My Research

Broadly, my research centers on the intersection of gender/sex, race/ethnicity, family relationships, aging, health, and well-being. 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.