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Candace Kemp

Associate Professor    Graduate Director    

Ph.D., McMaster University
M.A., McMaster University
B.A., Brock University



Dr. Kemp is a sociologist who first joined the Gerontology Institute in 2005 as a visiting professor after completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Western Ontario. Currently, she holds a joint appointment in the Gerontology Institute and the Department of Sociology. Dr. Kemp is the Gerontology Institute’s Graduate Director. She formerly served as the Institute’s Undergraduate Director and supervised the Internship program. She received her Ph.D. from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.


Much of Dr. Kemp’s research focuses on topics related to family and the life course. Her work examines, for example: intergenerational relationships; inheritance; later life couples; work-life balance; formal and informal care; ethnicity and aging; and gender, sexuality and aging. Most of her ongoing research is set in assisted living communities including two five-year studies funded by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes for Health. The first study, “Convoys of Care: Developing Collaborative Care Partnerships in Assisted Living” (R01AG044368) began in 2013. Dr. Kemp is the project’s principal investigator. She serves as a co-investigator on the second study begun in 2015, “End of Life in Assisted Living: Links between Structure, Process, and Outcomes” (R01AG047408). Dr. Molly M. Perkins from Emory University’s School of Medicine is the principal investigator.

Dr. Kemp also was a co-investigator on two concluded studies funded by the National Institute on Aging, “Negotiating Resident Relationships in Assisted Living: The Experience of Residents” (P.I. Mary M. Ball) and “Negotiating Sex and Intimacy in Assisted Living” (P.I. Elisabeth Burgess). Her most recent publications appear in The Journals of Gerontology, The Gerontologist, Journal of Applied Gerontology, Journal of Family Issues, European Journal of Ageing, and the Journal of Aging Studies. Along with Malcolm P. Cutchin and Victor W. Marshall, Dr. Kemp is co-editor of the 4-volume set, “Researching Social Gerontology”, published by Sage, UK in 2013. With former GSU colleagues Mary M. Ball, Molly M. Perkins and Carol Hollingsworth, she also is editor of “Frontline Workers in Assisted Living” published in 2010 by the Johns Hopkins University Press.


Seminar in Gerontology, Diversity and Aging, Family, Intimacy, and Aging, Qualitative Gerontology, Aging and Society, Families and Society, and Aging in a Global Context.



Select Peer Reviewed Publications:

Kemp, C. L., Ball, M. M., & Perkins, M. M. (2015). Couples’ social careers in assisted living: Reconciling individual and shared situations. The Gerontologist.  Published online. doi:10.1093/geront/gnv025

Ball, M. M., Kemp, C. L., Hollingsworth, C., & Perkins, M. M. (2014). “This is our last stop”: Negotiating end of life transitions in assisted living. Journal of Aging Studies, 30: 1-13.

deWitt, L.A., Campbell, L. D., Ploeg, J., Kemp, C. L., & Rosenthal, C. J. (2013). “You’re saying something by giving things to them:” Communication and family inheritance. European Journal of Ageing, 10:181-189. doi: 10.1007/s10433-013-0262-z

Kemp, C. L., Ball, M. M., & Perkins, M. M. (2013). Convoys of care: Theorizing intersections of formal and informal care. Journal of Aging Studies, 27: 15-29. doi: 10.1016/j.jaging2012.10.002 NIHMS:415156NIHMS:415156

Perkins, M. M., Ball, M. M., Kemp, C. L., & Hollingsworth, C. (in press). Social relations and residents’ health in assisted living: An application of the Convoy Model. The Gerontologist. doi: 10.1093/geront/gns124

Kemp, C. L., Ball, M. M., Hollingsworth, C., & Perkins, M. M. (2012). Strangers and friends: Residents’ social careers in assisted living. The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 67(4): 491-502. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbs043

Sharma, K. & Kemp, C. L. (2012). “One should follow the wind”: Individualized filial piety and support exchanges in Indian immigrant families in the United States. Journal of Aging Studies, 26 (2): 129-139. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2011.10.003

Kemp, C. L. (2012). Married couples in assisted living: Adult children’s experiences providing support. Journal of Family Issues, 33(5): 639-661. doi: 10.1177/0192513X11416447

Kemp, C. L., Luo, S., & Ball, M. M. (2012). “Meds are a real tricky area”: Examining medication management and regulation in assisted living. Journal of Applied Gerontology 31: 126-149. doi:10.1177/0733464810381986

Kemp, C. L., Ball, M. M., Perkins, M. M., Hollingsworth, C. & Lepore, M. J. (2009). “I get along with most of them”: Direct care workers’ relationships with residents’ families in assisted living. The Gerontologist, 49 (2): 224-235. doi:10.1093/geront/gnp025

Kemp, C. L. (2008). Negotiating transitions in later life: Married couples in assisted living. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 27 (3): 231-251. doi:10.1177/0733464807311656

Connidis, I. A., & Kemp, C. L. (2008). Negotiating actual and anticipated parental support: Multiple sibling voices in three-generation families. Journal of Aging Studies, 22: 229-238. doi:10.1016/j.jaging.2007.06.002

Kemp, C. L. (2007). Grandparent-grandchild ties: Reflections on continuity and change across three generations. Journal of Family Issues 23, 855-881. doi:10.1177/0192513X07299599

Candace Kemp Curriculum Vitae