Professor Morrow-Howell has been on the faculty at the Brown School since 1987 and was named the Ralph and Muriel Pumphrey Professor of Social Work in 2003. Dr. Morrow-Howell is a national leader in gerontology, widely known for her work on productive and civic engagement of older adults. She is editor of the book Productive Aging, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. She is a member of the Gerontological Society of America's Expert Workgroup on Civic Engagement in an Older America. With support from the Metlife Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Longer Life Foundation, and the National Institute on Aging, she explores strategies to maximize the engagement of older adults in productive roles.
Her research has contributed to understanding about the outcomes for individual, families, and society associated with expanding work, volunteering, civic service, and care giving by older adults. She also studies mental health services to older adults, with support of the National Institute of Mental Health.
At the Brown School, she teaches gerontology courses as well as research methods. She has held many leadership positions, including directing the Master’s level gerontology curriculum and chairing the PhD program. Dr. Morrow-Howell is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), chair of the Social Research, Policy, and Program (SRPP) section of the GSA, past-Vice President of the Association for Gerontological Education in Social Work (AGE-SW), and actively involved with the John A. Hartford Geriatric Social Work Initiative. She has served as editor of the Practice Concepts section of The Gerontologist under two different editorships; and she is on the Editorial Board of both The Gerontologist and the Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences. She received both the Washington University Distinguished Faculty Award and the Brown School's Outstanding Faculty Award.