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Boston College School of Social Work

Christina Matz-Costa

Christina Matz-Costa

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


MSW, Boston College; PhD, Boston College

Doctoral Graduation Date

August 2011

Current Position

Assistant Professor, Boston College School of Social Work

Research Interests

Productive engagement of older adults, aging workforce, quality of employment, role transitions in older life, volunteer and civic engagement, and elder caregiving

Organization Affiliations

Center on Aging & Work at Boston College, Greater Boston Encore Action Network, Society for Social Work and Research, Council on Social Work Education, Gerontological Society of America, Age-SW, Work and Family Researchers Network

Dissertation Title

Productive aging in the workplace: Understanding factors that promote or impede engagement in work roles

Awards and Fellowships

Early Career Work and Family Scholars Program, National Institute on Aging-Funded Institute on Aging and Social Work, John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars Award, Boston College Incentive Grant, John A. Hartford Doctoral Fellowship in Geriatric Social Work, Boston College Doctoral Fellowship


Besen, E., Matz-Costa, C., James, J., & Pitt-Catsouphes, M. (in press). Factors buffering against work overload: How does age matter? Journal of Applied Gerontology.

Matz-Costa, C., & Lubben, J. (in press, November 2013). Gerontological social work. In E.A. Capezuti, M.L. Malone, & P.R. Katz (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Eldercare: The Comprehensive Resource on Geriatric Health and Social Care (3rd Edition). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Pitt-Catsouphes, M., Matz-Costa, C., & Besen, E. (2013). Linking age to the quality of employees' work experiences. In P. Taylor (Ed.)., Older workers in an ageing society: Critical topics in research and policy. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Ollier-Malaterre, A., McNamara, T., Matz-Costa, C., Pitt-Catsouphes, M., & Valcour, M. (2013). Looking up to regulations, out at peers or down at the bottom line: How institutional logics affect the prevalence of age-related HR practices. Human Relations. doi: 10.1177/0018726713478244

Matz-Costa, C., Besen, E., James, J. & Pitt-Catsouphes, M. (2012). Differential impact of multiple levels of productive activity engagement on psychological well-being in middle and later life. The Gerontologist, 52.

Besen, E., Brown, M., Matz-Costa, C., Smyer, M., & Pitt-Casouphes, M. (2013). Job characteristics, core self-evaluations, and job satisfaction: What's age got to do with it? International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 76(4), 269-298.

McNamara, T.K., Pitt-Catsouphes, M., Matz-Costa, C., Brown, M., & Valcour, M. (2013). Across the continuum of satisfaction with work-family balance: Work hours, flexibility-fit, and work-family culture. Social Science Research, 42(2), 283-298. doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2012.10.002

McNamara, T.K., Pitt-Catsouphes, M., Brown, M., & Matz-Costa, C. (2012). Access to and Utilization of Flexible Work Options. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, 51(4), 936-965. doi:10.111/j.1468-232X.2012.00703.x

Matz-Costa, C., Carapinha, R., & Pitt-Catsouphes, M. (2012). Putting age in context: Relational age and inclusion at the workplace. Indian Journal of Gerontology, 26(1), 50-74.

Valcour, M., Ollier-Malaterre, A., Matz-Costa, C., Pitt-Catsouphes, M. & Brown, M. (2011). Influences on employee perceptions of organizational work-life support: Signals and resources. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79, 588-595. doi:10.10.1016/j.jvb.2011.02.002

Pitt-Catsouphes, M., Matz-Costa, C., & Brown, M. (2010). The prism of age: Managing age diversity at the 21st century workplace. In S. Tyson, & E. Parry (Eds.), Managing an Age Diverse Workforce (pp. 80-94). London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Matz-Costa, C. & Pitt-Catsouphes, M. (2010). Workplace flexibility as an organizational response to the aging of the workforce: A comparison of non-profit and for-profit organizations. Journal of Social Service Research, 36(1), 68-80.

Pitt-Catsouphes, M.; Sano, J.; & Matz-Costa, C. (2009). Unions’ responsiveness to the aging of the workforce. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 24(1), 125-146.

Pitt-Catsouphes, M. & Matz-Costa, C. (2008). The multi-generational workforce: Workplace flexibility and engagement. Community, Work & Family, 11(2), 215-229.

Hill, E.J., Grzywacz, J.G., Allen, S., Blanchard, V.L., Matz-Costa, C., Shulkin, S., & Pitt-Catsouphes, M. (2008). Defining and conceptualizing workplace flexibility. Community, Work, & Family, 11(2), 149-163.

Pitt-Catsouphes, M.; Matz-Costa, C.; & MacDermid, S. (2007). HRD responses to work-life stressors. Advances in Developing Human Resources (ADHR), 9(4), 527-543.

Pitt-Catsouphes, M.; MacDermid, S.; Schwarz, R.; & Matz, C. (2006). Community contexts: The perspectives and adaptations of working parents. American Behavioral Scientist, 49(10), 1400-1421.