Barbara Vinick is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and earned a Ph.D in sociology from Boston University. After post-doctoral work in human development at Harvard University, she conducted research in gerontology at the Department of Veterans Affairs and Boston University School of Public Health. Her publications have focused on family issues in later life. Currently, she is a research associate at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute at Brandeis University, where she has edited two collections of essays from Jewish women around the world and is working on a third. She is secretary of Kulanu.