Associate Professor, Sociology and Health Studies
Director, Population Research Center, NORC & University of Chicago
BA Western Michigan University, 1987
MPP University of Chicago, 1990
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 1998
Office: PRC, 1155 East 60th St., Rm 238
Professor Cagney's work examines social inequality and its relationship to health
with a focus on neighborhood, race, and aging and the life course. She
has developed a series of papers on neighborhood social capital and its
relationship to outcomes such as self-rated health, asthma prevalence,
physical activity, and mortality during the 1995 Chicago heat wave. She
also focuses on the validity of such measures and the development of new
neighborhood-based metrics that reflect the perceptions and experiences
of older residents. Currently she works on two Chicago-based studies of
neighborhood context and older adult health, and is examining the role
of the social and physical environment in older adult well-being with
the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project.
Cagney KA, Glass TA, Skarupski KA, Barnes LL, Schwartz BS, Mendes de Leon C.Neighborhood-level cohesion and disorder: Measurement and validation in two older adult urban populations. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 2009;64B:415-424.
Mendes de Leon, C, Cagney, KA, Bienias, JL, Barnes, LL, Skarupski, KA, Scherr, PA, Evans, DA. Neighborhood social cohesion and disorder in relation to walking in community-dwelling older adults: A multilevel analysis. Journal of Aging and Health. 2009; 21(1): p. 155-171.
Barnes LL, Cagney KA, Bienias JL, Evans DA, Mendes de Leon CF. Social capital, social engagement and cognitive aging. In Hofer SM and Alwin DF, eds., Handbook of Cognitive Aging. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 2008.
Cagney KA, Wen M. Social capital and aging-related outcomes. In Kawachi I, Subramanian, SVand Kim D (eds). Social Capital and Health. New York, NY: Springer. 2007.
Fisher TL, Burnet D, Huang ES, Chin MH, Cagney KA. Cultural leverage: Interventions utilizing culture to narrow racial disparities in health care. Medical Care Research and Review. 2007;64:243S-282S.
Wen M, Browning CR, Cagney KA. Neighborhood deprivation, social capital and regular exercise during adulthood: A multilevel study in Chicago. Urban Studies. 2007;44:1-18.Cagney KA, Browning CR, *Wallace DM. The Latino paradox in neighborhood context: The case of asthma and other respiratory conditions. American Journal of Public Health.2007;97:919-925.