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The main emphasis of Dr. Ermer's research focuses on examining how the social environment matters for older adults. She largely draws upon elements of life course theory (Elder & Rockwell, 1979), the socioemotional selectivity theory (Carstensen, 1992) and the social convoy model (Antonucci & Akiyama, 1987) to inform my work. Her research focuses on two main areas: 1) the interplay of older adults’ social relationships and well-being and 2) forgiveness in the context of health and social relationships.

Scholarly Interests

Family gerontology; the interplay between older adults’ wellbeing and social relationships; forgiveness in the context of relationships and wellbeing.


FSHD 201: Social Gerontology: The Study of Aging
FSHD 304: Research Methods for Studying Families and Human Development
FSHD 340: Aging and Social Policy
FSHD 348: Individual and Family Development Over the Life Course
FSHD 360: Families in Later Life

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Expert on older adults’ social relationships and well-being, and forgiveness.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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