Jacquelyn B. James, PhD
Director, Sloan Research Network on Aging & Work
Co-director, Center on Aging & Work
Research Professor, Lynch School of Education
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.
James, J.B., Morrow-Howell, N., Gonzales, E., Matz-Costa, C., & Riddle-Wilder, A. (in press). Beyond the livelong workday: Is there a new face of retirement? In S. Czaja, J. Sharit, J. James, & J. Grosch (Eds.), Current and Emerging Trends in Aging and Work. New York: Springer Publishing Company.
Morrow-Howell, N., Gonzales, E., Matz-Costa, C., James, J. & Putnam, P. (2018). Advance long and productive lives. In R. Fong, J. Lubben, & R. P. Barth (Eds.), Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society (chapter 5). New York and Washington, DC: Oxford University Press/NASW Press.
James, J., Matz-Costa, C., & Smyer, M. (2016). Retirement security: It’s not just about the money. American Psychologist, 71(4), 334–344. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0040220
Matz-Costa, C., Carr, D., McNamara, T., & James, J. (2016). Physical, cognitive, social, and emotional mediators of activity involvement and health in later life. Research on Aging, 28(7), 791-815. PMID: 26429863 DOI: 10.1177/0164027515606182
Pitt-Catsouphes, M., James, J., & Matz-Costa, C. (2015). Workplace-based health and wellness programs: The intersection of aging, work, and health. The Gerontologist, 55(2), 262-270. PMID: 26035602 DOI: 10.1093/geront/gnu114
Besen, E., Matz-Costa, C., James, J., & Pitt-Catsouphes, M. (2015). Factors buffering against work overload: How does age matter? Journal of Applied Gerontology, 34(1) 73–101. DOI: 10.1177/0733464812460430
Ludlow, L., Matz-Costa, C., Johnson, C., Brown, M., Besen, E., & James, J. (2014). Measuring engagement in later life activities: Rasch-based scenario scales for work, caregiving, informal helping, and volunteering. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 47(2), 127-149. DOI: 10.1177/0748175614522273 Won the AARC/MECD Patricia B. Elmore Award for Outstanding Research in Measurement and Evaluation
Matz-Costa, C., Besen, E., James, J., & Pitt-Catsouphes, M. (2014). Differential impact of multiple levels of productive activity engagement on psychological well-being in middle and later life. The Gerontologist, 54(2): 277-289. PMID: 23213083 DOI: 10.1093/geront/gns148
Matz-Costa, C., James, J., Ludlow, L., Brown, M., Besen, E., & Johnson, C. (2014). The meaning and measurement of productive engagement in later life. Social Indicators Research, 118(3), 1293-1314. DOI: 10.1007/s11205-013-0469-6