Carr, Deborah S.
Ph.D., The University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1997
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Aging, Social Psychology, Social Demography, Sociology of the Family, Work-Family Intersections, Death and Dying, Social Stratification, Gender.
Social Psychology, Sociology of the Life Course, Social Structure and Personality, Social Demography, and Research Methods.
Memberships and Professional Service
Editorial Board: Sociological Forum, 2006-present; Sociology Compass, 2006-present; Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 2006-2008; Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 2006-2008; Journal of Marriage and Family, 2004-2005; Trends Editor, Contexts (a publication of the American Sociological Association); Deputy Editor, Journal of Marriage and Family, 2005-2008; Reviewer, National Science Foundation, 2005 and 2006; Reviewer, National Institute of Mental Health, Special Emphasis Panel, Centers for Mental Health Interventions and Services Research, 2005.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Fellow, Gerontological Society of America, Behavioral and Social Sciences section, 2006-present; Principal Investigator, National Institute of Aging, "Illness Representations and End-of-Life Planning," 2002-2009; Leader, National Institute on Aging, “Integrative Pathways to Health and Illness,” 2003-2008; Co-Investigator, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research small grant program, funded by National Institute of Mental Health, "“The Impact of Sibling Relationships on Caregiving for the Mentally Ill," 2003-2004.
Academic Interests and Plans
I am currently involved in projects exploring: widowhood and end-of-life issues; psychological consequences of work and family roles; and interpersonal and social consequences of obesity.
The current project I am working on is a National Institute of Aging (NIA)-funded project to study the ways older adults and their families prepare for end-of-life health care needs.
I recently completed a trade book (for St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books) that compares the lives of Generation X women and their Baby Boom/Greatest Generation mothers, and how differences in their life choices often causes tension between mothers and daughters.