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    Merril D Silverstein, PhD

    TitlePart Time Lecturer (E)
    SchoolSchool of Gerontology
    DepartmentGerontology
    AddressGER 107
    University Park Campus
    Los Angeles California 90089-0191
    Phone+1 213 740 1348
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      Merril Silverstein is the inaugural holder of the Marjorie Cantor Endowed Professorship in Aging, a joint appointment in the Falk College and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. A prolific scholar and researcher, Silverstein joins Syracuse University from the University of Southern California, where he served as professor of gerontology and sociology.

      As an active member of the USC Andrus Gerontology Center, he has published more than 130 age-related publications. He currently serves as editor of Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, the discipline’s flagship journal produced by the Gerontological Society of America. He has received nearly $4.5 million in external grants for aging-related research, particularly on topics relating to intergenerational aging within the context of family life, including issues of social support, public policy, and later-life migration. He is currently principal investigator of the Longitudinal Study of Generations, a project that has tracked multigenerational families over four decades. He has active projects around the globe, including Sweden, the Netherlands, and Israel on topics of aging and intergenerational relations and currently directs a longitudinal study of older adults in rural China that is entering its second decade.

      Silverstein’s appointment as the Cantor Professor recognizes the pioneering scholarship of the late Professor Marjorie Cantor that advanced understanding of the lifestyles of older persons, the importance of caregiver support systems, and needs of elders across class and culture. SU Chancellor Nancy Cantor and her brother, Richard L. Cantor, established the professorship in memory of their mother, who died in 2009. Silverstein will play a role in advancing collaborative research and teaching in the field of aging through Syracuse University’s interdisciplinary Aging Studies Institute.


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      Columbia University1978National Institute of Mental Health Fellowship
      Columbia University1980Paul Lazarsfeld Predoctoral Fellowship
      Columbia University1985Brookdale Predoctoral Fellowship for Studies on Aging
      University of Southern California1989Post Doctoral Fellowship
      University of Southern California1993Hanson Family Trust Assistant Professorship
      Brookdale National Fellowship Program1994Fellow
      National Council on Family Relations1996Finalist, Reuben Hill Award
      Gerontological Society of America1997Fellow
      Fulbright Senior Scholars Program1999Fellow
      School of Gerontology, USC2008Dean’s Outstanding Faculty Award

