College of Community and Public Affairs

Institute for Multigenerational Studies

Promoting justice and well-being

The college’s faculty lead the organized research center the Institute for Multigenerational Studies (IMS), which aims to develop cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research to support justice and well-being for people across the life span.  IMS works for social equity, promotes multicultural and intergenerational perspectives, and recognizes the strengths and value of diversity.

IMS was founded in 2009 at Binghamton University’s College of Community and Public Affairs, and guides schools, health and social service programs through interprofessional applied research. As one of the most interdisciplinary research centers at the University, the institute fosters rich collaboration across University and community organizations. Our research associates span professions and disciplines including counseling, education, engineering, human development, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology and social work. 

The institute is composed of two organized research centers: the Center on Aging and the Center for Family, School and Community Partnerships.

IMS focuses on program development, education and training for a range of professionals so they acquire the knowledge and skills to develop and integrate innovative models into their practice and the education of students. It also supports University-community partnerships and public policy campaigns to advocate for families, children, youths, older persons and caregivers.

IMS aims to develop a conceptual framework to guide the future of multigenerational studies and bridge the gap between networks of knowledge and support.  The Institute advances the knowledge base through collaborative research, education and practice.

Center on Aging

Through interdisciplinary research, education and practice, the Center on Aging develops, implements and evaluates new methods and models to enhance the quality of life of older adults and their caregivers – positioning itself as a pioneer in interdisciplinary research and practice.

The center relies on the rich collaboration of researchers, students and educators from Binghamton University and SUNY Upstate Medical University, along with practitioners from other universities, agencies and communities.

Center for Family, School and Community Partnerships

The Center for Family, School and Community Partnerships aims to support and sustain educational opportunities and quality of life for children, families and communities.  It works with local school systems, community members and agencies to implement research and service-learning opportunities where University students learn and advance the knowledge base through applied research.

In addition to providing needed services, these programs educate professionals and University students in interdisciplinary best practices and support an  international research agenda to broaden community partnerships.

Partners include:

  • Binghamton City Schools
  • Broome County Department of Mental Health
  • Broome County Office for Aging
  • Broome Tioga BOCES
  • ChangingAging
  • Chenango Valley Central Schools
  • Colgate University
  • Ithaca College
  • Elmira Central School District
  • Johnson City School District
  • Syracuse University
  • UHS
  • Union-Endicott School District
  • Upstate Medical University
  • Whitney Point Central School District
  • Windsor Schools

Location and contact

Institute for Multigenerational Studies
Binghamton University
College of Community and Public Affairs
67 Washington Street
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000

Last Updated: 4/3/17