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Dr. Noppert utilizes an integrative, biosocial approach to both understand and ameliorate long-standing health disparities in aging. Her work incorporates life course data on the social environment at the structural-, neighborhood- , and individual-levels with biological data to understand patterns of immune aging and the implications for overall aging-related morbidity and mortality. 

Dr. Peterson applies advanced population-level analysis and mixed methods approaches to examine issues of safety and mobility throughout the life course.  Her transportation research promotes practical applications supporting mobility-related health and wellbeing for adults, including older adults living with dementia. 

Dr. Lee’s research focuses on improving inclusivity of research data through addressing sampling and measurement issues in data collection with linguistic and racial minorities as well as hard-to-reach and older populations and cross-cultural survey methodology.

Dr. Finlay’s current research focuses on how neighborhood built and social environments may slow rates of cognitive decline and reduce risk for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia among diverse aging Americans. She also investigates psychosocial and behavioral impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the physical, mental, and cognitive health of older adults.

Dr. Sol’s research interests focus on evaluating psychosocial factors, contextual factors such as sociocultural and physical environment, and processes to help improve coping and quality of life of individuals with physical disabilities. She is currently studying disparities in Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) with a focus on the neighborhood. 

My current research interests include the implications of measurement error in auxiliary variables and survey paradata for survey estimation, selection bias in surveys, responsive/adaptive survey design, and interviewer effects in national studies, including those focused on older populations. I also have expertise in multilevel methods for clustered and longitudinal data.

Kathleen Cagney studies social inequality and its relationship to health and aging, with a particular focus on neighborhoods and race.  She has also examined the role of the social environment and its impact on health and well-being over the lifecourse. Dr. Cagney is a faculty member in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Social Research.

Dr. Patterson’s research addresses whether and how social norms and family composition influence caregiving behaviors and wellbeing for family members. She has also studied the role of complex families and kinlessness in the lives of older adults.

Dr. Meier’s research focuses on biosocial approaches to health inequalities and aging. She uses a life course framework to understand the molecular pathways by which social and environmental exposures occurring throughout life get “under the skin” to affect adult and later life health.   

Dr. Hoffman is a health services researcher who studies quality of care and policies affecting older adults. He has conducted research on fall injuries, the effects of caregiving and disease prevention and health promotion, and outcomes for older adults and caregivers related to pay-for-performance policies.