Mary Ann Erickson

Professor, Health Sciences and Public Health
Phone: 607-274-3705
Office: Smiddy 330


  • Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies, Cornell University (1998)
  • M.A. in Human Development and Family Studies, Cornell University (1994)
  • B.A. in Mathematics and Music History/Theory, University of Rochester (1985)

Aging Studies is a fascinating field of study that connects to so many other fields of study, most occupations, and everyone's personal life.  My research and teaching come out of a life course perspective, which focuses attention on the connections across time and across lives.  I came to specialize in gerontology after working in a variety of other disciplines, and I enjoy the fact that the field is so broad.  Most of my past research has looked at housing choices - both how older adults make housing choices as well as how those choices impact social integration.  Other research looks at student learning and at creativity, where I get to combine my own personal interest in music with my academic work in gerontology.

To learn more about me as a teacher, click on the links for my courses, where you'll find short explanations as well as links to course syllabi.  

The intellectual biography posted to the right was an assignment to my students in Gerontology Senior Seminar that I decided to do myself.