Ph.D. Florida State University, 2008
My teaching and research interests include Social Gerontology, Medical Sociology, and Mental Health. I teach Sociology of Health and Health Care, Aging in Society, and Sociology of Families. My research examines the effect of family and work transitions, namely spousal bereavement and retirement, on physical and social-psychological health of older adults. I am particularly interested in exploring how social structural and personal resources shape the relationships between later life transitions and health outcomes. I also study end-of-life decision making among middle-aged and older adults, specifically assessing factors determining advanced care planning and, social group disparities in access to and quality of end-of-life health care.