Hazel E. Reed Human Ecology Professor, Department of Human Development, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853.
Professor of Gerontology in Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2003 – present.
Associate Dean for Extension and Outreach, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University, 2009 – present.
present. Director, Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging, 1993 –
Ph.D. in Sociology, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, 1985.
M.A. in Sociology, Brandeis University, April, 1981.
B.A. in Sociology, Boston University, Boston, MA, June, 1977.
Previous Academic Appointments
Assistant to Full Professor of Human Development, Cornell University, 1990 to 1997.
Acting Director, Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center, 2003 – 2005.
Professor, Program in Clinical Epidemiology and Health, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Cornell Weill Medical College, 1995 - 2003.
Visiting Professor, University of Konstanz, Germany, academic year 1995-1996.
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of New Hampshire, 1986 to 1990.
Training Faculty, N.I.M.H. Family Violence Post-Doctoral Program, Family Research Laboratory, University of New Hampshire, 1984 to 1990.
Associate in Family and Community Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, 1984 to 1987.
Lecturer, Clark University, Fall, 1982 to Spring, 1984.
Lecturer, Brandeis University, Summer, 1982.
Instructor, Boston University (Metropolitan College), Spring, 1982.
Professional and Research Experience
Research Associate, Family Research Laboratory, University of New Hampshire; October, 1984 to 1990.
Research Associate, University Center on Aging, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester, MA.; 1982 to 1984.
Long-Term Care Planner, Massachusetts Office of State Health Planning, Boston, MA.; 1980 to 1982.
Research Grants (All Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator)
“Improving the Management of Pain in Later Life.” Edward R. Roybal Center Grant, National
Institute on Aging (Cary Reid and Karl Pillemer, co-PIs). $1,990,176. October 2009 –
“Resident To Resident Elder Mistreatment (RREM) in Long Term Care.” National Institute on
Aging (Mark S. Lachs and Karl Pillemer, co-PIs). $2,017,494. July 2008 – June 2012.
“Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging.” National Institute on Aging. $1,851,274.
October 2003 – September 2009.
"Parent-Child Relations: Within Family Differences II." National Institute on Aging. (J. Jill Suitor and Karl Pillemer, Co-PIs). $1,752,283. September 2007 – August 2012.
“Quality Care Technology Demonstration Project: Resident Outcomes Evaluation.” New York State Quality Care Oversight Committee. $286,250. March 2007 – February 2009.
“Taking Community Action Against Pain.” National Institute of Nursing Research. (Cary Reid and Karl Pillemer, co-Pis). $451,000. September 2007 – August 2009.
“Cornell Collaborative Workshop on Aging and the Environment.” Cornell Center for a
Sustainable Future Academic Venture Fund. $37,462. February 1 – July 31, 2009.
“Retiree Environmental Stewards Program.” Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. $55,000. October 1 2007 – September 30,
“Diversity Supplement: Postdoctoral Training.” National Institute on Aging. $140,000. October
2005 – September 2008.
“Linking Technology Implementation to Culture Change And Resident-Centered Care.” The
Commonwealth Fund. $30,700.00. January 1 – July 30, 2007.
“Cultural Competency in Jewish Nursing Facilities.” Anonymous foundation. $50,000. July 2005
– June 2006.
“Project Home: Facilitating Discharge of Nursing Home Residents to Community Living.” Community Health Foundation of Central and Western New York. $100,000. February 2006 –
“The Retention Specialist Program: Testing a Model Workplace Innovation.” Joint funding from
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Atlantic Philanthropies. $499,748. October 2003 –
“Aging and the Environment: Promoting Environmental Civic Engagement and Volunteering among the Elderly. ” Cornell University College of Human Ecology, New Research Environment Initiative, $25,000, May 2005 – December 2007.
“Cornell Applied Gerontology Research Institute.” National Institute on Aging, $2,751,247.
August 1998 – July 2004.
“Parent-Child Relations: Within Family Differences.” National Institute on Aging (J. Jill Suitor
and Karl Pillemer, co-PIs). $1,303,161. February 1, 2001 – January 31, 2005.
