Co-director, Center on Aging & Work
Jacquelyn B. James is director of the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work and research professor in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Her research has focused on the meaning and experience of work, gender roles and stereotypes, adult development, perceptions of older workers and emerging retirement issues. She and her colleagues have published numerous articles, opinion pieces, and four edited books. Most recently, Dr. James, along with Dr. Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, edited a special issue of the journal, Work, Aging & Retirement—Change in the Meaning and Experience of Work in Life. James is past president of the Society for the Study of Human Development and serves on the editorial board of Work, Aging & Retirement. Currently, she is working to build a multi-disciplinary research network to support scholars from the U.S. and abroad in understanding, explaining, and responding to the changing context of aging and work.
James, J., Morrow-Howell, N., Gonzales, E., Costa, C., & Riddle-Wilder, A. (in press). Beyond the livelong workday: Is there a new face of retirement? In (S.Czaja, J. James, J. Sharit, & J. Grosch (Eds). Current and emerging trends in aging & work. New York: Springer Publishing Co.
Morelock, J.C., McNamara, T., & James, J.B. (2017). Workability among older adults: The role of a Time & Place Management intervention. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 36(1) doi: 10.1177/0733464815624149 journals.sagepub.com/home/jag.
Pitt-Catsouphes, M., McNamara, T., James, J.B., Halvorsen, C. (2017). Innovative pathways to meaningful work: Older adults as volunteers and entrepreneurs. E. Parry and J. McCarthy (Eds.). Handbook on Age Diversity and Work, pp. 195-224 Palgrave McMillan. DOI 10.1057/978-1-137-46781-2_9
Sweet, S., Pitt-Catsouphes, M, & James, J.B. (2017). Manager Attitudes Concerning Flexible Work Arrangements: Fixed or Changeable? Community, Work & Family (1) doi:10.1080/13668803/13668803.2016.1271311
James, J.B., Pitt-Catsouphes, M. (2016). Introduction to the special issue: Change in the meaning and experience of work in later life. Work, Aging and Retirement, (00) 1-5 doi:10.1093/workar/waw020
James, J.B., Matz-Costa, C., & Smyer, M. (2016). Retirement security: It’s not just about the money. American Psychologist, 7(4) 334-344 http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0040220.
Matz-Costa, C., Carr, D., McNamara, T., & James, J.B. (2016) Physical, cognitive, social, and emotional mediators of activity involvement and health in later life. Research on Aging, 1-25. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0164027515606182
Sweet, S., Pitt-Catsouphes, M., & James, J.B. (2016). Successes in changing flexible work arrangement use: Managers and work unit variation in a financial services organization. Work & Occupations, 43, 75-109. doi:10.1177/0730888415595094
Cahill, K.E., James, J.B., Pitt-Catsouphes, M. (2015). The impact of a randomly-assigned Time & Place Management initiative on work and retirement expectations. Work, Aging & Retirement.
Pitt-Catsouphes, M., James, J.B., Cahill, K., & McNamara, T. (2015). Relationships between managers who are innovators and early adopters of flexible work options and team performance. Journal of Change Management, 167-187.
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation “Building a Multi-Disciplinary Research Network on the Study of Aging & Work (principal investigator, 2015-2018)
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation “Planning Grant to Assess the Viability of a Multi-Disciplinary Research Network (principal investigator, 2014-2015)
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Grant to study, “Assessing the Business Impact of Time & Place Management: What’s age got to do with it? (with Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes)
Boston College, Institute on Aging Grant to study “Advancing the Measurement of Engagement in Later Life”
Institute for Inter-cultural Studies Grant to study Engaged as We Age: Meeting the Challenges and Opportunities involved in Changing the Culture of Aging.
Retirement Research Foundation Grant, to sponsor an awards program for the Society for the Study of Human Development (2007).
Ford Foundation Grant (co-PI, with Jennifer Swanberg, PI, University of Kentucky) to study “Responsive Cultures for Hourly Workers” (2005).
Sloan Foundation Grant (with Jennifer Swanberg, Co-PI) to study “Workplace Culture and Flexible Work Arrangements,” one of nine studies funded as a part of the Sloan Center on Aging and Work: Workplace Flexibility at Boston College, awarded to Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes and Mick Smyer (2005).
Sloan Officer’s Grant to study the impact of work in later life on the psychological health and well being of older workers (2004).
Retirement Research Foundation Grant, to sponsor meeting to develop an edited volume, Charting a New Life Stage: The Third Age (Summer 2003).