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Undergraduate Director, Associate Professor, The Gerontology Institute
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 Undergraduate 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.
Diversity and Aging, Family, Intimacy, and Aging, Qualitative Gerontology, Aging and Society, Families and Society, and Aging in a Global Context.
Select Recent Journal Publications:
de Witt, L.A., Campbell, L. D., Ploeg, J., Kemp, C. L., & Rosenthal, C. J. (in press). "You're saying something by giving things to them:" Communication and family inheritance. European Journal of Aging. doi: 10.1007/s10433-013-0262-z
Kemp, C. L., Ball, M. M., & Perkins, M. M. (2013). Convoys of care: Theorizing intersections of formal and informal care. Journal of Aging Studies, 27: 15-29. doi: 10.1016/j.jaging2012.10.002NIHMS:415156NIHMS:415156
Perkins, M. M., Ball, M. M., Kemp, C. L., & Hollingsworth, C. (in press). Social relations and residents’ health in assisted living: An application of the Convoy Model. The Gerontologist. doi: 10.1093/geront/gns124
Kemp, C. L., Ball, M. M., Hollingsworth, C., & Perkins, M. M. (2012). Strangers and friends: Residents’ social careers in assisted living. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 67(4): 491-502. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbs043
Sharma, K. & Kemp, C. L. (2012). "One should follow the wind": Individualized filial piety and support exchanges in Indian immigrant families in the United States. Journal of Aging Studies, 26 (2): 129-139. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2011.10.003
Kemp, C. L. (2012). Married couples in assisted living: Adult children’s experiences providing support. Journal of Family Issues, 33(5): 639-661. doi 10.1177/0192513X11416447
Kemp, C. L., Luo, S., & Ball, M. M. (2012). “Meds are a real tricky area”: Examining medication management and regulation in assisted living. Journal of Applied Gerontology 31: 126-149. doi:10.1177/0733464810381986
Kemp, C. L., Ball, M. M., Perkins, M. M., Hollingsworth, C. & Lepore, M. J. (2009). “I get along with most of them”: Direct care workers’ relationships with residents’ families in assisted living. The Gerontologist, 49 (2): 224-235. doi:10.1093/geront/gnp025
Kemp, C. L. (2008). Negotiating transitions in later life: Married couples in assisted living. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 27 (3): 231-251. doi:10.1177/0733464807311656
Connidis, I. A., & Kemp, C. L. (2008). Negotiating actual and anticipated parental support: Multiple sibling voices in three-generation families. Journal of Aging Studies, 22: 229-238. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2007.06.002
Kemp, C. L. (2007). Grandparent-grandchild ties: Reflections on continuity and change across three generations. Journal of Family Issues 23, 855-881. doi:10.1177/0192513X07299599