“Workforce Development in Elder Care: An Evaluation of Innovative Training Methods.” USDA,
May 2006. $120,000. June 2003 –
“Research Dissemination Coordination Center for the Edward R. Roybal Centers for Research on Applied Gerontology.” National Institute on Aging. $200,000. July 1999 - June 2003.
“Cornell Component of Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center: Geriatric Education in Rural and Underserved Areas.” $44,288. July 1, 2000 - June 30, 2005.
“Ambivalence of Intergenerational Relations among Adults in Families.” Transcoop Program,
Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Kurt Luescher and Karl Pillemer, co-PIs). 60,000 DM (approx . $35,000 U. S.) January 1998 – December 2001.
“Cornell Center for Research on Applied Gerontology.” National Institute on Aging, $2,427,546.
August 1993 - July 1998.
“Underrepresented Minority Supplement.” National Institute on Aging, $63,420. June 1994 - May 1996.
“Social Relations of Alzheimer”s Caregivers Across Time.” National Institute of Mental Health
(Karl Pillemer and J. Jill Suitor, co-PIs). $654,727. September 1988 - August 1993.
“Project GUIDE (Gaining Understanding of Intergenerational Programs through Distance
Education).” NYS College of Human Ecology. $12,000. June 1998 – May 1999.
“Developing Community Liaison Activities with Minority Aged.” Innovative Program Research Grant, Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center. P. I. $9,900. Dates: May 1997 – April 1998.
“Ensuring an Abuse-Free Environment: Evaluation.” Denver Regional Council of Governments, Quality of Care Project. P. I. $9, 394. Dates: January 1998 – June 2000.
“Social Relations and Well-Being of Alzheimer”s Caregivers: Rural/Nonrural Comparisons.”
United States Department of Agriculture (Hatch Program), $28, 600.
“Promoting Mental Wellness in Elder Care.” Van Ameringen Foundation, $197,817.
“Setting the Agenda for the White House Conference on Aging: A Survey.” Grant from
anonymous donors, $13,900.
“National Survey of Conflict and Abuse in Families of the Elderly in Canada.” Health and Welfare - Canada, $235,000.
“Evaluation of Four Model Elder Abuse Projects.” Florence V. Burden Foundation and Ittleson Foundation, $273,276.
“Exploring Aging through Service Experiences: Project EASE.” C.S. Mott Foundation and Public Welfare Foundation, $60,410.
“Inappropriate Patient Management Practices in Nursing Homes.” AARP Andrus Foundation, $49,947.
“Student Assisted Independent Living.” Foundation for Long-Term Care, $36,000.
“Abuse Prevention in Home Health Care.” Coalition of Advocates for the Rights of the Infirm Elderly.” $15,000.
“Cooperative Communication between Nursing Home Staff and Family Members.” Cornell
Cooperative Extension, $15,900.
“Apparel Approaches to Resident Safety and Autonomy in the Restraint-Free Nursing Home.”
Cornell Life Course Institute, $11,900.
“Families and Nursing Homes: College Grant, Cornell University. $5900.
“A Training Program For Family Caregivers to Dependent Elders.” Foundation for Seacoast Health, $61,612.
“Conference on Parent-Child Relationships across the Life-Span.” Elliot Fund, $14,400.
“Developing a Model Continuing Care Retirement Community for Low-Income Elderly Persons.”
Massachusetts Department of Public Welfare, $18,000.
“Analysis of Long-Term Care Needs in Massachusetts.” Office of Health Policy, Massachusetts Executive Office of Human Services, $11,000.
“Research Conference on Elder Abuse and Neglect.” University of New Hampshire Undesignated Gifts Committee, $11,490.
“The Exceptional Aging Project: A Pilot Study.” NYNEX Faculty Development Grant, $3500.
“Preparation of Background paper for Surgeon General”s Workshop on Violence.” Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, $2,000.
Books, Monographs, Special Issues
Pillemer, Karl. (2011). 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans.
New York: Viking/Penguin.
Sykes, Kathy, and Karl Pillemer (Eds.). 2009-2010. Environment and Aging: Grey and Green.
