Re: research on cohousing?
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Fri, 9 Oct 2009 06:25:34 -0700 (PDT)
The Research Coordinator is Dr. Betsy Morris.  She is cc'd above.

You should have easily been able to find Dr. Lisa Poley's dissertation on cohousing at your university library in Dissertation Abstracts. In her dissertation she identified many additional avenues of research in cohousing.

Editorial: I realize I'm a dinosaur having graduated from university more than 35 years ago ... and I have trouble spelling in my old age now ... but I'm truly concerned that people in universities and colleges are not familiar w/ the rudimentary research tools for scholarly research. My concern is if college students doing graduate level research in a university/college can't find out if a topic has already been researched in Dissertation Abstracts -- which is the first place to look when picking a dissertation topic (and it's all on- line now, too!) -- I wonder what kind of research is going to result from this inquiry?

Just for fun I googled "cohousing dissertation abstracts" and came up w/ a slew of responses. Google is the very lowest level entryway for research -- and google coughed up plenty to generate further inquiry into the field.

Sorry to be such a downer this early in the morning but I get tired of students asking basic, basic questions on this list. Easier to query the list than to dig around. Maybe my ire should be directed at the major professors directing the research -- what oversight are they doing?

O me. Think I'll go back to saving the world ... :-)

Best --

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC
Principal, Cohousing Collaborative, LLC
McLean, VA
703 663 3911

On Oct 9, 2009, at 8:31 AM, Joanie Connors wrote:

There is a research coordinator for Coho US. Look on the website for
her name and contact info, or maybe someone will reply here.

It would be good for you to work with her if you can. See where the
cutting edge is from their perspective.

I'm a psychology professor, so if I can help, let me know. My
expertise is groups/relationships, so I'm not as knowledgeable about
the communities literature.

On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 6:49 AM, Elizabeth Markle <lindy60696 [at] > wrote:


My name is Liz Markle, and I'm writing to see if anyone is familiar with research being done on the psychological/community related aspects of cohousing!

I'm a doctoral student at Northeastern University (in psychology,) and a longtime fan of co-ops and co-housing, and am interested in doing research on the psychological benefits of living in community. I believe that people (and families!) are happier and saner when supported in community, and would like to find a way to study this.

However, I'm having a tough time finding out what has already been done/is being done, and who's working on it! I'm reaching out to anyone who might have thoughts or be able to point me in the right directions.

Who is doing research on the psychological/social aspects of cohousing?

Have an idea of what should be studied, or how to do it? I'm all ears!

Please feel free to respond to me privately at markle.e [at] or lindy60696 [at] . Many thanks for your time and consideration!!

- Liz Markle
Northeastern University
Boston, MA

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