(on leave 2020-2021 academic year)

Office: PRC 1155 E 60th St., Rm 238
Phone: 773-256-6341

Director, Population Research Center, NORC & University of Chicago
BA Western Michigan University, 1987
MPP University of Chicago, 1990
Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 1998

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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.

Selected Publications

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, 2016; 93(1):213-232.

Riley AR, Hawkley LC, Cagney KA. Racial differences in the effects of neighborhood disadvantage on residential mobility in later life.  Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 2016; 71(6):1131-1140.

Cagney KA, Sterrett D, Benz J, Thompson T. Social resources and community resilience in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. PLOS ONE, 2016; 11(8): e0160824. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0160824.

Friedman EM, Shih RA, Slaughter M, Weden MM, Cagney KA. Neighborhood age structure and cognitive function in a nationally-representative sample of older adults in the U.S. Social Science and Medicine, 2017; 174:149-158.

York Cornwell E, Cagney KA. Aging in activity space: Results from a smartphone-based GPS-tracking study of urban seniors. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 2017; gbx063. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbx063.

Caldwell JT, Lee H, Cagney KA. The role of primary care for the oral health of rural and urban older adults. Journal of Rural Health, 2017; 33:409-418.

Caldwell JT, Lee, H, Cagney KA. Disablement in context: Neighborhood characteristics and their association with frailty onset among older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences, 2017; gbx123.

Tung EL, Cagney KA, Peek ME, Chin MH. Spatial context and health inequity: Reconfiguring race, place, and poverty. Journal of Urban Health, 2017; 94:757-763.

Cagney KA, York Cornwell E. Place, aging, and health. In Future Directions for the Demography of Aging. National Academy of Sciences (forthcoming).

Cagney KA. Aging populations. In Galea S and Vlahov D (eds) Urban Health. Oxford University Press (forthcoming).