Jenai Grigg

PhD

Professor / Coordinator of General Education
Education

BA, Sociology, Rosemont College
BA, Psychology, Rosemont College
MA, Gerontology, University of Massachusetts Boston
PhD, Gerontology, University of Massachusetts Boston

Courses Taught

Introductory Sociology
Social Problems
Social Theory
Race, Class, and Gender
Aging in America
Sociology of the City
Human Sexuality
Globalization
Civic Engagement
Interdisciplinary Core Seminar

Teaching Focus/Philosophy

My goals as a teacher include fostering creative and critical thinking and instilling a desire to be responsibly engaged in the world. American Sociologist Raphael Ezekiel wrote, "Critical thinkers represent the exception among humans, not the norm." He goes on to suggest that common-sense thinkers, lacking the need for evidence demanded by critical thinkers, readily accept whatever society suggests. In order to escape the fate of the common-sense thinkers, students need to think for themselves and be practiced at ascertaining the relevance and credibility of the information at their disposal.

Recent Presentations/Publications

Recent Publications

McDonald, S.A., Dasch-Yee, K.B., & Grigg, J. (2019). Relationship outcomes following involuntary pregnancy loss: The role of perceived incongruent grief. Illness, Crisis, & Loss. November 4, 2019. doi: 10.1177/1054137319885254

Dickerson, A.E., Molnar, L.J., Bedard, M., Eby. D.W., Berg-Weger, M., Choi, M., Grigg, J., Horowitz, A., Meuser, T., Myers, A., O’Connor, M., & Silverstein, N.M. (2017). Transportation and Aging: An Updated Research Agenda to Advance Safe Mobility among Older Adults Transitioning from Driving to Non-driving. Gerontologist. March, 2019. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnx120

Recent Presentations

Donahue, M., Dasch-Yee, K.B., Grigg, J., & McDonald, S.A. (2019, April). Rituals for coping with pregnancy loss grief. Poster presented at Holy Family University’s Scholar’s Showcase, Philadelphia, PA.

Joseph, F., Dasch-Yee, K.B., Grigg, J., & McDonald, S.A. (2019, April). Does religion help ease life after pregnancy loss? Poster presented at Holy Family University’s Scholar’s Showcase, Philadelphia, PA.

McDonald, S.A., Dasch-Yee, K.B., & Grigg, J. (2019, March). Grief and coping following pregnancy loss. Poster presented at the 8th World Congress of the International Association for Women’s Mental Health (IAWMH), Paris, France.

Grigg, J., Dasch-Yee, K.B., & McDonald, S.A. (2019, March). Mom blogs: A qualitative analysis of pregnancy loss blog content. Presentation given at the 8th World Congress of the International Association for Women’s Mental Health (IAWMH), Paris, France.

Dasch-Yee, K.B., Grigg, J., & McDonald, S.A. (2018, November). The impact of pregnancy loss on the family. Presentation given at the Holy Family University Family Center Workshops, Philadelphia, PA.

McDonald, S.A., Dasch-Yee, K.B., Grigg, J., & Thomas, T. (2018, October). Perceptions of grief and coping following pregnancy loss. Presentation given at the Involuntary Pregnancy Loss Conference, Bensalem, PA.

McDonald, S.A., Dasch-Yee, K.B., & Grigg, J. (2018, March). Perceived incongruent grief following involuntary pregnancy loss. Presentation given at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Dasch-Yee, K.B., Grigg, J., & McDonald, S.A. (2018, March). Perceived coping congruence following involuntary pregnancy loss. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Grigg, J., MacKenzie, G., & Robbins, S. (2017, September). Creating a General Education Capstone: Assessing Institutional Outcomes through General Education. Presentation at the 2017 Annual Conference on Teaching and Learning Assessment, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.

Grigg, J., MacKenzie, G., & Robbins, S. (2018, February). GNED 400: Designing and Implementing a General Education Capstone to Assess Student Learning and Institutional Outcomes. Presentation given at the AAC&U 2018 General Education and Assessment Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Grigg, J., & McDonald, S.A. (2017, April). The social impact of depression: How meditation can help. Invited presentation given at the Mental Health Program, Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA.

Grigg, J. (2017, March). A general education about General Education. Presentation at the Spring Faculty Development Day, Holy Family University, Philadelphia, PA.

Grigg, J. (2017, February). The Importance of Creating a Living Will: Five Wishes. Presentation given at the Delaire Landing Senior Club, Philadelphia, PA.

Additional Info

I am committed to expanding my students’ world view by leading 10-day study abroad tours. To date, I have traveled with students to Greece, Italy, France, England, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Ecuador, China, Spain, Morocco, and Japan. I will be traveling with students to Peru in May 2020. Additionally, I serve as an advisor for our Habitat for Humanity Alternative Spring Break trips.

Relevant Links

I am a member of the Involuntary Pregnancy Loss Collaborative. The IPL Collaborative’s research agenda seeks to examine the effect of involuntary pregnancy loss on women and their partners. In January 2018, the IPL Collaborative received the Ray L. Taylor Memorial Award to help fund this research.

I am currently serving as the Coordinator for the General Education Program at Holy Family University. Within this capacity, I am interested in effective assessment strategies for General Education and Institutional Outcomes.

As a gerontologist, my previous research has focused on mature drivers and the public policies surrounding highway safety.

Relevant Links

The Reproductive Trauma & Loss Conference
IPL Collaborative Blog

Jenai Grigg
Contact
Office: HFH 309
Phone: 267-341-3443