Associate Professor, Sociology
Faculty Associate, Aging Studies Institute
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Aging and Policy Studies
I am an Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Faculty Associate at the Aging Studies Institute at Syracuse University. My research aligns with the health and well-being signature theme of the CAPS as I focus on three specific populations: 1) adults with developmental disability; 2) veterans; and 3) home health aides. In my research on adults with developmental disability, I am currently examining the causes and consequences of erroneously coding developmental disability as the underlying cause of death on US death certificates. This line of research also incorporates a policy and place emphasis as I utilize results to recommend changes in CDC death certificate coding guidelines for adults with developmental disability. In my research on veterans, I focus on developing a more robust understanding of the heterogeneity present in mortality trends for veterans across the life course. To date, this line of research has demonstrated that while veterans experience a mortality disadvantage, this disparity varies by age, war-era cohort, race, and type of military-veteran health care. Finally, my research on home health aides focuses on factors that result in lower levels of job satisfaction and higher turnover intent among this integral part of the health care system for older adults and for adults with disability. Results from these studies indicate the need for home health agencies to address the ways in which race-ethnicity and cultural differences among the diverse home health care aide population are impacting morale and job tenure, especially for minority women.
Ph.D., University of Florida, 2014