Institute for Intergenerational Studies

Institute for Intergenerational Studies In 2009, Binghamton University founded the Institute for Intergenerational Studies (IFIS) to develop and implement cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research that guides human service programs and practices that impact and serve people across their life span.

Composed of two organized research centers — the Southern Tier Center on Aging and the Center for Family, School and Community Partnerships — the Institute focuses on program development, education and training, research and technical support that help a broad range of professionals acquire the knowledge and skills to integrate intergenerational components into their work. It also supports University-community collaboration and public policy initiatives that result in effective intergenerational partnerships that make a positive impact on children, youths, older persons, and their families.

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Affiliated programs:
Center for Trauma and Disaster Mental Health
Director: Brian Flynn, Department of Social Work
Associate Director: Sandy Witt, Family & Children's Services

Community Generativity Institute
Director: Myra Sabir, Department of Human Development

Laura Bronstein

Laura Bronstein,

serves as director of the Institute for Intergenerational Studies as well as interim dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs, and professor in the college's Department of Social Work. Bronstein's research revolves around interdisciplinary and interorganizational collaboration across the lifespan, with a focus on children, families and schools, older adults and caregivers to the elderly. She is committed to interdisciplinary applied research that makes a difference in policies, programs and service delivery, and in the quality of people's lives.

"Our research will be the basis for innovative educational opportunities that cut across professional boundaries and result in direct, positive changes in public policy, programs and practices that relate to children, families, schools, older adults, caregivers and human service agencies."

Laura Bronstein, ACSW, LCSWR, PhD Director, Institute for Intergenerational Studies

Last Updated: 11/20/14