Investigator Profiles


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James S. House

Angus Campbell Distinguished University Professor of Sociology, Survey Research & Public Policy, Professor of Sociology, College of LSA, & Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan.

James S. House, Ph.D. is Angus Campbell Distinguished University Professor of Survey Research, Public Policy, and Sociology. His research career has focused on the role of social and psychological factors in the etiology and course of health and illness, initially on occupational stress and health, then social relationships and support in relation to health, and currently on the role of psychosocial factors in understanding and alleviating social disparities in health and the way health changes with age. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Academy of Sciences. At the University of Michiganís Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy he teaches courses in socioeconomic policy and health policy. Recently Professor House co-edited Making Americans Healthier: Social and Economic Policy as Health Policy (with Robert Schoeni and others) and A Telescope on Society: Survey Research & Social Science at the University of Michigan and Beyond. He has authored several earlier books and over 100 journal articles and research reports. He was the initial principal investigator of the ACL study from 1985-2005, continued as a co-PI between 2005 and 2010, and became PI again in 2011.

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Sarah Burgard

Research Associate Professor, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan. Co-Director, Postdoctoral Program, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan. Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Michigan. Associate Professor, Epidemiology, University of Michigan.

Dr. Burgard's research focuses on the way systems of stratification and inequality impact the health of people and populations. She currently has two main projects; the first focuses on socioeconomic, gender, and racial/ethnic and immigrant status-based disparities in working lives and the relationships between working careers and health. In this work, Dr. Burgard has researched the health consequences of involuntary job loss, perceived job insecurity, and nonstandard employment contracts in the United States. She is also a primary investigator on the Michigan Recession and Recovery Study a new panel of about 900 adults in Southeast Michigan that entered the field in fall 2009 to assess experiences and consequences of the current serious recession and their links with economic well-being and health. A second area of research examines the consequences of social stratification and inequality for maternal and child health and adolescent outcomes across many countries, with a particular focus on South Africa and China. Dr. Burgard has been an investigator on the ACL study since 2007.

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Philippa J. Clarke

Research Associate Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.

My research interests are in social epidemiology, social gerontology, life course perspectives, models of disability, and population health. I am primarily interested in the social determinants of health at both the micro and macro levels of social reality and at the intersection of these levels as well. My current work examines the role of the built environment on mobility disability, cognitive function, and social participation (with data from the Chicago Community Adult Health Survey); the effect of the urban environment on disability trajectories over time (with national data from the Americans' Changing Lives Study); the health and social factors influencing the use of assistive devices (with data from the Canadian Study of Health & Aging); and cross-national disparities in disability and psychosocial resources (comparing data from the US Health and Retirement Study and the English Longitudinal Study on Ageing). I am currently funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a career development (K01) award to use geographic information systems (GIS) to examine the relationship between the built environment & disability progression, & to identify whether older adults living in less accessible neighborhoods are more likely to be admitted to a nursing home over time. Dr. Clarke has been an investigator on the ACL study since 2005.

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Michael R. Elliott

Associate Professor, Biostatistics, University of Michigan. Associate Research Scientist, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan. Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan.

Dr. Elliott's research interests include the design and analysis of sample surveys, U.S. Census undercount, and missing and latent variable data structures with applications to causal estimation and modeling. Recently he has explored potential outcome models to estimate causal effects in a variety of diverse settings, including longitudinal clinical trials and toxicology studies. Dr. Elliott has been an investigator on the ACL study since 2005.

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Kenneth M. Langa

Professor of Internal Medicine, Medical School. Research Professor, Institute of Gerontology, Research Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research & Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Michigan.

Dr. Langa's present research focuses on estimating the societal costs of chronic disease for both working-age and older adults, with a special emphasis on Alzheimer's Disease. He is an Associate Director of the 'Health and Retirement Study,' a nationally representative longitudinal survey of adults age 51 and older, funded by the National Institute on Aging. Dr. Langa has been an investigator on the ACL study since 2011.

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Paula M. Lantz

Professor, Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan. Research Professor, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan. Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan.

Dr. Lantz has research interests in gender and socioeconomic differences in health status and the use of health care services. She also conducts research regarding public health policy issues in the areas of women's and infant health. Current projects include a longitudinal study of social determinants of health; a population-based study of breast cancer treatment; and several projects on policy issues in breast and cervical cancer screening in underserved populations. Dr. Lantz has been an investigator on the ACL study since 1996. She was the principal investigator from 2006-2010.

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Jeffrey D. Morenoff

Professor of Sociology, Associate Chair, Department of Sociology, College of LSA, Research Professor, Population Studies Center & Research Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute fo Social Research, University of Michigan.

Dr. Morenoff's research interests include crime, health, urban neighborhoods, and the analysis of spatial data. He is currently conducting research on the neighborhood context and spatial dynamics of health and crime, differences across generations of Mexican immigrants and racial/ethnic groups in adolescent crime and problem behavior, neighborhood social organization, and the systematic social observation of urban neighborhoods. Dr. Morenoff has been an investigator on the Americans' Changing Lives (ACL) study since 2000.

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Wen Ye

Research Assistant Professor, Biostatistics, University of Michigan.

Wen Ye is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics. Her methodological research interests include longitudinal analysis, survival analysis, joint modeling of longitudinal and survival data, and analysis on incomplete disease history data. Her collaboration areas include aging, endocrinology, diabetes, and pelvic floor disease in women. Her current work involves developing methods for analyzing longitudinal survey data, specifically adjusting for bias caused by survival-selection and attrition, and using these methods in applications to problems in aging research such as understanding changes in functionality and disease burden in aging process. She has been an investigator on the ACL study since 2011.