Phyllis A. Cummins, PhD

Phyllis Cummins

Assistant Director of Research
Senior Research Scholar
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Sociology & Gerontology 

Phone: 513-529-2652
Office: Upham Hall, 380

LinkedIn Profile

Phyllis's duties as a Senior Research Scholar and Assistant Director of Research include grant writing and research activities for her own work along with supporting and working collaboratively with Scripps Gerontology Center staff and Gerontology faculty in finding new research opportunities, convening meetings to respond to appropriate funding opportunities, reviewing details of the request for bids, reviewing proposals, and coordinating the required documentation that supplements the research narrative and budget.


PhD, Social Gerontology, Miami University
MS, Gerontology, Florida Gulf Coast University
MBA, Finance, University of North Florida
BS, Human Performance, Florida Gulf Coast University
BS, Marketing and Real Estate, The Ohio State University

Research Interests

Work and retirement transitions, education and training for older workers, publicly sponsored employment and training programs, the role community colleges play in education and training for older adults, skill development over the life course, and economic security in retirement

Biographical Sketch

Phyllis's research foci are workforce issues for older workers, including examination of the benefits of ongoing training and workforce development and the role publicly sponsored training programs and community colleges play in facilitating work at older ages. Transitions between full-time employment and retirement have become increasingly complex and research to better understand these phenomena are of great interest to her. An important component of her research is gaining an understanding of the demographic characteristics of older workers, especially those who have experienced cumulative inequality over their life course and are at risk for economic insecurity in retirement. She is currently the lead investigator on two grants funded by the Institute of Education Sciences.  She has also been involved in several research projects funded by the Ohio Department of Aging and received funding from the National Center for Educational Statistics for a commissioned paper to examine what types and intensities of adult education and training relate to labor force participation, employment status, and income level at older ages.

Selected Publications

Cummins, P., Yamashita, T., & Arbogast, A. (2018). An examination of PIAAC data for unemployed adults aged 45 - 74. Commissioned paper for the Americans Institutes of Research.

Applebaum, R., & Cummins, P. (Summer 2017). From rock-n-roll to rock-n-chair: Are the boomers financially ready for retirement? Generations, 41(2), 88-94. 

Cummins, P. (2015). Review essay of Financial capability and asset holding in later life: A life course perspective. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 35(8), 912-915.  

Cummins, P., Taylor, P., & Kunkel, S. (2015). Global population aging and labor force implications: Working longer, learning longer. Public Policy & Aging Report, 25(4), 120-124. doi:10.1093/ppar/prv025.

Monteiro, I., Taylor, P., Iguti, A., & Cummins, P. (2015). Challenges for the workforce development of older workers in Brazil. Public Policy & Aging Report, 25(4), 136-138. doi:10.1093/ppar/prv019.

Cummins, P., Harootyan, R., & Kunkel, S. (2015). Workforce development in the United States: Facilitating opportunities to work at older ages. Public Policy & Aging Report25(4), 150-154. doi:10.1093/ppar/prv023.

Cummins, P., & Kunkel, S. (2015). A global examination of policies and practices for lifelong learning. New Horizons in Adult Education & Human Resource Management, 27(3), 3-17. doi:10.1002/nha3.20107.

Cummins, P., Applebaum, R., McGrew, K., & Nelson, I. M. (2015). Evaluation of the Butler County Elderly Services Program. Oxford, OH: Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University.

Cummins, P. (2015). The role of community colleges in career transitions for older workers. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 39(3), 265-279. doi:10.1080/10668926.2013.843144.

Cummins, P., Kunkel, S., & Walker, R. (2014). Adult education and training programs for older adults in the U.S.: National results and cross-national comparisons using PIAAC data. Oxford, OH: Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University.

Cummins, P. (2014). Effective strategies for educating older workers at community colleges. Educational Gerontology, 40(5), 338-352. doi:10.1080/03601277.2013.802193.

Cummins, P., & Straker, J. (2014). Ohio’s nursing homes and residential care facilities in the economic downturn: How have they adjusted? Oxford, OH: Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University.

Cummins, P., Kunkel, S., & Boehle, S. (2014). Older adults and transportation resources in Appalachian Ohio: Enhancing or impairing opportunities for job training and employment? Oxford, OH: Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University.

Cummins, P., Brown, J., & Sauer, P. (2014). Work and retirement. In Kunkel, Brown, Wittington (Eds.), Global aging: Comparative perspectives on aging and the life course, pp.193 – 213.  New York: Springer.

Cummins, P., Kunkel, S., & Boehle, S. (2013). Leveraging resources between the Senior Community Service Employment Program and the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. Oxford, OH: Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University.