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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Sara Moorman

sociology department

Sara Moorman

Associate 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

SOCY1078 - Sociology of Health and Illness
SOCY1096 - Aging and Society
SOCY5516 - Survey Methodology
SOCY7704 - Topics in Multivariate Statistics

Selected Publications

Moorman, Sara M. Forthcoming. “Dyadic Perspectives on Marital Quality and Loneliness in Later Life.” Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Online first:

Moorman, Sara M. and Jeffrey E. Stokes. Forthcoming. “Solidarity in the Grandparent-Adult Grandchild Relationship and Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms.” The Gerontologist. Online first:

Moorman, Sara M, Deborah Carr, and Kathrin Boerner. 2014. “The Role of Relationship Biography in Advance Care Planning.” Journal of Aging and Health 26(6): 969-92.


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