J. Jill Suitor

  • Professor of Sociology
  • Ph.D., Sociology, State University of New York at Stony Brook (1985)

Department Information

Sociology // Faculty

Office Information

  • Specialization

  • parent-adult child relations, family caregiving, interpersonal relations & well-being

  • Dr. J. Jill Suitor (Ph.D., SUNY-Stony Brook, 1985) in a Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Associate of the Center on Aging and the Life Course. Her research focuses the effects of status transitions on interpersonal relations, particularly between parents and adult children and among adult siblings.  Her research has been supported by the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Spencer Foundation, and has resulted in the publication of more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. She is an Associate Editor of The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and has been a member of the editorial boards of Social Forces, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, The Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, The Gerontologist, and Gender & Society. She has also served as a member of the National Institutes of Health Study Section on Personality, Social Psychology, and Interpersonal Processes. She regularly teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on family relationships across the life course with particular emphasis on later-life families. Since 2001, she has led the Within Family Differences Study (WFDS), an NIH-supported panel investigation of the causes and consequences of within-family differences and parental favoritism in more than 550 multigenerational families. 

    Faculty Associate: Center on Aging and the Life Course

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