Special Issue, Generations, Winter, .
4. Intergenerational Ambivalences: New Pillemer, Karl, and Kurt Luescher (Eds.). 200
Perspectives on Parent-Child Relations in Later Life. Stamford, CN: Elsevier/JAI Press.
Volume 4 in the series “Contemporary Perspectives in Family Research.”
Pillemer, Karl, Sara Czaja, and Richard Schulz (Eds.). 2003. Challenges of Translational
Research on Aging: The Experience of the Roybal Centers. Vol. 43, Special Issue I, The
National Academy of Sciences, Panel to Review Risk and Prevalence of Elder Abuse and Neglect.
2002. Elder Mistreatment: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America.
Washington, D. C.: National Academies Press. [Panel member and co-author of this
Pillemer, Karl, Phyllis Moen, Elaine Wethington, Nina Glasgow (Eds.). 2000. Social Integration
in the Second Half of Life. Baltimore, MD: The Johns Hopkins University Press.
Pillemer, Karl. 2000. Abuse-Proofing Your Facility. Albany, NY: Delmar/Thompson Learning.
Pillemer, Karl, and Kathleen McCartney (Eds.). 1991. Parent-Child Relations throughout Life.
New York: Erlbaum.
Wolf, Rosalie S., and Karl Pillemer. 1989. Helping Elderly Victims: The Reality of Elder Abuse.
New York: Columbia University Press.
Pillemer, Karl, and Rosalie S. Wolf (Eds.). 1986. Elder Abuse: Conflict in the Family. Dover,
MA: Auburn House.
Refereed Journal Articles
Pillemer, Karl, Emily K. Chen, Kimberly S. Van Haitsma, Jeanne Teresi, Mildred Ramirez,
Stephanie Silver, Gail Sukha, and Mark S. Lachs. (In press). “Resident-to-Resident
Aggression in Nursing Homes: Results from a Qualitative Event Reconstruction Study.”
Fingerman, Karen L., Karl Pillemer, Merrill Silverstein, and J. Jill Suitor. (In press).”The Baby
Boomers’ Intergenerational Ties. The Gerontologist.”
Sechrist, Jori, J. Jill Suitor, Catherine Riffin, Kadari Taylor-Watson, Karl Pillemer. (In press).
“Race and Mothers' Differentiation among their Adult Children: A Sequential Approach to
Combining Quantitative and Qualitative Data.” Journal of Family Psychology.
Finkelstein, Emily S., M. Carrington Reid, Alison Kleppinger, Karl Pillemer, Julie Robison.
(2012). ”Are Baby Boomers Who Care for their Older Parents Planning for their Own
Future Long-Term Care Needs?” Journal of Aging and Social Policy, 24, 29-45.
Parker, Samantha J., Romulo Vasquez, Emily K. Chen, Charles R. Henderson, Jr, Karl Pillemer,
Laura Robbins, M.C. Reid. “ (In press). A Comparison of the Arthritis Foundation Self-
Help Program across Three Race/Ethnicity Groups.” Ethnicity and Disease.
Abrahamson, Kathleen, Karl Pillemer, Jori Sechrist, and J. Jill Suitor. (2011). “Does Race
Influence Conflict Between Nursing Home Staff and the Family Members of Residents?”
Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 66B, 750-755.
Pillemer, Karl, Rhoda H. Meador, Jeanne A. Teresi, Charles R. Henderson Jr., Emily K. Chen, Mark S. Lachs, Gabriel Boratgis, Stephanie Silver, and Joseph P. Eimicke. (2011).
“Effects of Electronic Health Information Technology Implementation on Nursing Home
Resident Outcomes.” Journal of Aging and Health. 24, 92-112.
Pillemer, Karl, Risa Breckman, Charlotte D. Sweeney, Patricia Brownell, Terry Fulmer, Jackie
Berman, Earamichia Brown, Evelyn Laureano, and Mark S. Lachs. (2011). “Practitioners’
Views on Elder Mistreatment Research Priorities: Recommendations from a Research-to-
Practice Consensus Conference.” Journal of Elder Abuse and Neglect, 23, 115-126.
