My Research

Broadly, my research centers on the intersection of gender/sex, race/ethnicity, family relationships, aging, health, and wellbeing. More specifically, I investigate how different groups of people, based on gender/sex, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status (SES), differ in the stressful life experiences they encounter and their health outcomes over the life course. For example, how do gender and race/ethnicity relate to the likelihood of experiencing life adversities (e.g., poverty, violence, having ill/disabled family members)? How does experiencing life adversities compromise health through various pathways (e.g., reduced opportunities in education and jobs, poor coping skills, engaging in unhealthy behaviors)? How do individuals mobilize personal and social resources (e.g., sense of control, purpose in life, coping, social support) to mitigate the negative impact of life adversities? My research focuses on life adversities occurring in early life and old age, the most critical/sensitive periods of the life course.


Recent Work

Lee, Chioun, Soojin Park, and Jennifer Boylan. (2021). Cardiovascular Health at the Intersection of Race and Gender: Identifying Life-Course Processes to Reduce Health Disparities, Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 76 (6): 1127–1139.


Lee, Chioun and Soojin Park. (2020). Examining Cumulative Inequality in the Association between Childhood SES and BMI from Midlife to Old Age. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 75 (6), 1264–1274.


Lee, Chioun, Lexi Harari, and Soojin Park. (2020). Early-Life Adversities and Recalcitrant Smoking in Midlife: An Examination of Gender and Life-Course Pathways. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 54 (11), 867–879.


Lee, Chioun and Carol D. Ryff. (2019). Pathways Linking Combinations of Early-Life Adversities to Adult Mortality: Tales that Vary by Gender. Social Science & Medicine. Nov; 240:112566.