Dr. Greenfield is an internationally recognized scholar and leader within the aging-in-community movement. Her community-engaged scholarship seeks to bolster community-based efforts toward more equitable opportunities for long and healthy lives. Her work has helped to advance understanding of innovative approaches to aging in community in the 21st century. Examples include age- and dementia-friendly community initiatives, supportive service programs for Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities, and Village organizations. Dr. Greenfield also conducts research on how social inequalities stemming from childhood influence later life cognition and well-being. 

Selected Publications

Greenfield, E. A, & Buffel, T. (2022). Age-friendly cities and communities: Research to strengthen policy and practice. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 34(2), 161-174. 

Greenfield, E. A., Pestine-Stevens, A., & Scher, C. (2022). The roles of age-friendly community initiatives within local responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Gerontologist. Advance online publication.

Reynolds, A.*, Greenfield, E. A., Moorman, S. M., & Reyes, L. (2022). Race, childhood socioeconomic status, and region of childhood residence as intersectional life course predictors of cognitive aging in the U.S. Innovation on Aging. Advance online publication.

Greenfield, E. A., Reynolds, A.*, & Moorman, S. M. (2022). Life course linkages between early-life enriching activities and later life cognition: Evidence from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study. Advance online publication.

Pestine-Stevens, A., & Greenfield, E. A. (2022). Giving, receiving, and doing together: Interorganizational interactions in age-friendly community initiatives. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 34(2), 218-236.