Jacquelyn James

Jacquelyn B. James, PhD

Director, Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work
Co-director, Center on Aging & Work
Research Professor, Lynch School of Education
Phone: 617-552-2860
Email: jamesjc@bc.edu

Jacquelyn James, Ph.D. in psychology, has been involved with the Center on Aging & Work since its founding in 2005. With support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, she conducted (with Dr. Jennifer Swanberg) the CitiSales Study, a study of over 10,000 employees in 3 regions of a retail context (e.g., James, McKechnie, & Swanberg, 2011), has served as co-director of research since 2009, and as co-director of the Center since January, 2015. From 2011-2014, again with support from the Sloan Foundation, she and Marcie Pitt-Catsouphes, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Academic Affairs at Boston College, have conducted a major field experiment within a regional medical center to study the workplace impact of changes to “time & place management” policies and programs. The study was a randomized controlled trial of the impact of an intervention designed to enhance flexible work options among employees in a health system (Cahill, James & Pitt-Catsouphes, 2015; James, Pitt-Catsouphes, McNamara, Snow, & Johnson, 2015; Morelock, McNamara, & James, 2016). 

In general, her research has focused on the meaning and experience of work, gender roles and stereotypes, adult development, and most recently, perceptions of older workers and emerging retirement issues. She and her colleagues have published numerous articles, opinion pieces, and five edited books. Dr. James is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America in the Behavioral and Social Science Division. She is also past president of the Society for the Study of Human Development and serves on the editorial board of Work, Aging & Retirement.

Currently, with support from the Sloan Foundation, James is working to build the Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work to be a robust and sustainable multi-national, multi-disciplinary network of scholars whose work focuses on the changing context of aging and work.  The Network now includes over 250 members from 21 countries and more than two dozen disciplines. A member-led institute, Exploring Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Older Workers in the Changing Context of Aging & Work, is planned for the fall, 2019.