Deborah Carr, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair, Sociology, Rutgers University
Deborah Carr is professor and chair of Sociology at Rutgers University, and a faculty member at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. Her research focuses on social factors that affect health and well-being over the life course. She has published widely on the psychological consequences of body weight, the ways that marital transitions affect emotional well-being, and the nature and consequences of marital quality. She also examines death, dying and end-of-life issues,and has published widely on widowhood and end-of-life decision-making, with a focus on the ways that family members shape and are affected by end-of-life decisions and disputes. Carr is author or editor of five books and more than 80 articles and chapters. Her books include Spousal Bereavement in Later Life (Springer, 2006), Making up with Mom (Macmillan, 2008), and Encyclopedia of the Life Course and Human Development (Cengage, 2009). She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and Society of Behavioral Medicine, and is currently deputy editor of Journal of Marriage and Family, and Social Psychology Quarterly.