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Dr. Adam Shapiro

Dr. Adam Shapiro


Dr. Adam Shapiro

Dr. Shapiro joined the faculty of CSUSM in August 2016 and is currently Professor of Sociology and Special Advisor to the CSU Institute for Palliative Care. Dr. Shapiro’s scholarship and teaching center on how families and communities care for people in later life in ways that enhance their quality of life and independence. He has taught and published extensively and has been awarded several grants from foundations, and local, state, and federal organizations. He has also consulted and lectured on constructing creative solutions to issues associated with the population aging. Prior to his faculty appointment, Dr. Shapiro was Founding Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences at CSUSM from 2011-2016. Prior to coming to CSUSM, Dr. Shapiro was Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of North Florida.

Dr. Shapiro holds a B.A. from the University of Florida with Honors and election to Phi Beta Kappa, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.



Dr. Shapiro’s program of externally funded and published research addresses a number of interrelated questions that center on understanding the interplay between changing families and aging experiences. In pursuit of this line of inquiry, he has taken several distinct avenues in his research. One avenue is centered on how family formation, marital and union dissolution, and family processes influence intergenerational relations and well-being in middle to later life. His research examines how marriage and marital transitions influence multiple family members across generations, how they are modified and shaped by cumulative marital trajectories across time, and how they have differential consequences for individual health and well-being relative to one’s stage in the life course.

A second major avenue of Dr. Shapiro’s research program is centered on developing strategies and policies that enhance the well-being of older adults and the family members who help care for them. Dr. Shapiro has worked with a variety of local, state, and federal partners to study and promote programs that maximize older persons’ ability to remain independent, avoid or delay nursing home entrance, and enhance their quality of life.

Dr. Shapiro’s current project examines familial factors that influence and promote end-of-life planning activities among seniors.


Dr. Shapiro currently offers the following courses:
  • SOC 303, Families and Intimate Relations
  • SOC 309, Aging and Society
  • SOC 314, Health and Society
  • SOC 427, Social Gerontology


The Curriculum Vitae of Adam Shapiro, Ph.D. may be found at the following link:

Curriculum Vitae


Loh, Chung-Ping & Adam Shapiro (2013). “Willingness to Pay for Home- and Community-Based Services to Seniors in Florida.” Home Health Care Services Quarterly32, 17-34.

Shapiro, Adam. (2012). “Rethinking Marital Status: Partnership History and Intergenerational Relationships in American Families.” Advances in Life Course Research17, 168-76.

Shapiro, Adam, Chung-Ping Loh & Glenn Mitchell. (2011). “Medicaid Cost-Savings of Home and Community-Based Service Programs for Older Persons in Florida”. Journal of Applied Gerontology30, 3-21.

Shapiro, Adam & R. Corey Remle (2010). “Generational Jeopardy? Parents' Marital Transitions and the Provision of Financial Transfers to Adult Children.” Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences66B, 99-108.

Shapiro, Adam (2010). “The state of family gerontology: New insights and directions.” The Gerontologist50, 714-16.

Shapiro, Adam and Corey Lee M. Keyes. (2008). “Marriage and Social Well-Being: Are the Married Always Better Off?” Social Indicators Research88, 329-346.

Shapiro, Adam and Raijah Yarborough-Hayes*. (2008). “Retirement and Older Men’s Health.” Generations: Journal of the American Society on Aging32, 49-53.

Schmitt, Marina, Matthias Kliegal, & Adam Shapiro. (2007). “Marital interaction in middle and old age: A predictor of marital satisfaction?” International Journal of Aging and Human Development65, 283-300.

Shapiro, Adam and Teresa M. Cooney. (2007). “Divorce and Parent-Child Relations Across the Life Course.” Pp. 191-219 in J. Jill Suitor and Timothy Owens (Eds.), Advances in the Life Course, Volume 12: Interpersonal Relations across the Life Course. Elsevier.

Hansen, Thomas, Torbjørn Moum, & Adam Shapiro. (2007). “Relational and individual well-being among cohabitors and married individuals in midlife: Recent trends from Norway.” Journal of Family Issues28, 910-933.

Shapiro, Adam. (2005). “The Generation Gap.” In Neil Salkin (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Shapiro, Adam. (2004). “Revisiting the ‘Generation Gap’: Exploring Solidarity Among Parent- Adult Child Dyads.” International Journal of Aging and Human Development58, 127-146.

Keyes, Corey Lee M. and Adam Shapiro. (2004). "Social Well-Being in the United States: A Descriptive Epidemiology." Pp. 350-372 in Orville Gilbert Brim, Carol D. Ryff & Ronald C. Kessler (Eds.), How Healthy Are We?: A National Study of Well-Being at Midlife. University of Chicago Press.

Shapiro, Adam. (2003). "Later Life Divorce and Parent-Adult Child Contact and Proximity." Journal of Family Issues24, 264-285.

Shapiro, Adam. (2002). “A Service-Learning Approach to Teaching Gerontology: A Case Study of a First-Year Undergraduate Seminar.” Gerontology & Geriatrics Education23, 25-36.

Shapiro, Adam and Miles Taylor *. (2002) “Effects of a Community-Based Early Intervention Program on the Subjective Well-Being, Institutionalization, and Mortality of Low- Income Elders.” The Gerontologist, 42, 334-341.

Shapiro, Adam. (2001). Review of “Family Experiences with Mental Illness”, by Richard Tessler & Gail Gamache. Journal of Marriage and the Family63, 902-903.

Shapiro, Adam and James David Lambert. (1999). “Longitudinal Effects of Divorce on the Quality of the Father-Child Relationship and on Fathers’ Psychological Well-Being." Journal of Marriage and the Family61, 397-408.

Umberson, Debra, Kristin Anderson, Jennifer Glick, and Adam Shapiro. (1998). “Domestic Violence, Personal Control, and Gender.” Journal of Marriage and the Family60, 442-52.

Albrecht, Stan L., Raymond Coward, and Adam Shapiro. (1997). “The Effects of Potential Changes in Co-Residence on Matched Older Parent-Adult Child Dyads.” Journal of Aging Studies11: 81-96.

Coward, Raymond, Stan Albrecht, and Adam Shapiro. (1996). “The Perceptions of Elderly Parents about the Possibility of Discontinuing their Coresidence with an Adult Child.” Research on Aging18, 325-348.

Shapiro, Adam. (1996). “Explaining psychological distress in a sample of remarried and divorced persons: The influence of economic distress. Journal of Family Issues17,186- 203.

Shapiro, Adam. (1992). “Stepfathers and psychological well-being in the U.S.: A critical review and research agenda.” Florida Journal of Anthropology12, 47-54.

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