Photo of University Hall

View Profile Page

Faculty/Staff Login:

Ashley Ermer

Associate Professor, Family Science and Human Development

University Hall 4209
Download vCard


Office: University Hall 4209
Phone: 973-655-6842

B.A., Nebraska Wesleyan University
M.S., University of Missouri
Ph.D., University of Missouri

Dr. Ashley Ermer is an associate professor and the doctoral program director for the Family Science and Human Development PhD program. Dr. Ermer's research primarily focuses on examining how the social environment matters for older adults. She largely draws upon elements of life course theory (Elder & Rockwell, 1979), the socioemotional selectivity theory (Carstensen, 1992) and the social convoy model (Antonucci & Akiyama, 1987) to inform her work. Her research focuses on three main areas: 1) the interplay of older adults’ social relationships and well-being; 2) the role of marital status and marital histories among older adults; and 3) ageism and older adults in the community. Additionally, Dr. Ermer has also begun working on a project related to the history of human development and family science and how the field has evolved over time.


Family gerontology; the interplay between older adults’ wellbeing and social relationships; forgiveness in the context of relationships and wellbeing; marital status and marital histories among older adults; ageism; older adults in the community