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Teresa M. Cooney, Ph.D.

Professor & Department Chair

Office Location: Lawrence Street Center 420D
Phone: (303) 315-2143
Fax: (303) 315-2149
Summer 2015 Office Hours
Contact via email for an appointment.​
Areas of Expertise

Family, Aging, Life Course

​Education & Degrees

Post doctoral Work, Demography, University of North Carolina

Ph.D., Human Development and Family Studies (Demography minor), The Pennsylvania State University, 1988

M.S., Human Development and Family Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 1985

B.S., Psychology, The University of North Dakota, 1981



I earned my PhD at The Pennsylvania State University and completed post-doctoral work at the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. I am a social gerontologist specializing in intergenerational relationships and other aspects of aging families. My research has addressed how changing family demographics (e.g., reduced fertility, divorce and remarriage) influence the later years of life, especially in terms of family relationships and support systems.  Much of my work is based on analysis of large-scale public datasets, but I also have collected primary data from young adults in divorcing families, and most recently from women providing end-of-life care to ex-husbands.  These studies examine how divorce alters family relationships and expectations, among other things.  My teaching includes courses on families, aging & society, and demography.


​Select Publications

Cooney, Teresa M., C. Proulx, L. Snyder, & J. Benson. Forthcoming 2014. "Role ambiguity among women providing care for ex-husbands." Journal of Women and Aging: 26(2).

Cooney, Teresa M., and Pearl A. Dystra. 2011. "Family obligations and support behaviour: a United States - Netherlands comparison." Ageing & Society: 1026-1050.

Courses Taught​

SOCY 3700 - Sociology of Family