Cathy Greenblat was born in New York. A sociologist with a B.A. from Vassar College and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, she is currently Professor Emerita of Sociology at Rutgers University, a Visiting Researcher at the International Observatory of End of Life Care (IOELC), University of Lancaster, UK, , and an Artist in Residence at the Hospital Network of Nice, France (CHU de Nice).
Professor Greenblat is the author of 14 books and more than 100 published journal articles. She has lectured and run workshops in the United States, South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, Africa, Israel, the Philippines, China, Japan, and India. She has been a visiting professor or visiting scholar at Princeton University, the University of New Hampshire, the University of Chicago, the Université Francois Rabelais in Tours, France, the University of Valencia, Spain, and the Université Jean Monnet in St. Etienne, France. Dr. Greenblat’s initial photographic work evolved from her research, her travels, and her desire to illustrate some of her sociological writing. She regularly taught an advanced seminar at Rutgers in Visual Sociology.
In 2002, Professor Greenblat made photography a central element of her professional and personal work, choosing to retire early from Rutgers to pursue her photographic interests and projects. She has been working on a multi-faceted, cross-cultural visual sociology project on care for the dependent elderly since 2001, focusing primarily on Alzheimer's disease care. In 2006 she started work on a project on end of life care.
She currently lives in Nice, France most of the year.
2002 FNAC Competition Talent 2002 “Mention speciale” (honorable mention)
2004 First prize, Amateur category and Honorable Mention, Amateur category,
“Decisive Moments: A Tribute to Henri Cartier-Bresson”, Women in
2005 Honorable mention, Documentary Photography section of “Beauty”
competition, Women in Photography International (WIPI)
2006 Two first-prize winning photos in selection of 100 Black and White Prints
for WIPI “Turning Silver” competition; one honorable mention
2006 Top 25 and Honorable Mention prizes in WIPI competition “Portraits”
2007 John P. McGovern Lectureship in Family, Health and Human Values
Awardee for 2007, University of Houston College of Liberal Arts and
2010 Delivered the 2010 Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Annual Lecture
at the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC
BOOKS AND MONOGRAPHS
2004 ALIVE WITH ALZHEIMERS. Chicago and London: University of Chicago
Press. 120 pp, 85 photographs
2006 ALZHEIMER UND LEBENSQUALITÄT,
Hamburg: EB-Verlag. 121 pp, 87 photographs
2009 C. Filleau, C. Greenblat, V. Lafont, P. Robert, EMPREINTES: KIT THERAPIE PAR
EVOCATION DU PASSE OU THERAPIE PAR REMINISCENCE. CMRR CHU
2012 LOVE, LOSS, AND LAUGHTER: SEEING ALZHEIMER'S DIFFERENTLY. Globe Pequot
2003 “Faith among the forgotten", CONTEXTS [A publication of the
American Sociological Association] 2,1 February 2003, pp. 50-57.
Text by Cathy Greenblat and Maria Islas, photographs by Cathy
2006 “Image d’une réussite: l’experience du Japon”, GERONTOLOGIE,
15 janvier. Article and 12 photographs, plus cover photograph, on
long term care for the elderly in Japan.
2009 “Self-management of patients [with Alzheimer’s disease] — Another perspective”, with
Francoise Guillo-Ben Arous and K. Jacob Roy. Chapter in Sabine Baehrer-Kohler, (ed) SELF-MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC DISEASE: ALZHEIMERS.
Heidelberg: Springer Verlag. (includes 9 of my photographs plus text)
OTHER PHOTOGRAPHY PUBLICATIONS
Cover photographs, Rosalie Hudson (ed.) DEMENTIA NURSING:
A GUIDE TO PRACTICE. Melbourne, Australia: AUSMED Publications;
Carol Bowlby Sifton, NAVIGATING THE ALZHEIMER'S JOURNEY: A
COMPASS FOR CAREGIVING. Baltimore: Health Professions Press.
Cover photograph, ASSISTED LIVING TODAY, November-December.
Also all photographs for the cover story “Alzheimer’s Best Bet”
All photographs in Alzheimer's Disease International's 2009 WORLD ALZHEIMER
REPORT (88 pp) and WORLD ALZHEIMER REPORT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (20pp)
Four photographs on tattooing accompany an article (by other authors)
in CONTEXTS, Jan-Feb 2007
Cover photo and 36 interior photographs from my continuing Alzheimer's work illustrate the
Programme Prospectus for the Bradford Dementia Group, University of
Three photographs in Dan Kuhn and Jane Verity, THE ART OF DEMENTIA CARE,
Delmar Johnson Publishers, 2007.
