Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
McGuinn Hall 404
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Aging and the Life Course, Family, Medical Sociology, Quantitative Methods, Social Psychology
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
Moorman, Sara M. Forthcoming. “Dyadic Perspectives on Marital Quality and Loneliness in Later Life.” Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. Online first: http://spr.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/05/15/0265407515584504.abstract
Moorman, Sara M. and Jeffrey E. Stokes. Forthcoming. “Solidarity in the Grandparent-Adult Grandchild Relationship and Trajectories of Depressive Symptoms.” The Gerontologist. Online first: http://gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2014/06/06/geront.gnu056.short
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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