J. Jill Suitor, Megan Gilligan, and Karl Pillemer. (2011). “Conceptualizing and Measuring
Intergenerational Ambivalence in Later-Life.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences.
Sechrist, J., Suitor, J.J., Vargas, N., & Pillemer, K. (2011). “The Role of Perceived Religious
Similarity in the Quality of Mother-Child Relations in Later Life: Differences Within
Families and Between Races.” Research on Aging, 33, 3-27.
Pillemer, Karl, Nancy M. Wells, Linda P. Wagenet, Rhoda H. Meador,and Jennifer T. Parise
(2011). “Environmental Sustainability in an Aging Society: A Research Agenda.” Journal
of Aging and Health, 23, 433-453.
Meador, Rhoda, Emily Kahoe Chen, Leslie Schultz, Amanda Norton, Charles Henderson, Jr., Karl
Pillemer. (2011) “Going Home: Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Nursing Home
Discharge.” Care Management Journals, 12, 2-10.
Pillemer, Karl, J. Jill Suitor, Seth Pardo, and Charles Henderson, Jr. (2010). “Mothers’
Differentiation and Depressive Symptoms among Adult Children.” Journal of Marriage
and Family, 72, 333-345.
Pillemer, Karl, Thomas E. Fuller-Rowell, Cary Reid, and Nancy Wells. (2010). “Environmental
Volunteering and Health Outcomes over a Twenty-Year Period.” The Gerontologist, 50:
Pillemer, Karl, Linda P. Wagenet, Debra Goldman, Lori Bushway, Rhoda Meador. (2010).
“Environmental Volunteerism in Later Life: Benefits and Barriers.” Generations, 33, 58-
Rosen, T., Lachs, M.S., & Pillemer, K. (2010). “Sexual Aggression Between Residents in Nursing
Homes: Literature Synthesis of an Under-recognized Problem.” Journal of the American
Geriatrics Society, 58, 1071-1079.
Márquez-González, Maria, Andrés Losada-Baltar, Karl Pillemer, Rosa Romero-Moreno, Javier
López-Martínez, Teresa Martínez-Rodríguez. (2010) “Caregiving beyond the Household:
The Role of the Family in Nursing Homes and Collaborative Care. (Cuidando más allá del
domicilio: el papel de la familia en los centros residenciales y el cuidado colaborativo).
Psicogeriatría, 2: 93-104
Filiberto, D., Elaine Wethington, Karl Pillemer, Nancy M. Wells, Mark Wysocki, and Jennifer
True Parise. (2010). “Older People and Climate Change: Vulnerability and Health
Effects.” Generations, 33, 19-25.
Frongillo, Edward A., Tanushree Isaacman, Claire M. Horan, Elaine Wethington, and Karl A.
Pillemer. (2010). “Adequacy of and Satisfaction with Delivery and Use of Home-Delivered
Meals.” Journal of Nutrition for the Elderly, 29, 211-226.
Townley, Sarah, Maria Papaleontiou, Leslie Amanfo, Charles R. Henderson, Jr.,Karl Pillemer,
Katherine Beissner, and M.C. Reid. (2010) “Preparing to Implement a Self-Management
Program for Back Pain in New York City Senior Centers: What Do Prospective
Consumers Think?” Pain Medicine, 11: 405–415.
Abrahamson, Kathleen, James G. Anderson, Marilyn M. Anderson, J. Jill Suitor, and Karl Pillemer
(2010). “"The Cumulative Influence of Conflict on Nursing Home Staff: A Computer
Simulation Approach.” Research in Gerontological Nursing, 3, 39-48.
Taylor, Catherine, and Karl Pillemer. (2009). “Using Affect to Understand Employee Turnover: A
Context Specific Application of a Theory of Social Exchange.” Sociological Perspectives,
Suitor, J. Jill, Mari Plikuhn, Seth T. Pardo, Jori Sechrist, Megan Gilligan, and Karl Pillemer.
(2009). “The Role of Parental Favoritism in Sibling Relations in Midlife.” Journal of
Marriage and Family, 71, 1026-1038.
