Director, Population Research Center, NORC & University of Chicago
BA Western Michigan University, 1987
MPP University of Chicago, 1990
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 1998
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, Browning CR, Jackson AL, Soller, B. Social network, neighborhood, and institutional effects in aging research: An integrated "activity space" approach to examining social context. In New Directions in Social Demography, Social Epidemiology and the Sociology of Aging, Division on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education; National Research Council; Waite LJ, Plewes TJ, eds. Washington, DC: National Academies Press; 2013.
Bromell L, Cagney KA. Companionship in the neighborhood context: Older adults’ living arrangements and perceptions of social cohesion. Research on Aging, 2013, doi: 10.1177/0164027512475096.
Cagney KA, Browning CR, Iveniuk J, and English N. The onset of depression during the Great Recession: Foreclosure and older adult mental health. American Journal of Public Health, 2014;104:498-505.
York Cornwell E, Cagney KA. Assessment of neighborhood context in a nationally-representative sample of older adults. Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences. 2014; doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu052.
Browning, C R, Cagney, KA, Morris, K. Early Chicago School theory. In Bruinsma G (ed), Encyclopedia of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Springer New York. Pp. 1233-1242. 2014.
Hawkley LC, Kocherginsky M, Wong J, Kim J, Cagney KA. Missing Data in Wave 2 of NSHAP: Prevalence, Predictors, and Recommended Treatment. Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 2014; doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbu044.
Saunders M, Lee H, Maene C, Schuble T, Cagney KA. Proximity does not equal access: Racial disparities in access to high quality dialysis facilities. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 2014; 1: 291-299 (senior author).
Iveniuk J, O’Muircheartaigh C, Cagney KA. Religious influence on older Americans' sexual lives: A nationally-representative profile. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 2015; doi 10.1007/s10508-015-0534-0.
Kelley-Moore JA, Cagney KA, Skarupski KA, Everson-Rose SA, Mendes de Leon CF. Do local social hierarchies matter for mental health? A study of neighborhood social status and depressive symptoms in older adults Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 2015; 10.1093/geronb/gbv047.
Jeremy N. Miles JN, Weden MM, Lavery D, Escarce JJ, Cagney KA, Shih RA. Constructing a time-invariant measure of the socio-economic status of U.S. census tracts. Journal of Urban Health, forthcoming.