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Jennifer Kane Coplon, PhD, MSW

Visiting Scholar, Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center
Research Focus on Resilience of Elders Facing Harships
Community-Based Clinical Social Worker
Boston’s South End Community Health Center, Private Practice, Boston
Research Fellow
Sloan Center on Aging and Work, Boston College

Jennifer Coplon is both a clinical social worker and a photographer, who is conducting appreciative inquiries and taking photographs of elders who have endured life-long hardships. In 2012, she gathered stories and images of Ugandan elders “parenting” their grandchildren and great grandchildren whose parents have died, primarily of AIDS. They are being shown at several branches of the Boston Public Library, beginning with the South End Library in November/December, 2012. Dr. Coplon is now doing a similar project with formerly homeless elders in Boston. At the Sloan Center on Aging and Work, she is currently working with Dr. Jacquelyn James, Director of Research, on her qualitative/quantitative study on successful aging.

selected publications

  • James, J.B. Pitt-Catsouphes, M., and Coplon, J. (in press). “Optimizing the Long Future of Aging: What Difference Does Engagement Make for Well-being?” In C. Cooper, R. Burke, and J. Field (Eds.), Sage Handbook on Aging, Work and Society, CA: Sage Publishers.
  • Coplon, J. Single Older Women in the Workforce; By Necessity or Choice? New York: Garland Press, 1997.
  • Coplon, J. “Labor Force Participation of Single Older Women: Factors Affecting Their Hours of Work,” (unpublished dissertation), March 1994.