Ph.D., McMaster University
Dr. Kemp is a sociologist who first joined the Gerontology Institute in 2005 as a visiting professor after completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Western Ontario . Currently, she holds a joint appointment in the Gerontology Institute and the Department of Sociology . Dr. Kemp is the Gerontology Institute’s Graduate Director and she supervises the Internship program. She received her Ph.D. from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Much of Dr. Kemp’s research focuses on topics related to family and the life course. Her work examines, for example: intergenerational relationships; inheritance; later life couples; work-life balance; formal and informal care; ethnicity and aging; and gender, sexuality and aging. Most of her ongoing research is set in assisted living communities. Dr. Kemp is a co-investigator on two recently concluded studies funded by the National Institute on Aging, “Negotiating Resident Relationships in Assisted Living: The Experience of Residents” (P.I. Mary M. Ball) and “Negotiating Sex and Intimacy in Assisted Living” (P.I. Elisabeth Burgess). Dr. Kemp’s most recent publications appear in The Journals of Gerontology, The Gerontologist, Journal of Applied Gerontology, Journal of Family Issues, and the Journal of Aging Studies. Along with Malcolm P. Cutchin and Victor W. Marshall, Dr. Kemp is co-editor of the 4-volume set, “Researching Social Gerontology”, published by Sage, UK in 2013. With GSU colleagues Mary M. Ball, Molly M. Perkins and Carol Hollingsworth, she also is editor of “Frontline Workers in Assisted Living” published in 2010 by the Johns Hopkins University Press.