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Dr. Taylor’s research examines informal social support networks of Black Americans including in later life.  He also studies religious participation among African Americans across the life course.  He is Co-Director of the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research.

Dr. Sheria G. Robinson-Lane is a gerontologist with expertise in palliative care, long-term care, and nursing administration. Her work aims to reduce health disparities and improve health equity for diverse older adults and family caregivers managing pain and chronic diseases such as Alzheimer’s. 

Dr. Duchowny’s research seeks to bridge the social, environmental, and biological determinants of musculoskeletal health and physical functioning in older adults. She is most interested in identifying which aspects of the built and social environment matter most in helping older adults maintain independence and understanding life course sociobiologic mechanisms (e.g., viral infections, mitochondrial function) that drive disparate outcomes in physical disability especially related to neighborhoods.

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.