Photographs from Alive with Alzheimer’s have appeared in articles in several
publications, including USA Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education,
CNS- Long Term Care, Assisted LivingToday, Vanguard (the magazine of
the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America), Confluences (journal
of the Institut Wallon pour la Santé Mentale, Belgium), Educating for
Dignity (a training workbook produced by the Dignity and Older
Europeans Research Programme, Cardiff, Wales) and INTRODUCTION
TO QUALITATIVE RESEARCH (Warren and Karner, Roxbury Press,
For details, see www.alivewithalzheimers.com
PHOTOGRAPHY PAPERS PRESENTED AT SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS AND OTHER SITES
2003 “Facing Alzheimer’s: A Study in Visual Sociology” Paper presented at
the meetings of the International Visual Sociology Association,
Southhampton, England, July.
2003 “Visual images and critical illness (as viewed by my eye and my I)”, Paper
presented at the meetings of the International Visual Sociology
Association, Dublin, Ireland, August.
2004 “Images of Alzheimer’s: Problems, Power, Potential” Tutzing, Germany,
October 4, conference on Alzheimer’s disease.
2006 “Photography and the Destigmatization of Dementia”,
McGovern Center for Health, Humanities, and the Human Spirit at the
University of Texas Health Science Center in Housto, November 13
2006 “Photography and the Destigmatization of Dementia [revised version]”,
Bradford Dementia Group, Bradford, England, Dec 6.
2007 “Holding On, Letting Go, Remembering: Reflections on Disease, Dying
and Photography“, John P. McGovern Annual Award Lecture in Family,
Health, and Human Values, University of Houston, March 6 (Lecture held
in the auditorium of the Museum of Fine Arts - Houston)
2007 "Photography, Illness, and End of Life Care", Institute for Health
Research, International Observatory on End of Life Care, Lancaster
University, UK, Sept. 20.
2008 "Small Things with Great Love": Palliative Care in Four Countries",
Grand Rounds Presentation, Palliative Care Service, MD Anderson
Hospital, Houston, Texas, March 19.
2008 “Photography, Illness and Dying Considered”, University of Texas Medical
School, John P. McGovern Institute for Health, Humanities, and the Human Spirit.
2009 “Improving Palliative Care Awareness and Training with Visual Materials”, with
David Clark, European Association of Palliative Care Conference, Vienna, Austria
2009 “Re-visioning the End of Life”, Rutgers University, NJ, USA
2009 "Seeing Dementia Differently" “ University of Newcastle, GB
2009 "What's Wrong with This Picture? Destigmatizing Dementia" Old Age Psychiatrists’
25th Annual Conference, Cumbria, GB; Hawker Care Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland
2009 "Seeing Dementia Differently: The Indian Case", Presentation to various groups in
Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore in conjunction with traveling exhibit of my photographs,
sponsored by the Alzheimer's and Related Diseases Society of India
2010 "Seeing Alzheimer's Differently: Changing Images, Changing VIsions, Changing
Practices", 2010 RIchard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Annual Lecture, Institute
of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC
2010 "Changer l'image du vieilissement en institution", Geneva, Switzerland
2010 "Photography in End of Life Care Settings: International Experiences and Issues",
University of Glasgow, Dumfries Campus, Scotland
•TALES OF THE ASILO: ISOLATION AND CONNECTION IN A MEXICAN OLD
AGE HOME. Photo-essay, 135 pages with 86 photographs.
• ...COMFORT ALWAYS...: A VISUAL ESSAY ON END OF LIFE CARE. In preparation with David Clark
Reviews of ALIVE WITH ALZHEIMER’S can be found in the following places:
August 2004, Lancet, “Reclaiming Dignity from Despair in Alzheimer’s
Disease”. Review by Martha B. Holstein; Winter 2004, London Centre for
Dementia Care News, Volume 4, issue 2, “Alive with Alzheimer’s”. Review by
Margot Lindsay; March 2005, Ageing and Society, “Cathy Stein Greenblat,
Alive with Alzheimer’s”. Review by Faith Gibson; April 2006, Medical
Humanities Review, “Alive ‘without’ Alzheimer’s disease: Book Review of
Cathy Stein Greenblat’s Alive with Alzheimers”. Review by Danny George and
Peter Whitehouse; June 2006 , Journal of Medical Humanities, "Beyond the
Stigma of Alzheimer’s”, Review by Anne Basting
MEMBERSHIPS AND LISTINGS
• IVSA – International Visual Sociology Assn: Executive Board 2005- 2008,
• IPA – International Psychogeriatric Association
• SoPhot.com a site for documentary photographers
• WIPI – Women in Photography International. Amateur member to 2005;
professional member since 2005.
MAIN web site: www.LoveLossAndLaughter.com
www.alivewithalzheimers.com and www.cathygreenblat.com for details
and sample photographs
From 2002-1012 I lived in Nice France. Since Oct 2012 I live in Palm Springs, CA
US cell phone number 1-917-653-6503
SKYPE name: cathygreenblat