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I am an assistant professor in the sociology department at Oklahoma State University. My research addresses how the social environment influences personal health and well-being. Using a broad array of data (e.g., prospective surveys, time-use diaries, 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 outlets such as Social Science & Medicine, Sociology of Health & Illness, Journals of GerontologyJournal of Aging and Healthand Social Networks.


 Recent and Upcoming News


  • April 25, 2022—I was featured on the On Topic with IU podcast where I discussed my collaborative research on social networks and cognitive function.



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

  • July 16, 2020—I presented a paper titled "Network Recall Among Older Adults with Cognitive Impairments" at the Sunbelt Virtual Conference via Zoom.

  • 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 titled "Caregiving and Personal Networks: Implications for Health and Well-being in Later Life."

  • April 11-13, 2019—I presented a paper titled "Disparities in Highly Preventable Deaths by Rurality" (co-authored with Justin Denney) at the Population Association of America annual meeting in Austin, Texas.

  • November 22, 2018—My article "Informal Caregiving and Network Turnover Among Older Adults"  is now online at the Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences

  • November 2, 2018—I spoke at Washington State University's Sociology Colloquium Series in Pullman, WA.

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