Ong, Anthony. D., Cary Reid, Elaine Wethington, Karl Pillemer, and C. G. Aronin (2009).
“Resilience and Vulnerability to Chronic Pain: Conceptual and Methodological Issues.”
Journal of Dementia and Mental Health Care of Older People, 13: 24-25..
Abrahamson, Kathleen, J. Jill Suitor, and Karl Pillemer. (2009). Conflict Between Nursing Home
Staff and Residents' Families: Does it Increase Burnout? Journal of Aging and Health, 21,
Sabir, Myra, Elaine Wethington, Risa Breckman, , Rhoda Meador, Cary Reid, Karl Pillemer.
(2009). “A Community-Based Participatory Critique of Social Isolation Intervention
Research for Community-Dwelling Older Adults.” Journal of Applied Gerontology, 28;
ollective Ambivalence: Considering New Approaches Pillemer, Karl, and J. Jill Suitor.(2008). “C
to the Complexity of Intergenerational Relations.” Journals of Gerontology: Social
Sciences, 63 394-396
Suitor, J. Jill, Jori Sechrist, Mari Plikuhn, Tamara Pardo, and Karl Pillemer. (2008). "Within-
Family Differences in Parent-Child Relations across the Life Course." Current Directions
in Psychological Science, 17, 334-338.
Pillemer, Karl, Rhoda Meador, Charles Henderson, Jr., Julie Robison, Carol Hegeman, Edwin
Graham, Leslie Schultz. (2008). “A Facility Specialist Model for Improving Retention of
Nursing Home Staff: Results from a Randomized, Controlled Study.” The Gerontologist,
Tony Rosen, Mark S. Lachs, Ashok J. Bharucha, Scott M. Stevens, Jeanne A. Teresi, Flor Nebres,
Karl Pillemer. (2008) “Resident-to-Resident Aggression in Nursing Homes: Insights from
Focus Groups of Nursing Home Residents and Staff.” Journal of the American Geriatrics
Society, 56: 1398-1408.
Pillemer, Karl, and Linda P. Wagenet. (2008). “Taking Action: Environmental Volunteerism and
Civic Engagement by Older People.” Public Policy and Aging Report, 18: 1, 23-27.
Rosen, Tony, Karl Pillemer, and Mark S. Lachs. (2008). “Resident-to-Resident Aggression in
Long-Term Care Facilities: An Understudied Problem.” Aggression and Violent Behavior,
Reid, M.C., Maria Papaleontiou, Anthony Ong, Risa Breckman, Elaine Wethington, and Karl
Pillemer. (2008). “Self-Management Strategies to Reduce Pain and Improve Function
Among Older Adults in Community Settings: A Review of the Evidence.” Pain Medicine,
Pillemer, K., Suitor, J.J., Mock, S.E., Sabir, M., Pardo, T., Sechrist, J. (2007). Capturing the
complexity of intergenerational relations: Exploring ambivalence within later-life families.
Journal of Social Issues, 63: 775-791.
Chen, C. K, Sabir, M., Zimmerman, S. Suitor, J., and Pillemer, K. (2007). The importance of
family relationships with nursing facility staff for family caregiver burden and depression.
Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 62, 253-260.
Robison, Julie, Leslie Curry, Cynthia Gruman, Martha Porter, Charles R. Henderson, Jr., and Karl
Pillemer. (2007). “Partners in Caregiving in a Special Care Environment: Cooperative
Communication Between Staff and Families on Dementia Units.” The Gerontologist, 47:
Honkanen, Lisa A., Niall Monaghan, M. C. Reid, David Newstein, Karl Pillemer, and Mark S.
Lachs. 2007. “Can Hip Protector Use in the Nursing Home Be Predicted?” Journal of the
American Geriatrics Society, 55: 350–356.
Suitor, J. Jill, Jori Sechrist, and Karl Pillemer. (2007). "Within-Family Differences in Mothers'
Support to Adult Children in Black and White Families." Research on Aging, 29: 410-435.
