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Megan Gilligan, PhD
Megan Gilligan is an assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and a faculty associate of the Gerontology program at Iowa State University. Dr. Gilligan’s research focuses on the association between family relationships and well-being, with particular interest in parent-child and sibling relationships in the middle and later years.
What do you remember about your time in the Center on Aging and the Life Course?
The Center on Aging and the Life Course provided me with an amazing support network. I am grateful for the lifelong relationships that I was able to develop during my time in CALC. I worked closely with several faculty and graduate students - many of whom I maintain both professional and personal connections. I am always happy to reconnect with these colleagues at GSA.
In what ways does your Purdue education help you in your career?
Receiving a dual-title in Sociology and Gerontology has greatly benefited my work at Iowa State. Because I am faculty member in an interdisciplinary department, I interact with students and faculty from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. I feel comfortable with these interactions because of my interdisciplinary training at Purdue. Further, I have been able to capitalize on this interdisciplinary training in my current research collaborations and have started pursuing projects with interpersonal, economic and genetic components. At the same, my training helped me to carve out my distinct area of expertise- later-life family relationships.