Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, PhD, is a professor emerita of the Boston College School of Social Work and had appointments at the Boston College Carroll School of Management and the Business School at Middlesex University in London. Dr. Pitt-Catsouphes is the former director of the Doctoral Program in Social Work at Boston College and 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 former 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.
Pitt-Catsouphes, M. (2018). Encore adulthood: A time to re-imagine (again). Work and Occupations, 45(2), 194–201. doi: 10.1177/0730888417753269
Berzin, S.C., Dearing, T., Mathews, O., Choi, Y.J., & Pitt-Catsouphes, M. (2018). The Center for Social Innovation at Boston College. Journal for Evidence-Informed Social Work. Available at:
Matz, C., Berzin, S., Halverson, C., & Pitt-Catsouphes, M. (2017 published online). Perceptions of the meaningfulness of work among older social purpose workers: An ecological momentary assessment study. Journal of Applied Gerontology. doi: 10.1177/0733464817727109
Guerrero, E., Moore, H., & Pitt-Catsouphes, M. (2017 published online). Framework for social work doctoral education in the 21st century. Research on Social Work Practice.
McNamara, T., Carapinha, R., Pitt-Catsouphes, M., Valcour, M., Lobel, S. (2017). Corporate social responsibility and employee outcomes: The role of country context. Business Ethics European Review, 26(4), 413-427. doi: 10.1111/beer.12163
Sweet, S., Pitt-Catsouphes, M., & James, J. (2017). Manager attitudes concerning flexible work arrangement: Fixed or changeable. Community, Work and Family,7(1), 50-71. doi: 10.1080/13668803.2016.1271311
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, 2(3), 281-285. doi: 10.1093/workar/waw020
Berzin, S., Pitt-Catsouphes, M., & Gaitan, P. (2016). Innovation and sustainability: An exploratory study of intrapreneurship among human service organizations. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance, 40(5),540-552. doi: 10.1080/23303131.2016.1184207
Pitt-Catsouphes, M., Berzin, S., McNamara, T., Halvorsen, C., & Emmerman, J. (2016). The impact of the Purpose Prize™: Exploring a method to stimulate social entrepreneurship, Journal of Enterprising Culture, 24(2), 133-167 doi: 10.1142/S0218495816500060
McNamara, T. & Pitt-Catsouphes, M. (2016). Relative age, supervisor support, and work group inclusion: The role of core self-evaluations (manuscript ID WJIR-2015-0003.R3). Journal of Intergenerational Relationships (JIR), 14(4), 301-319. doi: 10.1080/15350770.2016.1229551
2011-14: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Principal Investigator
“Sloan Center on Aging & Work”
2012: Encore.org. Co-Principal Investigator
“Impact of the Purpose Prize”
2012: MetLife Mature Market Institute. Principal Investigator
“Wellness and the Generations of Talent Study”
2012: CAEL. Principal Investigator
“Talent Management and the Mature Worker”
2009: MetLife Mature Market Institute. Principal Investigator
“Health & Well-being Across the Ages: Global Issue Local Solution”
2008: MetLife Mature Market Institute. Principal Investigator
“Employee Engagement and the Multi-Generational Workforce”
2008: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Principal Investigator
“Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College”
2007: Experience Wave. Principal Investigator
“State Profiles: Aging and Work”
2007: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Co-Principal Investigator
“Employers-of-Choice: Innovation in Public Sector Agencies”
2005: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Co-Principal Investigator
“Sloan Center on Aging & Work/Workplace Flexibility”
Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study Award, 1972
Phi Beta Kappa, 1971
Work and Family Researchers Association. Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018
Co-authored paper, “Do options for job flexibility diminish in times of economic uncertainty?” Nominated for the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Best Work-Family Paper 2015
Recognized as among the Top Women Social Work Researchers by Michael J. Holosko, John R. Barner, and Junior Lloyd Allen (2015, August online publication). Citation Impact of Women in Social Work: Exploring Gender and Research Culture. Research on Social Work Practice, 1-7. doi: 10.1177/1049731515598374
Work/Life Legacy Award, 2007
2016 – Present, Co-President, Work and Family Researchers Network
2015 – Present, Work-Family Co-Chair, SSWR Program Committee
2013 – Present, Editorial Board Member, Work, Aging, and Retirement
2012 – Present, Nonprofit Board Member, Secretary, OpenWork
2010 – Present, Editorial Board Member, Journal of Teaching in Social Work
2012 – 2014, Advisory Committee Member, Age-friendly Workplace in New York City Project
2012 – 2014, Editorial Board Member, Mather Life Ways
2006 – 2014, Board of Directors, Center for Families at Purdue University