Wethington, Elaine, Risa Breckman, Rhoda Meador, M. Carrington Reid, Myra Sabir, Mark
Lachs, and Karl Pillemer. (2007). “The CITRA Pilot Studies Program: Mentoring
Translational Research.” The Gerontologist, 47: 845-850.
Wethington, Elaine and Karl A. Pillemer. (2007). “Translating Basic Research into Community
Practice: The Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging (CITRA).” Forum on
Public Policy Online. (http://www.forumonpublicpolicy.com Winter 2007).
Robison, Julie and Karl Pillemer. (2007). "Job Satisfaction and Intention to Quit among Nursing
Home Nursing Staff: Do Special Care Units Make a Difference?" Journal of Applied
Gerontology, 26, 95-112.
Suitor, J. J., & K. Pillemer. (2007). “Mothers’ Favoritism in Later Life: The Role of Children’s
Birth Order.” Research on Aging 29: 32-55.
Honkanen, Lisa A., Niall Monaghan, M. C. Reid, David Newstein, Karl Pillemer, and Mark S.
Lachs. (2007). “Can Hip Protector Use in the Nursing Home Be Predicted?” Journal of
the American Geriatrics Society, 55: 350–356.
Suitor, J. Jill, Jori Sechrist, Michael Steinhour, and Karl Pillemer. (2007). “When Mothers Have
Favorites: Conditions under Which Mothers Differentiate among Their Adult Children.”
Canadian Journal on Aging, 26, 85-99.
Sabir, Myra, Risa Breckman, Rhoda Meador, Elaine Wethington, M.Carrington Reid, and Karl
Pillemer. (2006). “The CITRA Research-Practice Consensus Workshop Model: Exploring
a New Method of Research Translation in Aging.” The Gerontologist, 46: 833-839.
Pillemer, Karl, and J. Jill Suitor. (2006). “Making Choices: A Within-Family Study of Caregiver
Selection.” The Gerontologist, 46: 439-448.
Suitor, J. Jill, Michael Steinhour, Jori Sechrist, and Karl Pillemer. (2006). "’I'm Sure She Chose
Me!’ Accuracy of Children's Reports of Mothers' Favoritism in Later Life Families.”
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Suitor, J. Jill, and Karl Pillemer. 2006. “Choosing Daughters: Exploring Why Mothers Favor
Adult Daughters over Sons.” Sociological Perspectives, 49, 139-162.
Suitor, J. Jill, Karl Pillemer, and Jori Sechrist. 2006. “Within-Family Differences in Mothers'
Support to Adult Children.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 61: S10-S17.
Lachs, Mark S., and Karl Pillemer. 2004. “Elder Abuse.” The Lancet, 364: 1263–72
Dunifon, Rachel, Michael Duttweiler, Karl Pillemer, Donald Tobias, and William M. K. 2004.
“Evidence-Based Extension.” Journal of Extension, 40: 2.
Pillemer, Karl, J. Jill Suitor, Charles R. Henderson, Jr., Rhoda Meador, Leslie Schultz, Julie
Robison, and Carol Hegeman. 2003. “A Cooperative Communication Intervention for
Nursing Home Staff and Family Members of Residents.” The Gerontologist, 43: 96-106.
Pillemer, Karl, J. Jill Suitor, and Elaine Wethington. 2003. “Integrating Theory, Basic Research,
and Intervention: Two Case Studies from Caregiving Research.” The Gerontologist: 43: 19-
Sabir, Myra., Karl Pillemer, J. Jill Suitor, and Michael Patterson. 2003. “Predictors of Successful
Relationships in a Peer Support Program for Alzheimer”s Caregivers.” American Journal of
Alzheimer”s Disease: 18: 115-122.
Carol R. Hegeman, Beverly Horowitz, Karl Pillemer, Lynn Tepper, and Leslie Schultz. 2003. “Service
Learning in Elder Care: Ten Years of Growth and Assessment.” Journal of Gerontological Social
Work: 39: 177-194.
Pillemer, Karl, and J. Jill Suitor. 2002. “Explaining Mothers” Ambivalence Toward Their Adult
Children.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 64: 602–613.