Welcome! I am an Associate Professor of Sociology and Gerontology and Director of the Center for Health, Equity, & Aging (CHEA) in Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Public Health (SAPH) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) located in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
I also hold a secondary appointment in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health in the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
The overall goal of my research is to understand variation in older adults’ social environments (family structures, networks, neighborhoods) and health within the United States and cross-nationally to identify options for promoting well-being among aging populations that are particularly vulnerable to social isolation.
Specifically, I’m interested in how the presence or absence of family and non-family ties are linked to social support and social integration, and how this process differentially shapes mental health, physical health, end-of-life experiences, and other aspects of well-being across cultures and societies.
Below are some photos from my international collaborative travels 🙂