Faculty Biography

Debbie Merrill

Deborah Merrill, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair
Department of Sociology
Clark University
Worcester, MA 01610-1477

Office: Jefferson 405
Phone: (508) 793-7284
Email: dmerrill@clarku.edu

Ms. Merrill received a B.A. from Bowdoin College in 1984 and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University in 1988 and 1991, respectively. She was later a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research, also at Brown University. Ms. Merrill has been at Clark since 1992. She is also affiliated with the Women's and Gender Studies Program.

Current Research and Teaching

Ms. Merrill's primary interests and training in sociology lie within the fields of family, aging, medical sociology, and demography. She is currently studying same sex marriage and its implications for relationships between parents and adult children.

Ms. Merrill's articles appear in Social Forces, Research on Aging, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Aging and Health and Ethnic Groups. Her most recent book is When Your Children Marry: How Marriage Changes Relationships with Adult Children.

Book Publications

Mastering Menopause Mothers in Law and Daughters in Law When Children MarryCaring for Elderly Parents

2019, Mastering Menopause: Women's Vices on taking Charge of the Change. Praeger. Learn more...

2011, When Your Children Marry: How Marriage Changes Relationships with Adult Children. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield.

2007, Mothers-in-law and Daughters-in-law: Understanding the Relationsip and What Makes them Friends or Foe. Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers.

1997, Caring for Elderly Parents: Juggling Work, Family, and Caregiving in Middle and Working Class Families . Westport, CT: Auburn House.