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Jacquelyn B. James, PhD

Center on Aging & Work, Boston College
Research Professor
Lynch School of Education, Boston College

Jacquelyn B. James, a personality and developmental psychologist, is co-director at the Center on Aging & Work and research professor at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Her research has focused on the meaning and experience of work, and adult development and aging. Her most recent book, The Crown of Life: Dynamics of the Early Postretirement Period, details the opportunities and challenges inherent in the early retirement years for new retirees. Currently, she is director of the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work, a new initiative with nearly 120 members from 15 disciplines and 14 countries around the world. Dr. James is past-president of the Society for the Study of Human Development and serves on the editorial board of the society’s flagship journal, Research in Human Development.

center publications



  • Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work, funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation