Professor, Older Adults & Families
Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Ph.D. is a Professor at the Boston College School of Social Work (BCSSW), and has appointments at the Boston College Carroll School of Management and the Business School at Middlesex University in London. Beginning in 2014, Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes became the Director of the Doctoral Program in Social Work at Boston College. In 2017, she became the School’s Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Academic Affairs.
Having a passion for the pursuit of social justice at the workplace, she has devoted her career to the examination of factors that affect the employment experiences of vulnerable populations. She founded the Work and Family Research Network in 1997 which has evolved into the premier, multi-disciplinary research association for scholars studying a range of work-family issues. From 2005-2015, she co-founded and served as Director of the Center on Aging & Work at Boston College which conducts research and promotes the quality of employment for older adults.
Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes was the Co-Principal Investigator for the 2014-2015 Time and Place Management Study. This intervention research used random assignment to examine outcomes associated with the implementation of flexible work options at a large healthcare organization. She was the Principal or Co-Investigator for a range of investigations including: the 2006 National Study of Business Strategy and Workforce Development, the 2007-2008 Age & Generations Study, the 2009 Talent Management Study, and the 2010-2011 Generations of Talent Study, an investigation that gathered data from over 11,000 employees working in eleven different countries.
Working with BCSSW faculty member Dr. Stephanie Berzin, Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes co-founded the Center for Social Innovation at Boston College. The center has conducted a range of studies and has gathered data about the engagement of non-profits in social innovation initiatives. Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes was the Co-Principal Investigator for a study exploring organizational ouctomes associated with The Purpose Prize which is awarded to older adult social entrepreneurs. Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes established the Social Innovation Lab at Boston College which worked with non-profits and supports their social innovation initiatives.
Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes speaks frequently at conferences and meetings and was most recently one of the invited plenary speakers at the 2015 Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) Annual Meeting. Her articles have been published in a number of scholarly and practitioner journals. She was a founding co-editor for the international journal, Community, Work and Family and co-edited a special issue of Generations (2007). Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes has co-edited a special issue of Work, Aging and Retirement that was published in 2016. Her publications include The Work-Family Handbook: Multi-Disciplinary Perspectives and Approaches to Research, published by Erlbaum Publishers (2006) which she edited with colleagues. She received her BA from Tufts University, MSP from Boston College, and PhD from Boston University.