Jennifer C. Greenfield

Jennifer C. Greenfield

Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Social Work

Dr. Jennifer Greenfield’s research focuses on the intersections of health and wealth disparities across the life course among working women and, particularly, among caregivers of color. Dr. Greenfield’s research aims to understand and document the interactions of caregiving, health and financial strain, and to identify policy interventions that support families who are negatively impacted by the stresses that accompany their caregiving responsibilities. She also collaborates on projects related to economic security across the life course, activity patterns among older adults, and analysis of policy proposals such as implementation of paid family leave and increasing the minimum wage. Dr. Greenfield works with local and national community partners on several research, program evaluation, and policy analysis projects.

Dr. Greenfield is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Gerontological Education in Social Work (AGESW) and serves as the Book and Media Review Editor for the Journal of Gerontological Social Work. Her research has been funded by a number of national foundations including the John A. Hartford Foundation, the National Association of Social Workers, and the Center for Retirement Research; she has also received grants from DU’s Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging, the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning and the Professional Research Opportunity Fund. She received her PhD in Social Work from the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, and her Masters in Social Work from Saint Louis University. Dr. Greenfield joined the faculty of DU’s Graduate School of Social Work in 2013.

Health & Aging | Friday, September 16, 2016

Life expectancies are on the rise in the U.S., but as we age, we face the increasing likelihood of living with chronic diseases and functional limitations. It is no surprise, therefore, that more Americans serve as caregivers each year. Unfortunately, many caregivers face competing demands between work and family responsibilities, a conflict that compromises both financial and physical wellbeing. This presentation will summarize research on the costs of caregiving for both caregivers and society as a whole, and review policy approaches that may mitigate these costs and help family members across the life course more successfully balance caregiving responsibilities and careers.