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Deborah S. Carr

Deborah S. Carr

Professor, Dept. of Sociology
Boston University
carrds@bu.edu
http://www.bu.edu/sociology/faculty-staff/faculty/deborah-carr/


Deborah Carr, PhD, is Professor of Sociology at Boston University. She is a fellow of the Behavioral and Social Sciences division of the Gerontological Society of America, and a member of the honorary Sociological Research Association. She currently serves as editor-in-chief of Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, and formerly served as deputy editor of Social Psychology Quarterly and Journal of Marriage & Family, and as trends editor of Contexts (an American Sociological Association publication). She is principal investigator of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79) and is a co-investigator on the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS). She served two terms as Chair of the Board of Overseers of the General Social Survey (GSS).

Dr. Carr studies the impact of social roles, relationships, and contexts on psychological well-being among midlife and older adults. One strand of her research focuses on death and dying. She is particularly interested in how demographic, technological, and social/political changes affect end-of-life experiences of the dying and their families. She has published widely on spousal bereavement and advance care planning, and is principal investigator on several NIA-funded studies of advance care planning including the New Jersey End of Life study and Wisconsin Study of Families and Loss (WISTFL), and follow up to Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. A second strand of her research focuses on the interpersonal consequences of stigma; using MIDUS data, she has explored the psychological and interpersonal consequences of stigmas including obesity and singlehood. Carr also examines family relationships in later life and the implications for well-being. Her books include Worried Sick: How Stress Hurts Us and How to Bounce Back (Rutgers University Press, 2014). She also is co-author of a popular Introduction to Sociology (W. W. Norton) textbook, and editor in chief of the Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development (Cengage).



Representative Publications
Crandall, C. J., Karlamangla, A. S., Merkin, S. S., Binkley, N., Carr, D., Greendale, G. A., & Seeman, T. E. (2015). Adult bone strength of children from single-parent families: The Midlife in the U.S. Study. Osteoporosis International, 26(3), 931-942.
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Tsenkova, V. K., Carr, D., Coe, C. L., & Ryff, C. D. (2014). Anger, adiposity, and glucose control in nonidabetic adults: Findings from MIDUS II. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 37(1), 37-46.
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Lee, C., Tsenkova, V., & Carr, D. (2014). Childhood trauma and metabolic syndrome in men and women. Social Science & Medicine, 105, 122-130.
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Carr, D., Murphy, L., Batson, H., & Springer, K. W. (2013). Bigger is not always better: The effect of obesity on sexual satisfaction and behavior of adult men in the United States. Men and Masculinities, 16(4), 452-477.
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Carr, D., & Jaffe, K. (2012). The psychosocial consequences of weight change trajectories: Evidence from quantitative and qualitative data [Special invited issue]. Economics and Human Biology, 10(4), 419-430.
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Tsenkova, V. K., Carr, D., Coe, C. L., & Ryff, C. D. (2012). Synergistic effect of neuroticism and body mass index on glucose metabolism in nondiabetic adults Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.
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Tsenkova, V. K., Carr, D., Schoeller, D. A., & Ryff, C. D. (2011). Perceived weight discrimination amplifies the link between central adiposity and nondiabetic glycemic control (HbA(1c)). Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 41(2), 243-251.
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Carr, Deborah, & Springer, Kristen (2010). Advances in families and health research in the 21st century. Journal of Marriage & Family [Decade in Review special issue], 72, 743-761.

Pudrovska, T., & Carr, D. (2009). Age at first birth and fathers' subsequent health: Evidence from sibling and twin models. American Journal of Men's Health, 3(2), 104-115.
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Carr, Deborah (Ed.). (2009). Encyclopedia of the life course and human development (with associate editors Robert Crosnoe, M. E. Hughes, & Amy Pienta). Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson/Gale.

Carr, Deborah. (2009). Who's to blame? Perceived responsibility for spousal death and psychological distress among older widowed persons. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 50, 359-75 .

Carr, Deborah, & Boerner, Kathrin. (2009). Do spousal discrepancies in marital quality assessments affect psychological adjustment to widowhood? Journal of Marriage and Family, 71, 495-509.

Carr, D.S., Jaffe, K., Friedman, M. (2008). Perceived Interpersonal Mistreatment Among Obese Americans: Do Race, Class,and Gender Matter? Obesity, 16(Supplement 2), S60-68.
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Carr, D. (2008). Social and emotional well-being of single women in contemporary America. In R. M. Bell & V. Yans (Eds.), Women on their own: Interdisciplinary approaches (pp. 58-81). New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.

Carr, D., Friedman, M. A., & Jaffe, K. (2007). Understanding the relationship between obesity and positive and negative affect: The role of psychosocial mechanisms. Body Image, 4(2), 165-177.
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Carr, D., & Khodyakov, D. (2007). Health care proxies in later life: Whom do we choose and why? Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 48(2), 180-194.

Carr, D., & Khodyakov, D. (2007). End of life health care planning among the young-old: An assessment of psychosocial influences. Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 62B, S135-141.

Carr, Deborah and Michael Friedman (2006). Body Weight and the Quality of Interpersonal Relationships. Social Psychology Quarterly, 69(2), 127-149.
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Carr, D., Nesse, R., & Wortman, C.B., Eds. (2006). Spousal bereavement in late life. New York: Springer Publishing.

Byrne, A., Carr, D. (2005). Caught in the Cultural Lag: The Stigma of Singlehood. Psychological Inquiry 16: 84-91.
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Carr, Deborah and Michael Friedman (2005). Is Obesity Stigmatizing? Body Weight, Perceived Discrimination and Psychological Well-Being in the United States. Journal of Health and Social Behavior 46: 244-259.
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Carr, D. S. (2004). Psychological well-being across three cohorts: A response to shifting work-family opportunities and expectations? Work and well-being across three cohorts. In O.G. Brim, C.D. Ryff, & R.C. Kessler (Eds.), How healthy are we?: A national study of well-being at midlife (pp. 452-484). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
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Carr, D. (2004). Black/White differences in psychological adjustment to spousal loss among older adults. Research on Aging, 26(6), 591-622.

Carr, D. (2004). The desire to date and remarry among older widows and widowers. Journal of Marriage and Family, 66, 1051-1068.

Carr, D. (2004). 'My daughter has a career - I just raised babies': Women's intergenerational social comparisons. Social Psychology Quarterly, 67(2), 132-54.

Carr, D. (2003). A 'Good Death' for whom? Quality of spouse's death and psychological distress among older widowed persons. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 44, 215-32.

Carr, D.S. (2002). The psychological consequences of work-family tradeoffs for three cohorts of women and men. Social Psychology Quarterly, 65(2), 103-124.
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Carr, D., House, J.S., Wortman, C., Nesse, R.M. & Kessler, R.C. (2001). Psychological adjustment to sudden and anticipated spousal death among the older widowed. Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 56B(4), S237-48.

Carr, D., House, J.S., Kessler, R.C., Nesse, R.M., Sonnega, J. & Wortman, C. (2000). Marital quality and psychological adjustment to widowhood among older adults: A longitudinal analysis. Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 55B(4), S197-207.
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