Institute for Multigenerational Studies
Binghamton University's Institute for Multigenerational Studies (IMS) mission is 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 inter-professional applied research. As one of the most interdisciplinary research centers at the University, the Institute fosters rich collaboration across the 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.
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Laura Bronstein is the executive director of the Institute for Multigenerational Studies as well as 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. 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."