Office: PRC 1155 E 60th St., Rm 238
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.
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-
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,
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.
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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