I am a quantitative sociologist specializing in aging, families, and health. I received my Ph.D. in Sociology from Boston College, and am currently an Assistant Professor of Gerontology in the McCormack Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Previously, I was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Illinois State University. My research program has received NIH/NIA funding, and focuses on the ramifications of intergenerational, marital, and social relationships for adults’ health and well-being in mid- and later-life. This includes analysis of dyadic associations between husbands’ and wives’ perceptions of marital quality and mental health in later life, as well as effects of neighborhood age composition on adults’ well-being. My work has been published in journals such as The Gerontologist, Social Science Research, Social Psychology Quarterly, Aging & Mental Health, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and Research on Aging.
Research and Teaching Interests
Social Gerontology; Marriage and Family; Social Psychology; Neighborhood Effects;
Quantitative Methods; Health and Well-Being; The Life Course; Bereavement