach work involves translational research, exploring ways to speed the transfer of findings from basic research into scientifically tested interventions.
Dr. Jennifer Tiffany is the Associate Director for Outreach and Extension for the College of Human Ecology as well as Director of Outreach and Community Engagement for the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research. Tiffany received her Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University in 2004. She joined the College of Human Ecology in 1989 to direct the HIV/AIDS Education Project and is the lead author of the Talking with Kids about HIV/AIDS parent education curriculum. She is an interdisciplinary social scientist and educator whose work focuses on youth participation and community-based HIV/AIDS education, with a particular focus on intergenerational communication. Her HIV/AIDS related research includes a study funded by the National Institutes of Health to examine the relationships among social connectedness, highly engaged program participation, and HIV risk reduction among 13-17 year olds in New York City. Her research and outreach efforts both build upon participatory action research and community-based participatory research methods as well as participatory approaches to planning, program and resource materials design, and evaluation. Tiffany has designed, evaluated and implemented a variety of programs and is the author and co-author of numerous journal articles, book chapters and extension publications and materials.