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Sara Moorman

sociology department

Sara Moorman

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

McGuinn Hall 404
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Phone: 617-552-4209

Curriculum Vitae


Scholarly Interests

Aging and the Life Course, Family, Medical Sociology, Quantitative Methods, Social Psychology

Academic Profile

Professor Moorman's primary research interest is how relationships with family and friends shape older persons' physical health and psychological well-being. She has two major lines of research: One addresses the social and psychological aspects of end-of-life medical decision-making. She has written several papers examining the ways in which older adults' values, attitudes, beliefs, and personal relationships shape their propensity to complete advance directives and to communicate their treatment preferences to others. The second line of research concerns how the age composition of neighborhoods influences daily experiences and psychological well-being. Although theory suggests that age-diverse communities are best for persons of all ages, in practice, neighborhoods show a great deal of age segregation.

Courses Typically Taught

SC078 - Sociology of Health and Illness
SC096 - Aging and Society
SC516 - Survey Methodology
SC704 - Topics in Multivariate Statistics

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Selected Publications

Moorman, Sara M. and Megumi Inoue. 2013. “Persistent Problems in End-of-Life Planning among Young and Middle-Aged American Couples.” The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 68(1): 97-106.

Moorman, Sara M. and Megumi Inoue. 2013. “Predicting a Partner’s End-of-Life Preferences, or Substituting One’s Own?” Journal of Marriage and Family 75(3): 734-45.

Moorman, Sara M. and Cameron Macdonald. 2013.“Medically Complex Home Care and Caregiver Strain.” The Gerontologist 53(3): 407-417.