Merril Silverstein, PhD
Merril Silverstein, Ph.D. is the Marjorie Cantor Professor of Aging Studies at Syracuse University. He received his doctorate in sociology from Columbia University, after which he was a post-doctoral scholar (NIA trainee) at USC and then research assistant professor in population studies at Brown University. He joined the faculty of the USC Davis School of Gerontology in 1993, was promoted to associate professor in 1999, and in 2002 received a joint appointment with the USC Department of Sociology upon becoming full professor.
Dr. Silverstein's research focuses on aging within the context of family life, including such topics as intergenerational transfers and transmission, social support over the life-course, grandparent-grandchild relations, migration in later life, public policy toward caregiving families, and international perspectives on aging families. He has over 100 publications, including three edited volumes: Intergenerational Relations Across Time and Place (Springer Publishing), Handbook of Theories of Aging (Springer Publishing), and From Generation to Generation: Continuity and Discontinuity in Aging Families (Johns Hopkins University Press).
Dr. Silverstein is currently principal investigator of the Longitudinal Study of Generations, a project that has tracked multigenerational families over four decades to study how family relationships have changed across biographical, historical, and generational time. He also has active projects in China, Sweden, and Israel on the topic of intergenerational relations. His research has been supported by grants from the NIA, NICHD, NSF, Fogarty International Center, Binational Foundation, and AARP. Dr. Silverstein is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the Brookdale National Fellowship Program, and the Fulbright International Senior Scholars Program. He serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences from 2010-2013.
Brookdale Fellow Class of 1994