In 2009, Binghamton University founded the Institute for Intergenerational Studies (IFIS) to develop and implement cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research that guides human service programs and practices that impact and serve people across their life span.
Composed of two organized research centers — the Southern Tier Center on Aging and the Center for Family, School and Community Partnerships — the Institute focuses on program development, education and training, research and technical support that help a broad range of professionals acquire the knowledge and skills to integrate intergenerational components into their work. It also supports University-community collaboration and public policy initiatives that result in effective intergenerational partnerships that make a positive impact on children, youths, older persons, and their families.
The IFIS is composed of two organized research centers:
Center for Trauma and Disaster Mental Health
Director: Brian Flynn, Department of Social Work
Associate Director: Sandy Witt, Family & Children's Services
Community Gnerativity Institute
Director: Myra Sabir, Department of Human Development