I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the sociology department at Indiana University. I also hold a joint appointment at the Indiana University Network Science Institute.  

My research addresses how the social environment influences personal health and well-being. Using a broad array of data (e.g., prospective surveys, geo-coded mortality records, neuroimaging phenotypes), I examine health-related outcomes among older adults and the general population. My main aim is to draw attention to the importance of social context by exploring the types of communities, social networks, and families within which individuals are embedded. My work has appeared in Social Science & Medicine, Sociology of Health & Illness, Journals of Gerontologyand Social Networks.

      Recent and Upcoming News

  • August 6, 2020—I presented a paper entitled "Personal Networks and Cognitive Impairment: Mechanisms of Social Causation and Social Contraction" at the UC Berkeley Virtual Network Symposium via Zoom (see video below). 

  • August 1, 2019—I have officially started my new appointment as a research fellow at Indiana University

  • June 19, 2019—I successfully defended my dissertation entitled "Caregiving and Personal Networks: Implications for Health and Well-being in Later Life."

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