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      1. Cong Z, Silverstein M. A Vignette Study of Older Adults' Preferences for Intergenerational Transfers in the Context of Competition Between Grandparents and Grandchildren in Rural China. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2017 May 20. PMID: 28531324.
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      2. Cong Z, Silverstein M. End-of-Life Co-residence of Older Parents and Their Sons in Rural China. Can J Aging. 2015 Sep; 34(3):331-41. PMID: 26219080.
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      3. Silverstein M. Foreword (and farewell). J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2015 Jan; 70(1):85-6. PMID: 25406122.
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      4. Cornwell B, Marcum C, Silverstein M. The social network approach in gerontological research. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2015 Jan; 70(1):87-90. PMID: 25399011.
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      5. Andel R, Silverstein M, Kåreholt I. The role of midlife occupational complexity and leisure activity in late-life cognition. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2015 Mar; 70(2):314-21. PMID: 25190210.
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      6. Hogerbrugge MJ, Silverstein M. Transitions in Relationships With Older Parents: From Middle to Later Years. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2015 May; 70(3):481-95. PMID: 24958693; PMCID: PMC4580550.
      7. Lendon JP, Silverstein M, Giarrusso R. Ambivalence in Older Parent-Adult Child Relationships: Mixed Feelings, Mixed Measures. J Marriage Fam. 2014 Apr; 76(2):272-284. PMID: 25378714.
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      8. Guo M, Chi I, Silverstein M. Sources of older parents' ambivalent feelings toward their adult children: the case of rural China. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2013 May; 68(3):420-30. PMID: 23591570; PMCID: PMC3627660.
      9. Hsiao HY, Xu L, Chi I, Silverstein M. Does productive role occupancy prevent depression among older rural Chinese adults? A latent difference score analysis. Aging Ment Health. 2014; 18(1):51-8. PMID: 23438178.
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      10. Silverstein M. Gerontology gone viral. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2013 Jan; 68(1):71-2. PMID: 23231833.
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      11. Kaptijn R, Thomese F, Liefbroer AC, Silverstein M. Testing evolutionary theories of discriminative grandparental investment. J Biosoc Sci. 2013 May; 45(3):289-310. PMID: 23151375; PMCID: PMC3607276.
      12. Silverstein M. (Re)considering the life course as a key concept in social gerontology. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2012 Mar; 67(2):205. PMID: 22337944.
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      13. Silverstein M. Aging at 30,000 feet: the global reach of social gerontology. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2012 Jan; 67(1):63-5. PMID: 22271795.
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      14. Fingerman KL, Pillemer KA, Silverstein M, Suitor JJ. The Baby Boomers' intergenerational relationships. Gerontologist. 2012 Apr; 52(2):199-209. PMID: 22250130; PMCID: PMC3304890.
      15. Takagi E, Silverstein M. Purchasing piety? Coresidence of married children with their older parents in Japan. Demography. 2011 Nov; 48(4):1559-79. PMID: 21826562.
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      16. Cong Z, Silverstein M. Parents' depressive symptoms and support from sons and daughters in Rural China. Int J Soc Welf. 2011 Oct 01; 20(s1):s4-s17. PMID: 21984870.
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      17. Silverstein M, Giarrusso R. Aging and Family Life: A Decade Review. J Marriage Fam. 2010 Oct; 72(5):1039-1058. PMID: 22930600.
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      18. Silverstein M, Gans D, Lowenstein A, Giarrusso R, Bengtson VL. Older Parent - Child Relationships in Six Developed Nations: Comparisons at the Intersection of Affection and Conflict. J Marriage Fam. 2010 Aug; 72(4):1006-1021. PMID: 26203197.
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      19. Chang E, Wilber KH, Silverstein M. The effects of childlessness on the care and psychological well-being of older adults with disabilities. Aging Ment Health. 2010 Aug; 14(6):712-9. PMID: 20544412.
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      20. Silverstein M. It is not getting old: the rejuvenation of social gerontology. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2010 Jan; 65B(1):67-8. PMID: 20007300.
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      21. Guo M, Chi I, Silverstein M. Intergenerational support of Chinese rural elders with migrant children: do sons' or daughters' migrations make a difference? J Gerontol Soc Work. 2009 Jul; 52(5):534-54. PMID: 19585327.
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      22. Baker LA, Silverstein M. Preventive health behaviors among grandmothers raising grandchildren. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2008 Sep; 63(5):S304-11. PMID: 18818451; PMCID: PMC2633920.
      23. Baker LA, Silverstein M. Depressive Symptoms Among Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: The Impact of Participation in Multiple Roles. J Intergener Relatsh. 2008 Sep 01; 6(3):285-304. PMID: 19890447.
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      24. Baker LA, Silverstein M, Putney NM. Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in the United States: Changing Family Forms, Stagnant Social Policies. J Soc Soc Policy. 2008; 7:53-69. PMID: 20585408.
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      25. Takagi E, Silverstein M, Crimmins E. Intergenerational coresidence of older adults in Japan: conditions for cultural plasticity. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2007 Sep; 62(5):S330-9. PMID: 17906177.
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      26. Drew LM, Silverstein M. Grandparents' psychological well-being after loss of contact with their grandchildren. J Fam Psychol. 2007 Sep; 21(3):372-9. PMID: 17874922.
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      27. Feng D, Silverstein M, Giarrusso R, McArdle JJ, Bengtson VL. Attrition of older adults in longitudinal surveys: detection and correction of sample selection bias using multigenerational data. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2006 Nov; 61(6):S323-8. PMID: 17114312.
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      28. Silverstein M, Cong Z, Li S. Intergenerational transfers and living arrangements of older people in rural China: consequences for psychological well-being. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2006 Sep; 61(5):S256-66. PMID: 16960239.
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      29. Pang EC, Jordan-Marsh M, Silverstein M, Cody M. Health-seeking behaviors of elderly Chinese Americans: shifts in expectations. Gerontologist. 2003 Dec; 43(6):864-74. PMID: 14704386.
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      30. Goodman C, Silverstein M. Grandmothers raising grandchildren: family structure and well-being in culturally diverse families. Gerontologist. 2002 Oct; 42(5):676-89. PMID: 12351803.
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      31. Silverstein M, Conroy SJ, Wang H, Giarrusso R, Bengtson VL. Reciprocity in parent-child relations over the adult life course. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2002 Jan; 57(1):S3-13. PMID: 11773228.
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      32. Silverstein M, Angelelli JJ, Parrott TM. Changing attitudes toward aging policy in the United States during the 1980s and 1990s: a cohort analysis. J Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci. 2001 Jan; 56(1):S36-43. PMID: 11192344.
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